Important information you must know about September’s Car-Free Sunday Mornings at Ayala Avenue

By this time, we all know that Ayala Avenue will hold Car-Free Sundays in the morning for September. While it is recognized as a business district, a lot of people do live in the city, and along with their pets, children, and alternative modes of transportation, Makati saw fit to give a few hours in the week for everyone to enjoy a family-friendly open space. Here’s what you need to know about this initiative.

FAQ and answers about Car-Free Sundays

In a nutshell, Car-Free Sundays at Ayala Avenue will be on all Sundays of September 2023. But here are some bits of information that we believe you’ll need to know.

Car-Free Sunday Mornings Ayala Avenue Faq Inline 01 Min

Photo: Make It Makati

Exactly what streets will be closed during Car-Free Sunday Mornings and at what time?

The entire stretch of Ayala Avenue from Courtyard Drive (between Rustan’s and One Ayala) to H.V. Dela Costa/Salcedo Street. Westbound (towards Gil Puyat) and Eastbound lanes (towards EDSA) will be closed to vehicular traffic. The Makati Avenue and Paseo de Roxas sides of the Ayala Triangle will also be closed off.

There will also be partial road closures along VA Rufino St., Sedeno St., Villar St., West St., and Fonda St..

The road closures will be from 6:00 AM to 10:00 AM.

Car-Free Sunday Mornings Ayala Avenue Faq Inline 02 Min

Photo: Make It Makati

How can we get to our destination that’s along Ayala Avenue?

  • By car – Take interior roads (Dela Rosa and Valero) then walk to your destination
  • By public transport – take a bus, jeep, or UV Express, get down at One Ayala and walk to your destination

Bikes, scooters, and those who might be using roller skates will be allowed along Ayala Avenue during Car-Free Sundays.

Car-Free Sunday Mornings Ayala Avenue Faq Inline 03 Min

Photo: Make It Makati

For those who have motor vehicles, the parking areas available for you to use are shown in the infographic above. To be able to get to them, please take note of the interior roads we’ve also mentioned above, as well as other routes that you’ll need to take to get around Ayala Avenue. Not included in the infographic but indicated by Makati is that Paseo Center Carpark will also be useable during the Car-Free times.

Makati has always been all hustle and bustle for the better part of the week, and honestly, initiatives like this are quite refreshing. Helping Mother Nature and providing safe spaces for people and pets really should be done more often, and not just by select cities, but by everyone, if you ask us.

Oh, and should this “trial period” in September prove to be successful, Car-Free Sundays may actually become a full-time effort.

So, other LGUs, it’s your move now. Anything up your sleeves to replicate something like this?

Mikko Juangco
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