The team at My Bike Shop took to the Car Free Sunday Singapore for April and braving the forecast of thunderstorms, we met the team and a few customers turn up at our Henderson outlet at 645am.
The sky was still dark when we started but it allowed us to take our latest bikes for a spin.
The weatherman forecast thunderstorms but we went ahead.
A bit about the Car Free Sundays
Car-Free Sunday SG turns part of our city into a pedestrian and cyclist friendly precinct and creates a 5 km route of closed roads in the heart of the city. It is part of the larger movement towards a car-lite Singapore, envisioning our city with fewer cars.
Car-Free Sunday SG takes place on the last Sunday of every month, with exciting line ups of activities for each edition!
The National Gallery Singapore, Asian Civilisations Museum, and Victoria Theatre and Concert Hall will open earlier at 9am.
Street performances will also be held at Esplanade Park, Connaught Drive and Empress Place throughout the day till 6pm.
This Car Free Sunday for April was slightly different, LTA AMU organised a flagoff that began after everyone had a chance to make a pledge for safer riding
Although its only 5km in distance, I thoroughly enjoyed the experience of cycling through busy Shenton Way. I got to beat red lights, avoid ERP, no need to pay high carpark charges I typically have to pay in the CBD, but most important, I could see plenty of sights in the CBD up front close and personal without the worry of cars hitting me from the back. I get to see exactly how the Momentum is constructed.
Sure you get a longer distance with the OCBC Cycle events but this event is “free”, no registration fees to pay, just grab a folding bike (or not) , hop on the train as its Sunday and come discover the Civic District. It’s truly worth the effort. Feel you like to just cycle there from home? JUST DO IT! Singaporeans are an active bunch as we saw so many people doing aerobics, yoga and people just walking or jogging so it is not just a cycling thing.
The MBS team split up and went exploring the sights along Boat Quay and Clifford Pier, and had alot of fun just enjoying the architecture of our beautiful city centre. Pardon my bike as it really brought me around covering more ground than I could if I relied on walking.
After an hour of exploring, I stumbled onto Prive, situated just beside the Asian Civilisation Museum, who served a very decent egg benedict and the flatwhite coffee – a MUST try!
So a MUST Do and a Must try. If you own a folding bike and you like to experience what we experience last Sunday. You just got to try it. We will try to organise another Car Free Sunday ride but the URA and LTA does deserve feedback and encouragement for them to do MORE of such events.