Next year, the URA will close roads in some parts of the Central Business District (CBD) and Civic District for people to cycle, jog and chill in general. From Feb 28 onwards, a 4.7km route around the Padang, Fullerton Road, Robinson Road and Shenton Way will be closed to traffic from 7am-9am. This will happen on the last Sunday of the month for six months straight.
Some areas of Connaught Drive and St Andrew’s Road will still remain closed to let people walk around the activity zones that the URA is planning. While plans are a bit vague at the moment, the Health Promotion Board and SportSG will have free mass exercise at Empress Lawn and Esplanade Park.
But you should just picnic.
Cheong Chin Nam Road may go car free on weekends
Why should you care? Cheong Chin Nam Road is home to eateries like G7 Sinma Live Bull Frog Claypot Porridge (6 Cheong Chim Nam Rd.) and Al-Azhar Eating Restaurant (11 Cheong Chin Nam Rd.), both of which have always been popular supper spots, and are even more so now that Downtown Line 2 has finally opened.
According to a report by Channel NewsAsia, there's a possibility that this stretch may go car free on weekends in the future. Some restaurant owners are exploring the idea of implementing a car-free zone on weekends and the Urban Revelopment Authority is currently in talks with stakeholders about studying the proposal.
Still, we think it's a lot easier to swing by via the MRT—no parking woes and zero fuel (well, except calories) burned.
I think it is a good idea, and most of major cities have started this kind of program since years.