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What's Your Cycling Route Personality?

Posted on | 23 Feb 2024

With so many cycling routes across Singapore, how do you know which ones to pick? Here, we curate the top choices based on your personality and interests.

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Cycling might be low-impact on your knees, but it’s certainly got high impact on your health and is a great way to get fit while spending time with your loved ones! As a plus, cycling in our nation-state is becoming more accessible, safe and convenient with the nationwide cycling network aiming to grow from 580km today to 1,300km by 2030.

Not sure where to start for your next two-wheeled adventure? We’ve got you covered.

Pedal your way through one of these curated routes that cater to various personalities and interests!

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The Foodie

If you love food, then a gastronomic bike tour around the island works best for you! Besides treating yourself to a day of delicious local delights, you’ll also work up appetite pedalling location to location, and burn off a least a little of what you chow down.

Create your tasty trail based on places famous for your favourite dishes — prawn mee, nasi lemak, roti prata… the list goes on — then use Google Maps’ cycling function to find the best route for cycling and mark the full route. And if you’re in need of ideas where to go, well let’s say you can’t go wrong adding foodie spots like Joo Chiat, Balestier, Chinatown, Little India and Tiong Bahru to the mix!

Did you know? 
Singapore has 53 hawker stalls awarded a Bib Gourmand? Definitely add some of these to your foodie trail ride!

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The Instagrammer

Scenic spots abound around the island, but the best place to catch Singapore’s top attractions is arguably Marina Bay-Rochor (PDF, 491.9kB), home to iconic landmarks like the Flyer, Marina Bay Sands, and Gardens by the Bay.

Access these attractions on bicycle through the Eastern Coastal Loop or find your way to the area through the CBD cycling paths stretching from Clarke Quay to Bayfront and Tanjong Pagar. Other spots that are great for stopping to whip out your camera include the Jurong route with the infamous Lone Tree (PDF, 429.6kB) or the Punggol-Sengkang route to visit Coney Island, which will take you past Jewel Bridge and Lorong Halus Bridge (PDF, 2.1MB).

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The Endurance Rider

Want to feel the burn? Work yourself up for a challenge with moderate level routes like the 12km Jurong route (PDF, 249.6kB) and the 21km Bedok-Tampines route (PDF, 506.3kB).

Then, give Mount Faber Loop a shot. The route might be a mere 3km long, but with the steepness of the climb up to Mount Faber Peak (which is Singapore’s second highest!), this ride has the potential to make the toughest of spin classes feel like a breeze.

And if you’re really up for a challenge, take on the other peaks of the Southern Ridges: Kent Ridge Park and HortPark before hitting Mount Faber. This 35km route, known as the Southern Bumps, starts near 99 bends, and is a true test of will-power — in part because of the climb, but also because it’s best attempted before dawn.

Alternatively, if the long-distance burn is what you need, take Round Island Route (RIR). The trail, which will grow to 150km when completion, currently spans from Rower’s Bay Park to Berlayer Creek, offering a whopping 75km to test your endurance.

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The Family Folk

Parks, cycling paths and park connectors are family-friendly spots to cycle, especially with little ones who are just starting out, so if that’s you, there are plenty of cycling path networks to #ExploreSG near home!

But for a little kid-friendly excitement, try the 3.5km-long Changi Jurassic Mile. Enter from Changi Airport Terminal 2, and as its name suggests, you’re on the way to a journey through the land of dinosaurs—perfect for kids who are a fan of Jurassic Park!

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The Thrill-Seeker

Sunny Singapore has plenty of options for those looking for a more adrenaline charged ride, starting from the Bukit Timah Mountain Biking trail! The oldest in Singapore, this challenging route snakes around Bukit Timah Nature Reserve, offering sights of flora, fauna and majestic granite quarries.

But if you’re not so hardcore, there’s always Mandai Track 15 with smoother slopes and tracks, or Chestnut Nature Park’s pump track to train your skills.

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The Nature Lover

In the north of Singapore, the 25km Northern Explorer Loop connects 11 parks and nature areas. Riders along the route will be treated to stunning views of the Straits of Johor from Woodlands Waterfront, and an abundance of natural greenery at spots like the Ulu Sembawang Park Connector.

And did you know? These green spaces are also home to around 52 species of birds, 35 species of butterflies and more, so you’re definitely in for a ride that immerses you in some of the best of Singapore’s nature scene.

For other scenic escapades, try the forest and mangrove habitats at Admiralty Park in our Woodlands route, enjoy the sea breeze along the long coastline in our Pasir Ris – Changi route.

Tips to cycle safe
  • Be safe: Stick to cycling paths where possible and keep your eyes on the road, not your phone.
  • Be seen (and heard): Dress comfortably, in bright colours, and definitely don’t forget the helmet.
  • Be considerate: Stick to your path and remember— better to give way, than be in the way.

Check out the next article for more tips on how to become a sharper, safer cyclist!

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