Source: Straits Times 29 Dec 2015
The Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) is planning to launch “car-free Sunday” in parts of the Civic and Central Business Districts starting from Feb 28 next year.
Under a six-month pilot programme, URA has identified several roads that will close from 7am to 9am on the last Sunday of each month.
The affected roads, which include the entire area around the Padang and partial sections of Fullerton Road, Shenton Way and Robinson Road, will form a 4.7km-long cycling and walking route, according to a public tender put up by the URA.
Parts of Connaught Drive and St Andrew’s Road around the Padang will remain closed till noon.
Community and mass exercise activities will be organised at Esplanade Park and Empress Lawn with the help of National Parks Board, Health Promotion Board and SportSG during “car-free Sunday”.
URA is inviting local and international event management companies to bid to run the event. The tender will close on Jan 11, 2016.
There are currently 10 car-free zones designated by URA which come into effect on certain days and at specific timings.
For instance, a section of Orchard Road is closed on the first Saturday of every month – between 6pm and 11pm - for Pedestrian Night.
Club Street and Ann Siang Road are closed to vehicle traffic on Fridays and Saturdays from 7pm to 2am.
Parts of the Kampong Glam area, such as Haji Lane and Bussorah Street, are turned into pedestrian-only roads every Friday (6pm-midnight) and on weekends (noon-midnight).
Liang Seah Street in Bugis was the latest zone to go car-free (Fridays to Sundays, 7pm-midnight) in a three-month pilot that began on Dec 4, while an 11th – nearby Baghdad Street – will follow suit from Jan 1.