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Ho Chi Minh City plans to open more downtown promenades

Wednesday, September 30, 2020, 19:25 GMT+7
Ho Chi Minh City plans to open more downtown promenades
Two women ride a motorbike during vehicle-active hours on Nguyen Hue Pedestrian Street in District 1, Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Ngoc Phuong / Tuoi Tre

Ho Chi Minh City is considering a proposal to turn five downtown streets into promenades to better meet the need of residents and tourists.

Dong Khoi, Le Loi, Ham Nghi, Thai Van Lung, and Thi Sach Streets, near the popular Nguyen Hue promenade in District 1, have been proposed as potential new weekend venues for pedestrians.

Pursuant to the proposal, vehicles would be banned from Dong Khoi Street on weekends, similar to the traffic suspension on Nguyen Hue Pedestrian Street from 7:00 pm to 11:00 pm every Saturday and Sunday.

An official survey revealed more support for the plan than two other proposals — one of which was turning both Nguyen Hue and Dong Khoi together with other connected streets into promenades 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

The proposals are part of a broader scheme drawn up by the Ho Chi Minh City Center for Management of Road Traffic Infrastructure to build more downtown promenades during the 2021-25 period.

The city’s Department of Transport is collecting feedback from related agencies to complete the plan before submitting it to the municipal People’s Committee.

Currently, Ho Chi Minh City has two promenades — Nguyen Hue Street opened in 2015 and Bui Vien Street in 2017. 

Both get particularly crowded on weekends and public holidays.

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