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The Central Business District added another layer of joy to the Chinese New Year mood with the Car-Free Sunday SG on 22 January, where cyclists, trishaws and even a lion dance troupe took to the traffic-free streets of the Civic District and Telok Ayer for a fun-filled morning. Whilst it is traditionally held on the last Sunday of every month, the January edition was pushed forward by a week so that it will not clash with the first two days of the Chinese New Year.
The January’s Car-Free Sunday was a rather special one because it coincided with the “Share the Road Cycling Carnival”, an initiative which included races between different cycling genres. One of the more spectacular races was the “criterium race”, where participants raced one another in a closed circuit. Organised by the Singapore Cycling Federation and cycling events company Cycosports, the two-wheeler carnival is set to become a regular feature at future car-free Sundays. The organisers aim to showcase the range of cycling disciplines in Singapore, from hand-cycling to fixed gear bikes. Those who were not so competitive joined a mass community ride which started from Cecil Street and ended at the Civic District.
In the Telok Ayer conservation area, the Singapore Hok San Association - Singapore's first lion dance troupe - wowed pedestrians with deftly-executed lion dance moves and drum performances. The public also had a chance to play the drums. Some even managed to snag an opportunity to try on the lion dance costume.
The Car-Free Sunday SG included a farmers' market, in which locally-grown produce were sold, a volunteer-run trishaw service and a line-up of wheel-cart stations along Connaught Drive where visitors tried their hands on lesser-known sports like tchoukball and Speedminton.
Car-Free Sunday SG is a joint community initiative by the Urban Redevelopment Authority, Land Transport Authority, National Parks Board, National Arts Council, Health Promotion Board and the Sport Singapore. It is also supported by a host of community and interest groups.
The monthly event will run for at least another three months, with the next edition happening on 26 February.