Car-free Sundays to be extended from October

In-line skaters and cyclists had the streets of the Central Business District to themselves on the first Car-Free Sunday on Feb 28, 2016.
In-line skaters and cyclists had the streets of the Central Business District to themselves on the first Car-Free Sunday on Feb 28, 2016. PHOTO: THE NEW PAPER

SINGAPORE - Car-free Sundays in the heart of the city area will be extended from October.

The six-month pilot, which closes off roads around the CBD and Civic District to vehicles every last Sunday morning of the month, ends in July.

It will then take a two month break for the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) to review the scheme before resuming in October, said National Development Minister Lawrence Wong on the sidelines of the event on Sunday (June 26) morning.

"It was a tremendous success," said Mr Wong of the trial that started in February.

 

Each edition of the event has welcomed thousands of pedestrians and cyclists.

The URA has not decided how long the extension will run, and will continuously review the scheme, Mr Wong said.