Less cars, more street life

Car-free Circular Road, Haji Lane and Ann Siang Hill during weekends have been a great success. As the streets get closed off, they come alive with activities: tables and chairs spilling onto the roads, diners enjoying a leisurely cuppa, youngsters hanging out at quirky boutiques, and tourists soaking up another aspect of Singapore. People stroll freely and safely. Closed to cars, the streets come alive.

These initiatives were started as pilot projects in 2013 by local stakeholders with the support of the URA. Progressively, we have seen more communities coming forward to initiate similar projects.

More recently at Everton Park, the local community came together to convert a quiet back lane to support a vibrant street festival. Many residents were pleasantly surprised to discover the community space and enjoyed many of the activities such as free haircuts, face-painting and kampung games.

We want to see more streets being turned into public spaces for community to enjoy. Today, the Urban Redevelopment Authority launched their “Streets for People” programme, to facilitate this.

This programme will help support new community-initiated car-free zones aimed at transforming streets and back lanes into temporary public spaces.  The programme offers varying levels of support, including providing road closure essentials such as safety barriers and signage, and up to $5,000 of seed funding. URA will also facilitate consultation with relevant government agencies.

For more information, visit http://ura.sg/streetsforpeople. Let’s participate in the Streets for People programme, and enjoy our streets.

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