Pedalling Paradise Top 12 Singapore Cycling Routes
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Pedalling Paradise: Top 12 Singapore Cycling Routes

Today, we’re going to explore Singapore’s top routes for our favourite two-wheeled transport—bicycles.

Singapore may be a highly urbanised city-state, but there are also bike trails here snaking through thriving wetlands filled with diverse bird species and other wildlife!

So are you raring to conquer the best cycling routes on the island? Then let’s pedal down those paths together.

1. Rower’s Bay Park Connector

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Difficulty level: Easy to moderate
Starting point: Punggol Settlement area
Trail length: 60 km

Rower’s Bay Park Connector has an initial 60-kilometre pathway making up the inaugural segment of the Round Island Route (RIR). The RIR is an unbroken 150-kilometre park connector encircling the island (projected completion is by 2035).

This trail follows the scenic coastline, offering glimpses of Singapore’s maritime heritage, including shipyards, jetties, and the idyllic Punggol Waterway.

It’s well-paved and mostly flat, making it suitable for cyclists of various fitness levels and experience. It’s a popular choice for families, leisure riders, and beginners looking for a pleasant and relaxing cycling experience. 

2. Ketam Mountain Bike Park Trail

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Difficulty level: Easy (green circles) to challenging (blue squares, black diamonds)
Starting point: Pulau Ubin Jetty
Trail length: 10 km

Singapore’s inaugural bike park is Pulau Ubin’s Ketam Mountain Bike Park, which was also the first park on the island to meet International Mountain Bicycling Association standards. It attracts thrill-seeking mountain bikers. 

It has 10 kilometres of trails for every skill level, including easy white circles and challenging double-black diamonds. Of course, starting with trails matching your comfort and skill level is recommended before progressing to more difficult sections.

The diverse terrain and trail options provide a mix of smooth tracks and technical sections, making it suitable for riders looking to improve their skills or seeking a thrilling off-road adventure. 

3. Southern Ridges Loop

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Difficulty level: Moderately difficult
Starting point: South Buona Vista Road
Trail length: 9 km

Characterised by a series of inclines, the Southern Ridges Loop presents an exciting opportunity for cyclists seeking to elevate their experience and embrace a slightly more demanding challenge than usual.

It encompasses all five parks within the Southern Region—from the renowned Mount Faber Park and the architectural marvel of Henderson Waves to the serene expanse of Telok Blangah Hill Park.

For a bit of nature immersion, I suggest pedalling until you reach the 80-metre Alexandra Arch acclaimed as the ‘Gateway to Nature.’ It seamlessly blends urban life with the natural world, making it a fitting gateway to Singapore’s scenic landscapes

4. Coast to Coast Trail

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Difficulty level: Easy to moderate
Starting point: Jurong Lake Gardens
Trail length: 36 km

The 36-kilometre Coast-to-Coast (C2C) Trail traverses the island, connecting Coney Island in the northeast to Jurong Lake Gardens in the west. For the adventurous, cycling the challenging route from Jurong Lake Gardens can be completed in a day.

The majority of the trail follows park connectors and offers a relatively smooth and well-maintained path, suitable for cyclists of various skill levels. 

However, there are certain sections where the trail might require more effort or present slightly more challenging terrain. These could include uphill slopes, intersections with road traffic, or areas where you need to dismount and walk for short distances.

5. Central Urban Loop

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Difficulty level: Moderate 
Starting point: Balam Park Connector
Trail length: 36 km

The Central Urban Loop guides riders through historic estates like Whampoa, Toa Payoh, Ang Mo Kio, and Balestier before transitioning to newer areas like Punggol.

The route takes you through a mix of urban areas, historic estates, and parks, offering a diverse and engaging cycling experience. It’s a miniature representation of what Singapore has to offer.

While the terrain is mostly flat and follows park connectors, there might be some slight inclines and intersections with road traffic to navigate. These factors contribute to the moderate difficulty level.

6. Marina Bay Loop

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Difficulty level: Easy
Starting point: Marina Bay Sands
Trail length: 11 km

I think that Marina Bay Loop is best for dynamic morning rides or leisurely evening cycles, thanks to the panoramic views of Singapore’s skyline. 

The absence of significant elevation changes and the well-maintained paths contribute to a relaxed and enjoyable riding experience. This loop is particularly friendly for leisurely rides and sightseeing, making it accessible to a wide range of cyclists.

Begin at Marina Bay Sands, ride across the Helix Bridge, and continue to Marina Barrage, passing iconic landmarks like the Merlion and Esplanade.

7. Punggol Waterway Park

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Difficulty level: Easy
Starting point: Punggol Waterway Point 
Trail length: 4.2 km

In the northeast, I happily discovered the bike trail along Punggol Waterway Park. With its smooth paths, this all-ages-friendly route offers a relaxed ride for me and my young nephews and nieces.  

We particularly enjoy the promenade view while cycling and exploring the park’s themed areas: Nature Cove, Green Gallery, Heritage Zone, and Recreation Zone. 

Try cycling or inline skating with your family, or savour the views from Rope Bridge and Kelong Bridge.

8. Changi Airport Connector

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Difficulty level: Beginner-friendly
Starting point: East Coast Park entrance
Trail length: 3.5 km

Featuring life-sized dinosaur displays on the Jurassic Mile, the Changi Airport Connector offers an ideal and fun-filled cycling trail for family rides with small kids.

This unique attraction at Changi Airport provides a versatile path for cycling and jogging, making it a convenient and enjoyable option for exercise and exploration, especially for those seeking a relaxed and straightforward route.

The trail is well-paved and mostly flat, making it suitable for cyclists of all ages and skill levels. It’s meant to provide a leisurely and enjoyable experience, allowing riders to explore the area without encountering significant challenges or difficult terrain.

9. Eastern Coastal Loop

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Difficulty level: Moderately difficult
Starting point: Pasir Town Park
Trail length: 17.5 km

For a seaside cycling experience, I recommend trying the Eastern Coastal Loop. If you’re travelling in a group, you’ll find designated walking and cycling paths, rentals for bicycles and rollerblades, a skate park, and facilities for barbecues and camping.

It’s a scenic session with Bedok Reservoir Park, Tampines Eco Green, and Changi Beach Park providing soothing ocean panoramas. The overall path is well-maintained and suitable for cyclists with basic riding skills and moderate fitness levels. 

And if you’re feeling peckish, the East Coast Lagoon Food Village and Bedok Food Centre have family-sized feasts after your exhilarating ride.

10. Chestnut Nature Park

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Difficulty level: Beginner-friendly to challenging
Starting point: Chestnut Nature Point
Trail length: 8.2 km

Singapore’s largest nature park, Chestnut Nature Park, spans 80 hectares—a haven for outdoor pursuits like hiking, birdwatching, and cycling. 

The park features 11 mountain biking trails of varying difficulty levels, catering to both beginners and experienced riders. In particular, the mountain biking trail offers twisting slopes and a pump track for practising stunts. 

Because of the variety of nature-based activities it offers, Chestnut Nature Park is an ideal family outing area.

11. St. John’s Island and Lazarus Island

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Difficulty level: Easy to moderate
Starting point: Ferry terminal
Trail length: 1.5 km

Embark on urban exploration with a day trip to the Southern islands. Cycle along the St John’s Island and Lazarus Island bridge, immersing in nature and wildlife. 

The green trail presents a rustic sanctuary with slopes and bends, offering a moderate workout and distant views of Singapore’s skyline.

The island features paved paths and well-maintained trails that are suitable for cyclists of various skill levels, including beginners. While there are some inclines and curves, they are typically gentle and manageable. 

12. Mandai Loop

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Difficulty level: Moderately difficult
Starting point: Rats Corner, Orchard Road
Trail length: 35 km

Mandai Reserve, housing Singapore Zoo, Night Safari, River Wonders, and Bird Paradise, is something I would also consider a prime cycling route. 

If you’re an experienced cyclist or are comfortable with varied terrain, the Mandai Loop should pose a manageable challenge. 

For those who are new to cycling or prefer a more leisurely ride, taking it at a slower pace and focusing on the flatter sections can make the experience enjoyable.

Begin at Rats Corner on Orchard Road, and cycle north via Novena and Old Upper Thomson Road to Mandai. Mandai’sTrack 15 (T15) is ideal for beginners with easy climbs. 

Cycling Tips 

1. Observe traffic rules

Treat your bicycle like a vehicle, adhering to traffic rules such as signalling turns, stopping at red lights, and yielding to pedestrians. Ride in the same direction as traffic for predictability and safety. 

2. Use cycling lanes

Utilise cycling lanes to accommodate cyclists of all levels, promoting cycling as a practical transportation option for short to medium distances. Singapore’s growing cycling network offers designated paths that enhance safety and accessibility for riders.

3. Stay visible

Enhance visibility by wearing bright or reflective attire, especially at night, and outfitting your bike with lights and reflectors for low-light situations. Opt for dedicated bike lanes with clear markings, ensuring visibility and safety for both cyclists and drivers.

4. Practise helmet safety

Although not obligatory for all age groups, wearing a helmet is highly advised for safety, offering vital protection in case of accidents. Urban cycling can involve potential hazards such as abrupt stops, obstacles, and uneven roads that can result in falls.

5. Lock up securely

Your bike is a valuable investment, both monetarily and sentimentally. A sturdy lock ensures that your bike remains intact and protected from theft or tampering, preserving its longevity and value. 

And always look for designated bike racks or parking spaces.

6. Gear up for the weather

Singapore’s weather can be unpredictable. Proper cycling clothing choices enable you to regulate your body temperature, preventing overheating or chilling. 

Equipping yourself with appropriate gear like waterproof jackets, sunglasses, and sunscreen blocks you from the elements, ensuring a comfortable and secure ride.

7. Plan routes ahead

Utilise cycling apps or maps to preplan routes and familiarize yourself with your cycling areas. Prior route research aids in identifying rest spots, facilities, repair shops, and water sources, ensuring preparedness for potential ride scenarios.

8. Consider renting a bike

For tourists or those without a bike, bike-sharing services offer a convenient solution, especially for city exploration. 

Renting enables extensive travel, close interaction with local culture, and uncovering hidden treasures often overlooked by conventional transport. 

9. Respect pedestrians

Respecting pedestrians in urban cycling is a fundamental practice that promotes safety, mutual respect, and positive road dynamics. 

Yielding to pedestrians, using bells when passing, and adhering to no-cycling zones showcase your commitment to responsible cycling behaviour.

10. Mind the traffic flow

Adhering to traffic flow fosters safety and cohesion in shared road environments, minimizing friction between cyclists and other road users. Maintain awareness of traffic dynamics, steering clear of abrupt actions.

11. Stay hygienic

Reduce exposure to urban surfaces, pollutants, and pathogens that can lead to illnesses. Avoid touching your face during cycling to prevent contamination. 

Carry hand sanitiser and disinfecting wipes for cleanliness, particularly with shared bikes or public areas.

12. Stay hydrated

Establishing a hydration strategy before your ride, including how much water to carry, where to refill, and when to drink, ensures consistent hydration throughout your journey. 

Carry a refillable water bottle and make regular stops at water fountains or convenience stores to ensure you maintain optimal hydration levels throughout your ride.

13. Explore early or late

Early mornings and late evenings offer cooler temperatures compared to the midday heat. This reduces the risk of heat exhaustion, promotes comfort, and allows for a more enjoyable ride. 

And don’t forget the potential golden hour aesthetics you can take pics of! 

14. Practise bike maintenance

Prioritise pre-ride checks on tire pressure, brakes, and gears for seamless rides. Well-maintained bikes minimise trail debris from avoidable breakdowns, preserving both the environment and fellow riders’ enjoyment.

15. Bring emergency essentials

Navigate confidently with maps or GPS tools, ensuring you remain on course. Pack a first aid kit, multi-tool, and phone for unforeseen situations, and communicate your trail plans to a trusted contact for added safety.

Prevent exhaustion, dizziness, and reduced focus by consuming easily digestible carbohydrate-rich snacks to stabilize blood sugar. 

16. Communicate with co-riders

In group rides, adopt a staggered formation for safety and share updates on stops, turns, and route alterations to maintain cohesion. Warning about obstacles like roots or branches enables adjustments, enhancing safety by preventing accidents or mishaps.