- SecGen of ASEAN congratulates launch of region-wide car-free day initiative
- ASEAN launches region-wide Car-Free Day initiative
Simultaneous national launches and observations organized on 5 August 2018
Brunei Darussalam joins Indonesia in the launch of ASEAN Car Free Day on 5 August 2018
On Sunday, 5 August 2018, Brunei Darussalam will join Indonesia in marking the launch of ASEAN Car-free Day to:
- Implement the ASEAN Declaration on Culture of Prevention (COP) for a Peaceful, Inclusive, Resilient, Healthy and Harmonious Society adopted at the 31st ASEAN Summit on 13 November 2017 in Manila; and
- Follow-up on the recommendations of the 13th ASEAN Health Ministers Meeting in 2017 in Brunei Darussalam.
The event will commence at 7.00AM local time with a mass exercise session followed by a 2.6 kilometer walkathon in Bandar Seri Begawan at the usual ‘Bandarku Ceria’ (BKC) location. The event is organized by the Ministry of Health in collaboration with the other six co-organising Ministries for BKC namely, the Ministry of Home Affairs (chair), Ministry of Health, Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports, Ministry of Primary Resources and Tourism, Ministry of Communication, Ministry of Development and Ministry of Education.
Invitations have been extended to all government agencies and major private sectors to participate in the event. Ministers, Deputy Ministers, members of the Legislative Council, heads of prominent private sectors and also ambassadors as well as high commissioners from the other nine ASEAN Member States present in Brunei Darussalam have also been invited to participate in the event.
Malaysia’s national launch and celebration of ASEAN Car Free Day, 5 August 2018.
The Ministry of Health – Malaysia, in cooperation with the Kuala Lumpur City Council and other partners, will be holding the ASEAN Car Free Day and KL Smoke-Free Campaign 2018 at the Open space in front of the Kuala Lumpur City Council, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, from 6:30am – 9:00am, on Sunday, 5 August 2018.
Below is the programme schedule:
|6.30am – 7.00am||Arrival of guests|
|7:00am||ASEAN Car Free Day Declaration Speech by the Director General of Health MalaysiaFlash mob Dance presentation by university studentsSpecial presentation from school children with ‘ Tobacco Free World’ themeFlag off –>> The jogging / cycling commences ( 2 routes available : 2km and 7km)Concurrent activities that will take place during this event:· Press statement by our Honourable Minister of Health (TBC)· Free health promotion and screening for the public· Dental screening for smokers· Promotion/advocacy of No-Smoking and Quit Smoking Clinic· Zumba dance· Social media coverage (FB Live of the event)· Lucky draw|
|9:00am||End of the event|
Past and regular Car-Free Days organized by ASEAN Member States
Bandarku Ceria: Brunei Darussalam’s Car-Free Day Initiative
Car-free Day initiatives provide supportive environments for large-scale recreational and community-building activities by creating temporary, park-like spaces for recreation. This initiative has been organized in many cities throughout the world. The benefits of this initiative are a day with less traffic congestion, a greener environment, reduced fuel demand, provide outdoor gathering for families and communities, promote local business opportunities and more importantly, from a health perspective, an opportunity to be physically active.
In Brunei Darussalam, the Car-free Day Initiative known locally as ‘Bandarku Ceria’ (BKC), or ‘My Vibrant City’ was launched on Sunday,2 October 2016 by His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulahibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Sa’adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam, with road closures along selected routes in specific areas in Bandar Seri Begawan (BSB), from 6:00AM to 10:00AM.
It was part of the many events marking Bandar Seri Begawan’s then appointment as ASEAN’s City of Culture for 2016-2017. BKC has now become a weekly car-free day initiative in Bandar Seri Begawan that is held every Sunday. The event is a collaboration between several different Ministries namely Ministry of Health, Ministry of Culture Youth and Sports, Ministry of Home Affairs, Prime Minister’s Office, Ministry of Communication, Ministry of Education, Ministry of Development and Ministry of Primary Resources and Tourism. This initiative aims to:
- Promote healthy lifestyle particularly for recreational exercise.
- Provide environment for people to exercise without interruption of traffic.
- Liven Bandar Seri Begawan as a dynamic and vibrant city.
- Strengthen family institutions and social networking.
- Increase opportunities for small medium enterprises and local traders to conduct their businesses.
- Help reduce carbon footprint and repurpose the use of urban areas.
Some of the activities carried out during BKC are bicycle rides, mass runs and exercises, educational booths, awareness campaigns, artworks exhibitions, sales of local foods and beverages, children games,aerobic session sand other sport activities.
This Car-free Day Initiative has also extended to other districts in Brunei Darussalam in 2017. In Tutong District, Car Free Day Initiative is called Tutongku Ceria which happens in Pekan Tutong on Sunday morning once every three months. In Kuala Belait, it is called KB Ku Ceria which is held in Seria on a Sunday morning every month. In Temburong, Bangarku Ceria is held on Sunday of certain months.
Malaysia’s Car-Free Mornings
Malaysia’s version of the Car-Free Day is dubbed as Car-Free Morning, which are conducted regularly on the first and third Sundays of each month. From 7:00-9:00 in the morning, activities include cycling, jogging, walking or even skating,rollerblading, skateboarding or hand cycling along the major streets of Kuala Lumpur Golden Triangle (please refer to route map below) along with thousands of others.
In Kuala Lumpur, the Kuala Lumpur City Council spearheads the conduct of Car-Free Morning with various partners for more than five years now. The event has also been organized together with other initiatives, such as the Go Green Campaign. For more details, kindly check this dedicated website: www.klcarfreemorning.com.
Thailand’s Car Free Day events
Thailand holds Car Free Day event for the first time on Friday, 22 September in 2000, hosted by Thai Cycling for Health Association (TCHA), and continues arranging this event annually.
Last year, TCHA cooperated with Thai Health Promotion Foundation, Ministry of Interior, Ministry of Transport, Nation wide Cyclist Club Network, universities in Bangkok and other provinces, arranged Car Free Day 2017 under the theme “Safe Cycling and Sustainable Energy Consumption Reduction” on 16 – 19 November 2017 at exhibition zone in front of Central World Plaza. More than 500 people participated the event.
Moreover, apart from Bangkok, many provinces arranged Car Free Day 2017 on 24 September, with more than 300 people who had joined the event in each province. In total, there were more than 20,000 people joined the event throughout the country.
Source: Thai Health Promotion Foundation and Thai Cycling for Health Association
Get active and more fun as Car-Free Sunday SG returns this month
Singapore, 23 July 2018 – Come Sunday, 29 July, participants can indulge in fun and sports activities, when the Civic District and Telok Ayer Conservation Area transform once again into a car-free city that is abuzz with activities, organised for all ages and interests. Beyond regular activities by the partner agencies, several community partners have also come together to organise various initiatives and programming to promote Singapore’s car-lite vision and support the idea of more vibrant public spaces with fewer cars. These range from sports initiatives and cycling activities to storytelling performance and art jamming, and even a special Car-Free Sunday SG on-campus roadshow put together by the students of Singapore Polytechnic (SP) as they step forward to push out the car-lite message to their peers.
Get active at Car-Free Sunday SG on 29 July
The July edition of Car-Free Sunday SG will again see the launch of the annual GetActive! Singapore, a week-long sporting bash. The launch will take place alongside the Team Singapore Flag Presentation for the upcoming 2018 Asian Games and Asian Para Games. The event will begin at 8am, and members of public can meet and show their support for our Team Singapore athletes. After the flag presentation, Ms Grace Fu, Minister for Culture, Community and Youth, will flag off a 5km Nila Walk/Run through the car-free streets, which will kick-start a series of sporting activities for the whole family – including sports initiatives from local communities and interest groups under the Active Enabler Programme.
Bike your way to better health
Making its debut at Car-Free Sunday SG is the Move Happy Cycling Festival, organised by the Land Transport Authority with community partners such as LoveCycling SG and Strider. To be held at the Esplanade Park, the festival promotes cycling as part of active living for better health. Promising fun for everyone, the festival will include exciting activities such as Move Happy Cycling Carnival and Move Happy-Strider Kids Race. The carnival also includes family-friendly cycling games and tryouts.
Find out more at https://movehappy.sg/cyclingfest.
Enjoy a morning with books as stories come alive
Also taking place at Car-Free Sunday SG for the first time is the storytelling performance organised by the National Library Board in conjunction with the National Reading Month. Celebrate the joy of reading with story-tellers such as Vivienne Wong, Roger Jenkins, and Gopi Nathan at the Esplanade Park.
Explore Telok Ayer Conservation Area
Besides the Civic District, participants can also take a leisurely walk or ride to the Telok Ayer area to experience and explore our conservation area. Over there, kids and adults can hop onto pedal go-karts and have fun steering around the car-free streets. Those looking to express their creativity can have a go at creating their art pieces at the Doodle Art and Art Jam Corner. Storytelling will also come alive at the Chong Wen Ge pavilion, where participants can interact with Mrs Lee Gek Kim, a veteran educator, who will launch her new book and share her experience and reflections on 50 years of teaching. There will also be guided tours around the Thian Hock Keng Temple, and the Singapore Yu Huang Gong and Nagore Dargah Indian Muslim Heritage Centre will be open for visits. Those who simply want to chill out on Sunday morning can check out the cafés that will open earlier specially for Car-Free Sunday SG participants.
SP students join in the efforts to promote car-lite message
Playing a leading role in promoting this forthcoming edition of Car-Free Sunday SG is a team of third-year Media and Communication students from the SP who has designed the social media campaign currently being run on the Car-Free Sunday SG Facebook page. The campaign is part of their collaboration with the Urban Redevelopment Authority to raise public awareness about the active mobility and car- lite movement. Complementing their public campaign, the SP team is also taking the message directly to their peers. In conjunction with the July edition of Car-Free Sunday SG, they will also be organising a roadshow in their school to reach out to their peers by presenting the vision of a car-free city where the community can enjoy more vibrant and recreation spaces.
On the motivation behind the initiative, 19 year-old SP student Eileen Kang shared, “We wanted to reach out to our peers and raise greater awareness of Car-Free Sunday SG among the youths. Car-Free Sunday SG is more than just offering a car-free experience. We hope that by organising the roadshow in our school, we can showcase the fun side of the initiative and encourage more of our peers to participate in the event.
The July edition is particularly sports-centric, and we are hoping to get youths to engage in outdoor activities for a healthier lifestyle. It also provides a great opportunity to have a good time bonding with their families.”
In line with the fun and sports theme for the July edition of Car-Free Sunday SG, the students have put together activities such as tyre flipping challenge, Bushido Fight Academy, face painting and chalk art on the road on Wednesday, 25 July from 3pm to 6pm at SP’s Eleven 2 (five minutes’ walk from Dover MRT station). Participants can even spot the trishaw by Cycling Without Age, a popular and regular feature at Car-Free Sunday SG that enables the less mobile, in particular the elderly, to experience and take in the sights of our car-free Civic District.
For a detailed listing of all activities lined up for this Sunday, please refer to Annex A. For the road closure map and hours, please refer to Annex B. Members of the public are encouraged to take public transport or cycle to the venue. Please refer to Annex C for cycling access points to the Padang.
Friends of Car-Free Sunday SG Network
The Friends of Car-Free Sunday SG Network, comprising community and corporate partners, was formed to acknowledge their contributions to Car-Free Sunday SG. It is also a platform for more individuals as well as community and corporate groups to join and support the movement to activate the streets and create a vibrant car-lite experience for everyone to enjoy. For more information on how to join the Friends of Car-Free Sunday SG Network, please visit http://ura.sg/carfreesundaysg.
Car-Free Sunday SG is a community initiative by the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA), Land Transport Authority (LTA), National Parks Board (NParks), National Arts Council (NAC), Health Promotion Board (HPB), Sport Singapore (SportSG) andSingapore Land Authority (SLA), supported by a host of community and interest groups to promote the car-lite message and enliven the streets.
Get updates on Car-Free Sunday SG activities and details at https://www.facebook.com/carfreesundaysg/. If you are a participant at the event, do share your photos with us. Visit http://ura.sg/carfreesundaysg to find out more about the event.
This press release is also available at URA-Online at http://www.ura.gov.sg
Activities at Car-Free Sunday SG on 29 July 2018 (Civic District)
Activities at Car-Free Sunday SG on 29 July 2018 (Telok Ayer)