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Get fit and healthy at Car-Free Sunday SG

  Published: 26 April 2017

 

The April edition of Car-Free Sunday SG offers a slew of fun activities and programmes for family and friends to spend Sunday morning together exploring the cultural and historic district and enjoying the car-free streets. 

Much in store for participants this Sunday

The Farmers’ Market by Central Singapore Community Development Council (CDC) will be back, this time with more stalls. Foodies will be spoilt for choice with the wide variety of fresh groceries available and can pick up healthy-eating tips from talks and sharing sessions. There will also be family-friendly activities, such as face painting, balloon sculpting and giant bubbles to keep the kids happy and occupied, and picnic corners for the family to chill out together.

Healthy habits start young. Parents can introduce their young children to yoga at a special kids yoga session or sign up for a parent-child yoga session to bond with their children. Other fun-filled activities for children include the ActiveSG Kids Imagination Playground, inline skating and fun archery.

Soccer fans can catch some ‘live’ action at the JSSL Singapore International 7s that will be taking place at the Padang. A record of 260 youth teams from 14 nations will be competing for the greatest glory in Asia’s largest youth football tournament.

Bike share companies Mobike, oBike and ofo Singapore will be present and offering free bicycle rentals to Car-Free Sunday SG participants on a first-come, first-served basis. Each company will have 10 to 15 free bicycles available for use by the public in 30-minute blocks.

The public can also continue to enjoy free trishaws rides. This was first introduced in the November 2016 edition of Car-Free Sunday SG to enable those who are less mobile, particularly the elderly, to experience and take in the sights of our car-free Civic District. Volunteers from the cycling group Team Next Stage Singapore and members of the public will be on site to offer rides. Alternatively, participants can choose to operate the trishaws to take their elderly family members or friends around the Civic District Loop.

Participants can register for the trishaw service between 8am and 11am on Sunday at the trishaw booth in front of National Gallery Singapore, along St Andrew’s Road. Each registration will be for a 15-minute block, and will be on a first-come, first-served basis.

The popular bike train will also be back to ferry the young and old around the car-free route in the Civic District. Car-Free Sunday SG participants can join the bike train cycling tour at 30-minute intervals at the starting point along St Andrew’s Road in front of National Gallery Singapore. Children and the elderly will be given priority.

Those considering to own a bicycle or personal mobility device can visit the “Personal Mobility Roadshow” located along St Andrew’s Road to try out a variety of bicycles and personal mobility devices from vendors such as EcoRider, Speedgrow, E-Walker, The Urban Bike and 25kmh.

New activities at Telok Ayer Conservation Area

This Sunday, the Telok Ayer Conservation Area will turn into a “treasure island” for participants to hunt for “Bloom Drops”. Some 80 exquisite blooms – roses and peonies – specially handcrafted from crepe paper by Miss Petal & Bloom, will be “dropped” around the historic area. Lucky participants who find a bloom can bring it home with them, along with an inspirational message to brighten their day! Participants can also learn to make their own blooms at a ‘live’ demonstration from 10.00am to 11.30am at Chong Wen Ge Café.  
 
While exploring the Telok Ayer Conservation Area on foot or by bike, participants can stop by Thian Hock Keng Temple to learn about the voyage of early Hokkien immigrants, their early lives and struggles in Telok Ayer and Amoy Street, and their contributions towards Singapore’s nation building. The rear wall of the temple has recently been decorated with a mural commissioned by Singapore Hokkien Huay Kuan and painted by artist Yip Yew Chong. The old meets the new as the wall mural now comes alive with an Augmented Reality (AR) feature that allows visitors to see digital photos, videos and interesting facts of that era, simply by downloading the free LocoMole mobile app and pointing their mobile phones at various parts of the mural.

Early birds can also enjoy breakfast at cafés that will be opening earlier from 8am, watch open microphone performances and skits at Telok Ayer Square, or participate in guided tours around Telok Ayer.

Share the Road Cycling Carnival to promote cycling inclusivity

The Share the Road Cycling Carnival, organised by Singapore Cycling Federation and Cycosports, will be back with the criterium races at Cecil Street and Robinson Road. This month, in line with the carnival’s aim to highlight the diversity of cycling disciplines and promote cycling as an inclusive sporting and recreational activity, there will be races for the juniors up to 18 years of age, as well as fun races for those with folding bikes and shared bikes.
 
Members of the public are welcome to join in to watch the criterium races, which start at 6am at Cecil Street, before participating in the community ride from the Central Business District (CBD) back to the Civic District at 7.30am for the official Car-Free Sunday SG flag off in front of the National Gallery Singapore at 8am.

Refer to Annex A [PDF, 2MB] for more details on the activities and Annex B [PDF, 367kb] for road closure hours and road closure map. Members of the public are encouraged to take public transport or cycle to the event venue. Refer to Annex C [PDF, 1.5MB] for cycling access points to the Padang.

Special editions of Car-Free Sunday SG for the rest of 2017

This Sunday will mark the end of the second run of Car-Free Sunday SG. Car-Free Sunday SG was piloted in February 2016 to raise public awareness of how we can enjoy more vibrant streets and spaces by going car-lite. A second run began in October 2016 and saw the car-free route extended from the Civic District and the CBD into the Telok Ayer Conservation Area.

Over the last 11 editions, Car-Free Sunday SG has not only seen tens of thousands coming to enjoy the car-free streets, but also active participation from the public, private and people sectors in contributing to the programming and line-up for the event to create a fun and fulfilling experience for everyone.

For the remaining part of 2017, the agencies will be staging three special editions of Car-Free Sunday SG to be held in May, July and October. These are scheduled to support the activities at Car-Free Sunday SG by our community partners. For example, the May edition will be held in conjunction with Families for Life Celebrations 2017 by the Families for Life Council. More details will be announced later.

There have been calls to bring Car-Free Sunday SG to other locations to enable more people to experience the benefits of car-free streets. The Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) is in discussions with stakeholders in various precincts to explore new venues and formats. URA is also exploring more sustainable funding models for this initiative. With support from the community and partner agencies, URA will continue to facilitate car-free events to enable more to experience the benefits of going car-lite.

Car-Free Sunday SG is a community initiative by URA, Land Transport Authority (LTA), National Parks Board (NParks), National Arts Council (NAC), Health Promotion Board (HPB), Sport Singapore (SportSG) and Singapore Land Authority (SLA), supported by a host of community and interest groups to promote the car-lite message and enliven the streets.

Get updates on Car-Free Sunday SG activities and details at https://www.facebook.com/carfreesundaysg/. If you are a participant at the event, do share your photos with us. Visit http://ura.sg/carfreesundaysg to find out more about the event.

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