The 2.6 km Fan Walk is a pedestrian link along Darling, Strand, Adderley, Riebeek and Waterkant streets, through to Somerset Road, with dedicated pedestrian paths across Buitengracht St and Western Boulevard and Public Squares at St Andrews and the Stadium Forecourt within the Green Point Urban Park. (click here
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This route, which links directly to a vibrant night-time economy well-served by pubs, clubs, restaurants and hotels, connects the Cape Town Stadium to the Fan Fest and the transport hub on the Grand Parade, with the Cape Town Station en-route – following the traditional Minstrels Carnival route. The route will be abuzz with local street theatre and street vending activities giving fans a glimpse of the cultural and gastronomic delights of the city.
Although the Fan Walk will only be in place on the eight Cape Town match days, the upgrade of walking and cycling facilities will obviously leave a lasting legacy in Cape Town.
A new landscaped pedestrian-prioritised/cycle/one-way vehicle route along Waterkant Street, from Buitengracht to Lower Burg, also forms part of this inner-city upgrade. The Waterkant Street Bridge is in a sensitive heritage area and a full Heritage Impact Assessment needs to be completed if the bridge is to remain in place permanently. There will also be a new signal crossing to cope with the volumes (and to assist the disabled) during the World Cup™ games and beyond.
A new pedestrian bridge has been constructed across the inbound traffic at the intersection of Coen Steytler Avenue across Buitengracht.
The public space upgrade of St Andrews Square, through which the Fan Walk passes, was initiated by the South African Heritage Resources Agency, the City’s Heritage Resource Section and the Green Point City Improvement District (CID) in 2003 after excavations revealed the existence of unmarked and undocumented graves. The walls of the old cemeteries can still be seen at the Salesian Institute on the corner of Somerset Road and Chiappini Street, and at Victoria Junction.
Prestwich Memorial, which can currently only be visited by arrangement, is an example of how the City intends to upgrade and link public spaces, connecting them to each other by pedestrianised walkways such as, for example, St Georges Mall and Waterkant Street.
Improvements along Somerset Road will provide separate pedestrian and bicycle lanes along the northern (sea) side of Somerset Road from Alfred Street to Three Anchor Bay Road and on the eastern side of Three Anchor Bay Road from Somerset Road to Beach Road. There will no longer be on-street parking on Somerset Road between Ebenezer Road at the Green Point Traffic Department to Chiappini Street, and only one lane of traffic in each direction along Somerset Road.
Much of the pavement on the southern (mountain) side of Somerset Road, from Buitengracht to York Road, has been resurfaced to improve pedestrian conditions The northern side will consist of a paved pedestrian and cycle path, with the overall condition of this road improved.