The weather’s amazing, the bikes are cheap and plentiful and there are more and more safe cycle routes popping up every year for cyclists of all abilities, from skill level zero to skill level Sir Bradley Wiggins. Road cycling isn’t advisable, especially for younger ones who haven’t experienced the thrill of cycling on Singapore’s roads but you can choose from some of the safest and most scenic cycle routes in all of Asia. Here’s our guide to the top 10 places for cycling in Singapore.
East Coast Park
The 17.5km loop built on reclaimed land from Pasir Ris Town Park to East Coast Park passes through open grasslands, freshwater wetlands and verdant trees as you cycle by Tampines Eco Green and Bedok Reservoir Park. You can stop at plenty of refreshment spots along the way, including the East Coast Lagoon Food Centre for some of the best chicken wings in the city!
The path courses all the way out towards the airport but be careful to avoid the kids being taught to master two wheels for the first time, the roller-bladers and the pedestrians strolling in the sunshine.
Pulau Ubin is as close to representing what life was like in Singapore in the 1960s and 70s and it’s just a 10 minute, S$2 ferry ride from the mainland. There are bike hire shops from where to get your transport and then you can hit 10km of purpose-built mountain bike trails as well as tarmac roads and dirt tracks.
The island is a nature lovers dream and is some of the best cycling in Singapore. On your ride you’ll hopefully catch glimpses of monitor lizards, rare birds, monkeys and boars and at the end of the day, don’t forget to grab some delicious seafood and a cold beer or two at the First Stop Restaurant that’s been serving the post-cycle crowd for over two decades.
The Northern Explorer Loop
Another ideal ride for nature lovers, the Northern Explorer is a 1-2 hour, 11km ride that starts at Lower Seletar Reservoir Park and takes you all the way to Woodlands Waterfront, one of Singapore’s longest coastal jetties.
As you cut through the dense, gravelly path of the Ulu Sembawang Park Connector, you head into Admiralty Park where you can see an amazing array of wildlife at Sungei Cina’s fresh water mangroves, grasslands and swamps, Singapore’s only freshwater swamp habitat. When you get to Woodlands Waterfront, you won’t fail to be astounded at the views of the whole of the coastal park and the Straits of Johor.
West Coast Park
Not as well-known as its eastern cousin, West Coast Park is known locally as the ‘play centre of the west’ and the western section of the park has been transformed into an amazing adventure playground for kids as well as designated cycling track.
You’ll need to bring your own bikes as there aren’t any rental kiosks in the park itself but you’ll find gently waving, meandering paths that rise and fall with the island’s terrain for you to explore the park at your leisure.
If you want to go cycling in Singapore, the ride around the Kallang River basin is perfect for those who want to combine sport with sightseeing! You start at the world-famous Marina Bay Sands resort and en-route you’ll pass the Singapore Flyer, The Float @ Marina Bay, Esplanade Drive and onto Merlion Park.
Don’t forget to take your cameras because you won’t want to miss the stunning skyline views including the Helix Bridge, the ArtScience Museum and the Marina Bay Sands resort. Food and drink in the city is expensive so take snacks as well as plenty of water and it’s a pretty busy cycling route so take care!
Bedok Reservoir Park
To the east of the island, Bedok Reservoir Park is full of water-sports enthusiasts enjoying dragon-boating, kayaking and wakeboarding as well as joggers and nature lovers and the 4.3km track that circles the lake is perfect for beginners.
It’s a mix of pebbly path and pavement and the pace is somewhat pedestrian! Stop at any time for a picnic or to have a look at any one of the 14,000 recently added wetland plants, the swallows playing near the water, the diving kingfishers or the herons strolling along the reservoir’s banks.
Western Adventure Loop
Cycling in Singapore is perfect for nature lovers and this 12km route is no different. Starting at Choa Chu Kang Park, keep an eye out for Pacific Swallows and the White-Bellied Sea Eagle and even two butterfly gardens and be careful of the uneven terrain as you get into Zhenghua Park.
The route takes you through Dairy Farm Nature Park and past the Singapore Quarry where there are photo-ops a-plenty with the wetland’s cliffs overlooking a peaceful lake. Your final destination is the 36-hectare Bukit Batok Nature Park to see the famous orchid garden as well as a touching WWII memorial.
Northern Eastern Riverine Loop
Cycling in Singapore should be a mix of exercise, stunning scenery, undulating terrain and great pit stops and this 26km trail ticks every box. Starting at Punggol Park’s reservoirs and coastline, you take in wetlands, riverside paths and some of eastern Singapore’s most amazing scenery.
If you go at night, the Punggol Promenade Riverside Walk is lit up with fibre-optic lights and is a sight to see and if you’re there super-early in the morning, the sunrise from Sunrise Bridge in Punggol Waterway Park is one of the very best in all of Singapore. There are cafés and restaurants along the way for refuelling but as always, remember to take water and sunscreen.
Rifle Range Road
This is a relatively easy out-and-back route of just 6.8km starting at the junction of Rifle Range Road and Dunearn Road. You’ll quickly forget the noise of the city as you turn into RRR and you’re surrounded by trees and on towards Bukit Timah Nature Reserve, the ‘lungs of Singapore’.
The route can get a little bit gnarly and hilly in parts and the 3.4km out ride stops abruptly at a military base but that’s where you turn around to come back! There are loads of hiking trails off the route so you can stop anywhere and explore and you’ll also come across the monkeys. Respect their habitat and take photos of them sensitively but please don’t feed them. They get all the food they need.
The Southern Bumps
The Southern Bumps
Cycling in Singapore doesn’t get much tougher than this. The Southern Bumps is a challenging 20km route with a couple of pretty steep hills – some of Singapore’s hardest in fact – including a 17% incline on the excellently-named Vigilante Drive. A 600m hill rising 60m faces you on Pepys Road and Mount Faber, known as ‘the jewel of Singapore’s cycling climbs’ stretches out over 1.7km will test even the most hardy cyclist.
At the top of Pender Road you’ll find a mountain-top café and some of Singapore’s most amazing views and while you can do the route in around two hours, take your time and take in what’s around you. Local advice suggests the best time to tackle the route is in the pre-dawn hours avoiding the traffic although whatever time you do it, you’ll be challenged but you’ll love it!
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