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Car-lite zones: what do they mean for Singapore?, Lifestyle News

As part of the latest campaign to campaign for Singapore’s efforts to cultivate a car-free society, the Land Transport Authority (LTA) has classified six more areas as car-free as of October 31.

This includes the four public housing estates of Ulu Pandan, Mount Pleasant, Tengah and Keppel Club, in addition to the ten existing car-lite areas. The other two areas are Pearl’s Hill and Tanjong Rhu.

Five car-lite areas of Kampong Bugis, Marina South, Jurong Lake District, Bayshore and Woodlands North were classified in February 2019.

Jurong Innovation District, One-North, Punggol Digital District, Springleaf and Woodlands Central were released in August 2020.

What do car-lite zones mean?

HDB and LTA said car-only areas are planned in advance, with good public transport as well as walking and cycling trail networks.

This car-free infrastructure reduces the number of parking spaces in designated areas and improves connectivity and convenience.

It also frees up space for public amenities and greenery. Residents of these neighborhoods will have priority for parking thanks to new parking demand management measures.

Ulu Pandan

Ulu Pandan will be the first HDB car-lite ward, with the first BTO apartments to be launched in the November 2022 HDB BTO sales exercise.

To encourage residents to ditch their vehicles and go green, HDB will reduce the number of parking spaces around the Dover MRT.

Shared community spaces, pedestrian and bicycle paths, and parks will replace these areas, with the Park Connector network providing residents with convenient access to the center of the neighborhood and major nearby amenities.

Residents can expect convenient access to rail and bus services, with protected elevated walkways linking directly to the Dover MRT and barrier-free accessibility to bus stops along Commonwealth Avenue.

Other measures to promote a less carbon-intensive mode of transport include:

  • Parking in reduced season, which will be reserved for residents only. It will also have priority for the first car of resident households.
  • Residents with more than one car will be charged a higher Tier 2 seasonal parking rate ($190 per month), subject to availability.
  • Short-term parking will still be available for visitors, but spaces are limited. Parking fees can also be adjusted based on demand.
  • Non-residents cannot purchase seasonal parking within the car-lite compound.

Distance Based Parking Provision Standards (RPPS)

The LTA introduced the Reach Based Parking Provision Standards (RPPS) which included a new parking zone 4 for car-only areas in November 2018 which came into effect in February 2019.

What is Zone 4?

Areas classified as Zone 4 are car-only areas, planned for strong public transport connectivity and walking and cycling options.

This means less parking, with parking requests per development reviewed by LTA on a case-by-case basis based on area planning intent, accessibility to public transport, as well as walking and cycling infrastructure .

The boundaries of the new car-lite zones classified as zone 4 are in the central, western and eastern areas of Singapore:

Center (including Ulu Pandan)

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Tanjong Rhu


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What other car-lite initiatives are there?

By opting for the light car, the community and the city benefit from many advantages by having dynamic and meaningful public spaces.

There are three main initiatives where designated areas are closed off to all metal machinery so people can use the space instead.

1. Car-free Sundays

Launched in 2015 as a community initiative by the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA), LTA, National Parks Board (NParks), National Arts Council (NAC), Health Promotion Board (HPB), Sport Singapore (SportSG) and Singapore Land Authority (SLA), Car-Free Sundays closes some public roads on weekends to accommodate activities for the public and liven up the streets.

There have been heritage-themed and family-friendly activities, such as Our Telok Ayer Stories.

Telok Ayer and Amoy streets have been closed to promote the heritage of the conservation area, with pop-up exhibits such as the Street Photography Workshops and the Telok Ayer Walking Tour which takes visitors on a journey to discover the different architectural styles and people. who resided in the area.


The pandemic has put a pause on the festivities, so hopefully Car-Free Sundays will be back soon.

2. Car-free zones

The URA has designated regular road closures on certain days to make room for public use. These routes include:

Monday to Friday: 3 p.m. to 1 a.m.

Sat, Sun, Public Holiday Eve and Public Holiday: 12 p.m. to 1 a.m.

  • Baghdad Street and Bussorah Street

Fri: 3 p.m. to 1 a.m.

Sat, Sun, Public Holiday Eve and Public Holiday: 12 p.m. to 1 a.m.

With the closure of these roads, traffic congestion in the area is reduced, as well as on-street parking. Activities such as walking through open markets and public performances may take place instead.


3. Transform the streets

To boost the vibrancy and footfall of Singapore’s public spaces, the Lively Places program is a joint initiative of the URA and HDB, as well as community-led efforts to provide more community spaces by closing off streets that are usually reserved to cars.

Spread across Singapore, various areas have benefited from road closures in shared spaces, with residents taking part in activities such as exhibitions, hands-on craft workshops and even learning new skills like gardening and creating advertisements digital.

If you want to empower and contribute to your community by starting and participating in such projects, the Lively Places Fund provides up to $20,000 from HDB.


Network of cycle paths

Other car-lite initiatives include tripling Singapore’s Cycle Route Network (CPN) from its current 460 km to over 1,300 km by 2030. Currently, there are CPNs in nine HDB cities, and new infrastructure is being developed in six other cities.

CPNs provide a safe and conducive environment for commuters to cycle from their homes to MRT stations, bus interchanges and nearby amenities like shopping malls and schools.

You can find the full Singapore CPN map here.

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