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Can You Imagine Singapore without Cars?

by On Feb 21, 2016
Can You Imagine Singapore without Cars?

What does a morning without cars in Singapore mean for Singaporeans? You have to take part in the first Car-Free Sunday SG to find out.

This six-month pilot initiative will start on the last Sunday of each month from February to July. From 7 a.m. to 9 a.m., the roads around the Padang – St Andrew’s Road, Stamford Road and Connaught Drive – and Fullerton Road will be fully closed to vehicles, while Shenton Way and Robinson Road will be partially closed. You can cycle, jog or walk in the areas.

Meanwhile, St Andrew’s Road and part of Stamford Road will remain closed until 12 p.m.. Connaught Drive will remain closed until 7 p.m..

i-Run (HPB) and Many Fun-Filled Activities

The car-free route of approximately 4.7 kilometres will include various sports and fitness sessions, family-friendly activities and a breakfast picnic area.

Can You Imagine Singapore without Cars?

Map courtesy of URA

Those who love running can run with pacers in the i-Run organised by the Health Promotion Board. You can choose 3km, 5km or 7km distances, flagging off at 7 a.m. in front of the National Gallery Singapore.

The re-furbished Asian Civilisations Museum, Victoria Theatre and Concert Hall and the newly-opened National Gallery of Singapore will open earlier from 9 a.m. on that day. Visitors can enjoy the various exhibitions and galleries on Asian and Southeast Asian art and culture.

You can also enjoy your favourite local breakfast such as roti prata, nasi lemak and more at the breakfast picnic area on the lawn in front of Victoria Theatre and Concert Hall.

Two food trucks – The Travelling C.O.W and Coffee Bandits – will also be stationed along Connaught Drive from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m..

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Meanwhile, the public can also take part in fitness group exercises or take on different sports at the Sports Try Outs. Activities includes the 3-a-side Basketball, Mini Tennis and fun football activities conducted by ActiveSG Football Academy principal and local football legend, Aleksandar Duric.

There will be street performances at Esplanade Park, Connaught Drive and Empress Place throughout the day, till 6 p.m.

Want to know more about historical landmarks as well as heritage and other interesting trees within the Civic District? The Monument Trail guided tour is perfect for you. Here are some others city trails you can discover more about.

Access to Car-Free Sunday SG

The road closures for Car-Free Sunday SG will take place rain or shine. Everyone is encourage to take public transport or cycle to the event venue. Some activities might be suspended depending on the weather. Do take note that motorised equipment is not permitted on the roads. You can bring your own bicycles or rent one from Car-Free Sunday SG’s partner bicycle rental companies and collect the bicycles at Connaught Drive.

To find out more about the event, check out #CarFreeSundaySG.

Aidan is the Editor-in-chief of RunSociety. As a health improvement hacker and explorer, he oversees RunSociety’s Creativity Channel, spanning a wide range of inspirational and enriching topics daily to the running community. Get in touch with him if you have any fresh ideas!

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