Open Streets describes itself as "a citizen-driven initiative, working to design and promote streets which embed and generate respect for people, regardless of who they are, and how they move". It was founded by "a group of volunteers committed to a more equitable, integrated, safer and vibrant Cape Town". Open Streets Cape Town "works to design campaigns that raise citizen awareness, foster public debate about public streets and engage everyone in redesigning and re-working streets".
It was initiated by social movement activists and encourages people to participate through organising & campaigning and special events. Open Streets is local in orientation and concerned with environment & sustainability and neighbourhood & community.
It was launched in 2012 and is ongoing.