Crowds return for second Car-Free Sunday with extended hours and routes

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.ST PHOTO: MARK CHEONG
Jalan Besar GRC MP Yaacob Ibrahim (third from right) walks with residents from Kolam Ayer along St Andrew's Road during Car-Free Sunday on March 27, 2016.
Jalan Besar GRC MP Yaacob Ibrahim (third from right) walks with residents from Kolam Ayer along St Andrew's Road during Car-Free Sunday on March 27, 2016.ST PHOTO: MARK CHEONG
(From left), Lee Ah Yoke, 76, Jiang Miao Lang, 76 and Kwa Chye Hong, 78, friends who live in Kolam Ayer, hold hands and walk down Esplanade Drive during Car-Free Sunday on March 27, 2016.
(From left), Lee Ah Yoke, 76, Jiang Miao Lang, 76 and Kwa Chye Hong, 78, friends who live in Kolam Ayer, hold hands and walk down Esplanade Drive during Car-Free Sunday on March 27, 2016.ST PHOTO: MARK CHEONG
People on electronic unicycles ride pass sleeping workers along Esplanade Drive during Car-Free Sunday on March 27, 2016.
People on electronic unicycles ride pass sleeping workers along Esplanade Drive during Car-Free Sunday on March 27, 2016.ST PHOTO: MARK CHEONG
Two men speed skate down Esplanade Drive during Car-Free Sunday on March 27, 2016.
Two men speed skate down Esplanade Drive during Car-Free Sunday on March 27, 2016.ST PHOTO: MARK CHEONG
People on electronic unicycles ride along Esplanade Drive during Car-Free Sunday on March 27, 2016.
People on electronic unicycles ride along Esplanade Drive during Car-Free Sunday on March 27, 2016.ST PHOTO: MARK CHEONG
People play basketball at a recruitment drive held by the ActiveSG Basketball Academy along Connaught Drive during Car-Free Sunday on March 27, 2016.
People play basketball at a recruitment drive held by the ActiveSG Basketball Academy along Connaught Drive during Car-Free Sunday on March 27, 2016.ST PHOTO: MARK CHEONG

SINGAPORE - On its second run today, Car-Free Sunday opened with extended hours and routes.

Instead of from 7am to 9am, some roads in the Central Business District was closed from 7.30am to 10am, while roads in the Civic District loop will be closed from 7.30am to noon.

Specific roads affected are Robinson Road, Shenton Way and Fullerton Road, as well as St Andrew Road, Stamford Road and Esplanade Drive. Connaught Drive will be closed till 7pm for activities. 

The route was also extended to include Esplanade Drive, forming a 5km stretch for walkers, runners, cyclists and others on personal mobility devices. 

Minister for Communications and Information Dr Yaacob Ibrahim, who started a run at 7.30am with 150 elderly residents from his Kolam Ayer division, said he was keen to make Car-Free Sunday a monthly event for his residents.

The MP for Jalan Besar GRC suggesting encouraging more community groups and elderly to participate, as well as having the elderly join in the activities at the event.

New activities during this edition includes yoga, as well as an arts and gardening bazaar.

Separately, Dr Yaacob said that the upcoming Committee of Supply debate for his ministry will have a focus on the shortage of IT talent, amid Singapore's Smart Nation drive which will generate demand for new IT skills and services.