Car Free Sunday was back for the first time in 2017 as cyclists and joggers, among many others, thronged the open streets of the Central Business District in Singapore.
Usually held on the last Sunday of every month, this edition was held a week earlier to avoid clashing with the Chinese New Year holidays.
Cyclists cruising along the open streets of the Central Business District. Photo: Sport Singapore
There were try-outs for some unusual sports such as Speedminton and Tchoukball along Connaught Drive, and the more common mass workouts such as functional fitness and dancercise activities were available to the public as well.
The rare chance and novelty of being able to cycle or skate along the open roads of the city were the main draw for many people who made the trip down early Sunday morning.
Mass workouts such as functional fitness (above) and dancercise activities were available to the public as well. Photo: Sport Singapore
“I just want to bring my family down to ride on the road when you seldom have a chance. The roads are always open to traffic only, but now there is a chance for the kids to actually ride on the roads and also see the Padang field,” said Lim Hwa Meng.
“It’s a routine for us to go out on Sunday morning, either to the usual parks or what have you, so this is a good alternative. It is in the city centre where you seldom have a chance.”
For speed skater Tan Eng Howe, Car Free Sunday is a precious chance to skate on roads, and offers a good change of scenery from the usual Sports Hub and East Coast Park.
The rare chance and novelty of being able to cycle or skate along the open roads of the city were the main draw for many people who made the trip down early Sunday morning. Photo: Sport Singapore
“It’s an opportunity only once a month. We are lacking skating areas so when the government launched Car Free Sunday, we started coming every Sunday,” the 51-year-old said.
“It’s a chance to skate on open roads and be active.”
The next Car Free Sunday is scheduled for 26 Feb.