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Posted 25 September 2014 - 12:34 PM

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SINGAPORE - A section of Orchard Road will be turned into a no-car zone and become a walker's paradise.The 660m stretch from shopping centres ION Orchard to Ngee Ann City, or between Scotts/Paterson and Bideford junctions, will be closed to all vehicles on the first Saturday of every month from October.-

 

As part of a six-month trial, shoppers can roam the street without worrying about honking drivers, who will be shut off from the stretch between 6pm and 11pm.

The Orchard Road Business Association (Orba) hopes that such a move will draw more shoppers to the shopping belt and revitalise the area, which is facing stiff competition from new shopping haunts like Marina Bay as well as suburban malls.

Shutting sections of road happens routinely on certain weekends in most major shopping cities, including London and Tokyo. And in Beijing, the Wang Fu Jing shopping street is permanently closed to traffic.

This also happens every year in Orchard Road, for big events such as the Christmas celebrations on Dec 25 and the annual Fashion Steps Out show.

For the new Pedestrian Night, organisers have been roped in to turn the street into a hive of activity.For the inaugural street event on Oct 4, for instance, there will be a mass tennis clinic.

Dubbed Tennis Pops Up Road, revellers can play street tennis, watch live exhibition matches and music performances.

The event is held together with the Women's Tennis Association finals, which will be staged here next month.Other events like a mass yoga session and a Christmas carnival have been planned till the end of the year.

The once-a-month street events are partially funded by the Singapore Tourism Board andOrba.

Mrs May Sng, Orba's chairman, said Orchard Road "will no longer just be a shopping belt but a vibrant lifestyle destination with an array of exciting activities for all to enjoy".
 

 

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Edited by Mockngbrd, 25 September 2014 - 12:35 PM.

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Posted 25 September 2014 - 01:05 PM

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crazy????


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Doesn't mean you drive a faster car, you can travel at 70kph on a clear lane 1 with a train of cars behind you...

 

that is what lane 2 is for..


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Posted 25 September 2014 - 01:13 PM

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ORBA.....what an abbreviation !!!

 

oppa better...at least they can go the horse dance when the road closes every first saturday....better still horse dance plus little apple dance battle....


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Posted 25 September 2014 - 01:26 PM

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At least its a Saturday, and not a Sunday. Otherwise it will be just one huge Lucky Plaza :ph34r:


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Posted 25 September 2014 - 01:26 PM

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They should just shut down Orchard Rd permanently to traffic.



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Posted 25 September 2014 - 01:35 PM

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Mass yoga?!....Lots of men sure go beo.....

 

Though I think the idea of a Christmas carnival might not be too bad.

 

Closing a section of Orchard permanently also might be a good idea but traffic redirection going to be an issue for access to Lucky Plaza and such buildings in between.


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Posted 25 September 2014 - 01:36 PM

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If I remember correctly....they did that some years ago too...once a month...the road will be closed for some party or something like that...it failed...now coming back again?  whats up


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Posted 25 September 2014 - 01:37 PM

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Might as well offer sampan rides since it floods once every 50 yrs
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Posted 25 September 2014 - 01:41 PM

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It is a good idea since Orchard Rd walkway is so crowded.


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Posted 25 September 2014 - 01:50 PM

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Sat evening, driving into orchard is mad :D

So now, they closed from 6pm-11pm on 1st Saturday, good for all lah.

Higher human traffic for retailers, better road safety for pedestrains :)

 

For drivers, maybe can just park at Far East, Newton and take a leisurely walk along Scotts Road to Orchard :)


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Posted 25 September 2014 - 01:59 PM

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Why the Orchard Road Users Association (ORUA) never oppose the idea?? 


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Posted 25 September 2014 - 02:48 PM

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Why the Orchard Road Users Association (ORUA) never oppose the idea?? 

 

Don't be an idiot lah.  Pay so much ERP to drive thru & still stuck in jam.



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Posted 25 September 2014 - 02:51 PM

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Posted 25 September 2014 - 02:53 PM

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Posted 25 September 2014 - 03:04 PM

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Sat evening, driving into orchard is mad :D

So now, they closed from 6pm-11pm on 1st Saturday, good for all lah.

Higher human traffic for retailers, better road safety for pedestrains :)

 

For drivers, maybe can just park at Far East, Newton and take a leisurely walk along Scotts Road to Orchard :)

 

The pedestrians cross road like their grandfathers' road. The light turn red liao, they still stroll like leisurely ....


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Posted 25 September 2014 - 03:05 PM

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If I remember correctly....they did that some years ago too...once a month...the road will be closed for some party or something like that...it failed...now coming back again?  whats up

they did that back in the 80s....Orchard rd became one big party every weekend. That time i just finished ns and was studying....happening de!
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Posted 25 September 2014 - 03:07 PM

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It's poorly designed, poorly integrated.

 

It is a good idea since Orchard Rd walkway is so crowded.

 


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Posted 25 September 2014 - 03:07 PM

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Section of orchard road closed? Then there will be traffic jam at that area during the road closure?


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Posted 25 September 2014 - 03:12 PM

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At least its a Saturday, and not a Sunday. Otherwise it will be just one huge Lucky Plaza :ph34r:

or worse lor, party start from sat evening, stretch all the way into sun.

 

then maybe a few months alter, u find alcohol ban on orchard road, etc


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Posted 25 September 2014 - 03:25 PM

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Just don't go Orchard Road during those times lor. Not a big deal for me. There are too many shopping malls in Singapore.


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