World Design Capital
Hout Bay residents are planning their own ‘yellow brick road’ to bring communities together and create a new set of opportunities for the area. Bay Walk is a yellow pathway connecting the three historically divided communities of Hout Bay. This simple, sustainable intervention will improve community cohesion and safety, increase foot traffic to local businesses and boost tourism and jobs in this beautiful seaside village. A collaboration between GreaterGood South Africa, dhk Architects and the Planning Partnership, Bay Walk has been recognised as an official project of the World Design Capital Cape Town 2014.
Nowhere else in Cape Town is the contrast between the wealthy and the wretched as visible and as stark as in Hout Bay.
– Mail & Guardian, 2007
Bay Walk uses simple design strategies, decided on by the community and driven by a multi-disciplinary team of experts, to create a pathway linking three divided communities, improving safety and well-being, increasing foot traffic to Hout Bay’s businesses and creating a tourist attraction that everyone benefits from. The project will be launched and recognised annually with a community Bay Walk of the route on the Saturday before the PicknPay Cape Argus Cycle Race.
We are currently raising the funding to implement Phase 1 of the Bay Walk project, a community consultation and safety audit to map safety hotspots, develop plans for street furniture and lighting, as well as identifying socio-economic opportunity linkages.