First car-free Sunday on Feb 28 a step towards car-lite Singapore: Lawrence Wong

A view of the Padang and the CBD as seen from Swissotel The Stamford. PHOTO: ST FILE

SINGAPORE - The first car-free Sunday in parts of the Central Business District (CBD) and Civic District will take place on Feb 28, National Development Minister Lawrence Wong confirmed in a blog post on Tuesday (Feb 16).

This will be part of a six-month pilot held on the last Sunday of each month from February to July.

"From 7am to 9am, the roads around the Padang - St Andrew's Road, Stamford Road and Connaught Drive - and Fullerton Road will be fully closed to vehicles, while Shenton Way and Robinson Road will be partially closed for you to cycle, jog or walk," Mr Wong wrote in his post.

The entire route will span approximately 4.7km, the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) said in a press release on Tuesday.

Mr Wong and Minister of Transport Khaw Boon Wan will flag off the event at 7am outside the National Gallery Singapore, along St Andrew's Road, URA added.

Having spoken last month about how Singapore needed a "cultural shift" towards a car-lite future so as to be more sustainable in the long run, Mr Wong said "Car-Free Sunday SG" will take the vision a step further.

"Over the past few weeks, I've met and spoken to many Singaporeans who support the vision of a car-lite and people-friendly city," he added.

"It will take tremendous effort and time to make our vision a reality. But if we want a future city that's cleaner and greener, and provides an even better quality of life for all, we must start to make changes now."

Mr Wong added that the government has been working hard to improve Singapore's public transport and infrastructure for active mobility options like walking and cycling.

Unveiling the "Car-Free Sunday SG" logo for the first time in his blog, Mr Wong also invited the public to "come and experience for yourself what a car-free city is like" on Feb 28.

According to URA, activities will be held at the various public spaces, including Empress Lawn (in front of Victoria Theatre and Concert Hall), Esplanade Park and along Connaught Drive.

The public can take part in fitness group exercises or try different sports, such as three-a-side basketball, mini tennis or fun football, conducted by ActiveSG Football Academy principal Aleksandar Duric.

There will also be a special breakfast picnic session - Breakfast@Empress - serving local delights like roti prata and nasi lemak, while two food trucks will be stationed along Connaught Driver from 8am to 7pm.

The National Gallery Singapore, Asian Civilisations Museum, and Victoria Theatre and Concert Hall will open earlier at 9am.

Street performances will also be held at Esplanade Park, Connaught Drive and Empress Place throughout the day till 6pm.

The public can visit the URA website for more information.

A full list of activities and more details about the various routes can be found below.

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