A large hydro-dam and an old dragon statue – what in the world do these two have in common? Well, they’re just part of some of the best places in Singapore for some serious pedal pushing. As much as we love the usual cycling haunts like East Coast Park’s Parkland Green and Robertson Quay, they can get a little busy, especially during the weekends. Whether you’re a road-bike fiend or a sporty mum looking to squeeze in a workout while having some outdoor fun with your tots, we’ve got your guide to the best routes for cycling in Singapore. All you have to do is grab your bikes (or rent them), helmets and the kiddos. Bonus: many of the places we’ve included are FOC! Oh, before you set off, don’t forget to read our full guide to cycling with your kids safely in Singapore. Ready? Let’s go!
Best scenic spots
Punggol Waterway Park is our top pick for a leisurely ride. The smooth, paved cycling tracks will get your littlies rolling along in no time. Plus, if you’re there during sunset, you’ll be in for a real treat. Head east to check out Changi Boardwalk, where you can ride along the coastline across rough wooden planks on stilts.
Keen for some action in the heart of the city? Marina Barrage is your go-to place for kite flying, picnicking and (you guessed it) cycling. We recommend a trip from here to the Gardens by the Bay (East) entrance via a connecting bridge for a fab view of the Singapore skyline, day or night.
Punggol Waterway, along Sentul Crescent Road.
Changi Boardwalk, enter via Changi Village Road or Netheravon Road
Marina Barrage, 8 Marina Gardens Drive, Singapore 018951.
Admissions is free. Open daily.
Best nostalgic spots
Take a bike ride around Whampoa’s heartlands and you’ll find a little piece of forgotten history along block 85 Whampoa Drive – the Whampoa Dragon Fountain Statue. Built in 1973, it’s today an inoperable fountain, but still a sight to behold. Or visit Lorong Halus Wetland – located along the eastern bank of Serangoon Reservoir. Makes for a great pit stop and a relaxing picnic after a day of chasing your errant kiddies on wheels! Fun Fact: This wildlife sanctuary used to be a landfill.
Escape crowded parks and scoot over to Singapore’s second-largest offshore island, Pulau Ubin (also known as Singapore’s last kampong). Join a guided ride-along (from $86 per person) and explore places off the beaten track, like Chek Jawa and a rock quarry. It’s only a short ferry ride away, and you can rent bikes there too!
Whampoa Dragon Fountain Statue, located in front of Block 85 Whampoa Drive, beside the CTE
Lorong Halus Wetland, via Lorong Halus and Pasir Ris Farmway 3. Admission is free and it opens daily.
Pulau Ubin. Bumboats operate daily at Changi Point Ferry Terminal from 6am to 7pm (ticket is about $3 per pax). Admission to the island is free. Bikes are available for rent.
Best quiet spots
Hate swerving left and right in your bike to avoid people who ride too slowly or in packs (no offence, guys!). Or worse yet, daredevil rollerbladers who come out of nowhere! Join the club. Punggol Point (which has a lovely jetty, by the way), Hort Park, and Labrador Nature Reserve are great choices for a well-deserved respite from hyperactive exercise nuts. Your kids will love being able to engage in fun bike races, as these areas are less crowded. Plus there’s so much open space to stretch your legs and enjoy an afternoon nap ( if the kids will allow it!).
Punggol Point, at Punggol Promenade Nature Walk. Bikes are available for rent.
Hort Park, 33 Hyderabad Road, Singapore 119578.
Labrador Nature Reserve, Labrador Villa Road, Singapore 119187.
Admission is free. Open daily.
Armed with your essentials (think sunscreen, insect repellent, and a nice straw hat), get your tots’ bike helmets ready and set off on your weekend cycling adventure, Singapore-style! P.S.: Check out our picks of the best parks where you can do more cycling, scooting and picnicking!
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