More Roads To Go Car-Free on Weekends

Weekend pedestrian zones are growing popular, with both the public and businesses seeing value in transforming roads into temporary car-free public spaces.

Liang Seah Street in Bugis is the latest area to go car-free on weekend nights, joining places like Haji Lane, Circular Road, and even a stretch of Orchard Road for one night every month.

Retailers interviewed by The Straits Times reported an increase in business, and said the closure of the roads has added more vibrancy to the area.

Since the three-month pilot at Liang Seah Street began on 4 December, tenants on one side of the street have been setting up tables and chairs in the parking spaces outside their eateries.

From 1 January 2016, Baghdad Street will also be car-free on Friday nights and from noon to midnight on Saturdays and Sundays.

According to the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA), the success of temporary pedestrianisation zones could see more areas go car-free in future, adding to the six weekly zones currently in effect.

Chairman of the Government Parliamentary Committee for National Development, Mr Alex Yam, added that it would be worth looking into increasing such zones, but only if they add value to the streetscape and do not result in inconveniences.

Source: “Coming up: More weekend car-free zones” (The Straits Times, 20 Dec 2015)

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