After a two month break, Car Free Sunday has returned with longer hours and road closures extended to Telok Ayer, much to the delight of many Singaporeans.
The last run in July saw 4.7km of roads closed, but the monthly programme has now expanded the road closures to 5.5km given the popularity of the event.
After a two month break, Car Free Sunday has returned with longer hours and road closures. Photo: Sport Singapore
Besides Telok Ayer, Robinson Road, Cecil Street and roads around Amoy were closed to give Singaporeans a longer and more varied route.
People turned up in droves with their bicycles, electric scooters and inline skates on Sunday morning to soak in the scenic Central Business District, while a myriad of sporting events were available around the Padang catering to the different interests of fitness enthusiasts.
With the support of ActiveSG, a functional fitness programme – a relatively new exercise that is growing in popularity – was organised on the steps of the National Gallery.
“Functional fitness means being to perform activities of daily life proficiently,” said John Tang, a functional fitness coach with SuperFit.
People participating in a functional fitness training programme during Car Free Sunday. Photo: Sport Singapore
“Being functional would suggest being able to climb up stairs, being able to carry your groceries home, being able to lift someone out of a burning building.”
“How we are different from other forms of training, is that we utilize mostly functional movements such as the lunge, push-ups and other bodyweight exercises.”
ActiveSG also set up booths around the Padang introducing the public to novel sports such as bike polo and tchoukball.
With similar rules to polo, which is played on horses on grass fields, bike polo is played on bicycles, using a mallet to drive a ball into the opposing team’s goal.
While bike polo has been around for some time, it is still very new to the Singapore sporting scene. Glenn Sunkel of Singapore Bike Polo said the intensity of bike polo is on a different scale compared to standard polo.
ActiveSG also set up booths around the Padang introducing the public to novel sports such as bike polo (above) and tchoukball. Photo: Sport Singapore
“It is a lot closer and physical. Field polo needs a lot more endurance because it’s a big area,” he said.
“On the hard courts, [bike polo] has very fast positioning and quick, and you got to exploit the gaps straight away.”
Car Free Sunday promises fun activities for people of all ages and interests, and will run on the last Sunday of every month until April 2017, with the exception of December 2016 due to New Year celebrations.