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Car-Free Sunday SG comes early in January!

  Published: 18 January 2017

Car-Free Sunday SG will be taking place on 22 January. The event has been brought forward by one week earlier this month as the Chinese New Year holidays fall on the last weekend of the month. Join us this Sunday to enjoy a variety of recreational and community activities, in particular those at the Telok Ayer conservation area organised to coincide with the ongoing festive Chinese New Year celebrations in the Chinatown district.

Be entertained by the Hwa Chong Chinese Orchestra as they perform a series of Chinese New Year songs as well as Mandopop songs at Telok Ayer Green, next to the Thian Hock Keng Temple.

Singapore Hok San Association, the first lion dance troupe in Singapore, will be performing lion dance and drum segments on Sunday morning. Participants who are game can try their hands at playing the drums or don the lion head and learn some lion dance moves.

Besides the festivities, the public can continue to enjoy breakfast in cafés that will be opening earlier from 8am, relish the musical performances by buskers as well as perform on the open microphone stage that will further enliven the Telok Ayer conservation area.

Share the Road Cycling Carnival

This month, Singapore Cycling Federation and Cycosports will be organising a “Share the Road Cycling Carnival” from 6am to 7.30am along Robinson Road and Cecil Street. The carnival will include a series of criterium races between different cycling groups in Singapore that will inject added adrenaline to the city’s streets early in the morning, and also feature a community ride around Robinson Road and Cecil Street, to showcase the different groups of cyclists within the cycling community sharing the roads. Members of the public are welcome to join in as spectators of the criterium races from 6am to 7.30am, and to join in the community ride from Cecil Street back to the Civic District at 7.30am for the official Car-Free Sunday SG flag off in front of National Gallery Singapore at 8am.

The carnival will become a regular feature at subsequent editions of Car-Free Sunday SG. Singapore Cycling Federation and Cycosports hope to highlight the diversity of cycling disciplines and promote cycling as an inclusive sporting and recreational activity in Singapore. Among the different groups and disciplines of cycling being showcased will include hand-cycling, foldable bikes, and fixed gear bicycles. Members of the public and cycling enthusiasts will find the carnival an exciting and colourful addition to Car-Free Sunday SG. 

Take a ride on our trishaw

The popular trishaw service will be back again this Sunday. Initiated to enable those who are less mobile, particularly the elderly, to experience and take in the sights of our car-free Civic District, the service will feature six trishaws offering rides by volunteers, including cycling teams from the criterium races. Participants can also choose to operate the trishaw personally to ferry their elderly family members or friends.

Participants can register for the trishaw service between 8am and 10am on Sunday at the trishaw booth in front of National Gallery Singapore, along St Andrew’s Road. Each registration is for a 15-minute block around the Civic District Loop, and on a first-come, first-served basis.

Other community activities to enjoy

Make a pit-stop along the Esplanade Park to pick up groceries at the Farmers’ Market organised by Central Singapore CDC. This Car-Free Sunday SG, the market will be twice as big, with more participating stalls, offering local and organic produce to encourage healthy eating in our community.

Be sure to join us at this Car-Free Sunday SG on 22 January 2017 with its diverse range of community activities and offerings to see, do and enjoy.
 
Refer to Annex A [PDF, 439kb] for more details on the activities.

Car-Free Sunday SG Facebook Page

Like our Facebook page and get updated on the latest happenings around the Civic District and Telok Ayer conservation area. If you are a participant at the event, do share your photos with us and the activities on the day itself.

Get updates on Car-Free Sunday SG activities and details at https://www.facebook.com/carfreesundaysg/.

Road closure and general information

The new run of Car-Free Sunday SG features more fully-closed roads, creating more cycling and jogging lanes for participants to have a better car-free experience. The addition of the Telok Ayer Loop to the Civic District and CBD Loops will bring the total walking, cycling and jogging route to approximately 5.5km to offer the public a car-free experience in this integral part of our city centre.

See table below for details of road closures and Annex B [PDF, 297kb] for the road closure map.



Members of the public are encouraged to take public transport or cycle to the event venue. At the event, participants can cycle on their own bicycles or rent one before the event from Car-Free Sunday SG’s partner bicycle rental companies and collect the bicycles at Connaught Drive during the event. Refer to Annex C [PDF, 1.5MB] for cycling access points to the Padang.

Car-Free Sunday SG is a community initiative by the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA), Land Transport Authority (LTA), National Parks Board (NParks), National Arts Council (NAC), Health Promotion Board (HPB) and Sport Singapore (SportSG), supported by a host of community and interest groups to promote the car-lite message and enliven the streets. The second series of Car-Free Sunday SG will run for at least six editions. See Annex D [PDF, 6kb] for the list of dates for upcoming editions.

Visit http://ura.sg/carfreesundaysg to find out more about the event.

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