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Car-Free Sunday SG brings buzz into Bencoolen Street, Civic District and Telok Ayer

  Published: 23 May 2017


The May edition of Car-Free Sunday SG will see a packed programme of community activities lined up at three key districts in the Central Area of Singapore – Bencoolen Street in Bras Basah.Bugis, Civic District and Telok Ayer in Chinatown.

For the first time, road closures for Car-Free Sunday SG will be extended to Bencoolen Street on 28 May to celebrate the completion of a series of enhancement works done to the street. The one-off extension brings the total walking, jogging and cycling route to approximately 6.7km. At the Civic District, participants can look forward to an exciting line-up of family-friendly activities at the Families for Life Celebrations 2017 organised by the Families for Life Council. At Telok Ayer Conservation Area, a Xinyao Breakfast Concert featuring local artistes will take place from 10am to 12noon.

Walk, jog or cycle your way to experience Bencoolen Street

As part of the May edition of Car-Free Sunday SG, besides the usual car-free route at Civic District, Central Business District and Telok Ayer, participants will get to walk, jog or cycle along an enhanced Bencoolen Street. The street will have new car-lite features to make the street and public spaces more people-friendly.

An array of fun activities has also been lined up at Bencoolen Street, where participants can try their hands at creative crafts; browse through artisanal, handcrafted products; or indulge in gourmet snacks.

Sunday fun for families at Civic District

Back at Civic District, participants will get to enjoy a fun-filled time with their families through a myriad of activities, as the Families for Life Council brings back Families for Life Celebrations 2017 at Car-Free Sunday SG this month. These include the first-ever Family Duathlon where families run and cycle around the Civic District, and the energising Family Walk and Family Zumba.

Foodie families can drop by the Padang for a Breakfast Picnic and enjoy the wide spread of local delights by Heritage Hawkers and organic produce at the Farmers’ Market. 

A variety of arts and culture activities also awaits. The first edition of the Children’s Biennale organised by National Gallery Singapore will present inspiring installations, interactive artworks, music performances and film showcases, specially designed for kids and families.

On display over at the Asian Civilisations Museum are furniture, fashion and decorative arts from Korea’s Joseon era. Treasures from the National Museum of Korea, the National Palace Museum of Korea and the Daegu National Museum will be displayed in Singapore for the first time.

Trishaw rides will continue to be available for the public, especially for the elderly to experience and take in the sights of our car-free Civic District. Volunteers from Allied World Champion System and Cycling Without Age will be on hand to provide rides. Participants can also 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 9am 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.

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

Sing along at Telok Ayer

Participants heading to the Telok Ayer Conservation Area will be in for a treat. They can soak in the nostalgic Singapore Chinese folk-pop music at the Xinyao Breakfast Concert organised by Singapore Hokkien Huay Kuan and browse the flea market and F&B stalls in the area.
Pop into the cafes at Telok Ayer that will be opened earlier from 8am, enjoy the open microphone performances or participate in guided tours around Telok Ayer.

Refer to Annex A [PDF. 545kb] for more details on the activities and Annex B [PDF. 616kb] 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. 920kb] for cycling access points to the Padang.

Car-Free Sunday SG will be back on 30 July and 29 October 2017. Details on the activities and programmes will be provided in due course. 

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), 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.