Car-Free Sunday returns after brief hiatus, expanded to cover more areas

Cyclists ride along St Andrew's Road in front of the National Gallery during Car-Free Sunday on March 27, 2016.
Cyclists ride along St Andrew's Road in front of the National Gallery during Car-Free Sunday on March 27, 2016.PHOTO: ST FILE

SINGAPORE - Three-year-old Audrey Lim was so excited about cycling on the roads in the city that she dreamt about it all week.

When Car-Free Sunday finally returned on Oct 30 after its first run ended in July, her family of four took their bicycles to the National Gallery Singapore to cycle on the event's 5.5km route.

The Lim family was glad to see Car-Free Sunday SG's brief hiatus come to an end.

"Audrey was really looking forward to it; the last time we could (participate) was in July. She played the drums, made a silkscreen bag," said her father Maya Lim, 44, a bank executive.

The monthly programme, which was piloted from February to July, was expanded from the Central Business District (CBD) and Civic District areas into the Telok Ayer conservation area starting from October's edition.

The second instalment of Car-Free Sunday was stretched to 5.5km from 4.7km previously, with additional road closures affecting McCallum, Amoy, Boon Tat, Telok Ayer and Stanley streets.

Besides the expansion to Telok Ayer, more roads were fully closed, such as the five-lane Robinson Road and the four-lane Cecil Street, to create more cycling and jogging lanes.

Buses plying these roads were diverted to Shenton Way. Roads were closed between 8am and 11am.

It runs on the last Sunday of every month - except in December due to the New Year celebrations - until April.

Of the activities on Sunday (Oct 30), more than 50 people enjoyed free guided tours of the 176-year-old Thian Hock Keng Temple in Telok Ayer Street.

Around 20 people also took part an educational walking trail along Ann Siang Hill and Telok Ayer Green, which looks at the trades and ways of life of Singapore's early immigrants.

A few cafes along Telok Ayer Street also opened their doors earlier to cater to participants.