Beginner Bicycle Routes in Singapore That Are Foldie-Friendly

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With a well-connected public transport system and many smooth roads, Singapore is one of the best countries in the world to grab a bike and cycle around the city’s many parks and Park Connector Networks (PCNs).

Foldable bicycles, or foldies for short, are a great way to discover the less travelled parts of Singapore. A foldie is extremely portable and can be brought onto public transport or stowed in a car when travelling around.

Whether you’re an individual looking for novel ways to explore Singapore or a family wanting to stay active and burn some calories together, we’ve compiled a list of places guaranteed to let you have a rolling good time on your wheels.

There are plenty of sights to see, grounds to explore, and under-the-radar gems to discover in this clean and green city. Here are the top six bicycle routes in Singapore that are foldie-friendly for beginners.

1. West Coast Park

West Coast Park may be small but the views are a pretty big deal. Over here, there are no grass patches or breakwaters obstructing the scenery so you can get a first-class view of the shoreline, nearby boats as well as Jurong Island in the far distance. 

Cycling from one end of the park to the other end only takes about 20 minutes. To pass the time here, head towards Promenade Lookout Jetty, which offers a great view of the sun bathing the sky, behind the silhouettes of the many yachts docked at the nearby jetty.

2. Punggol Waterway Park

Filled with gleaming reservoirs and rich biodiversity, Punggol Waterway Park is the place to be at for individuals looking for a quiet and rustic getaway.

Starting from Punggol Waterway Point, slowly explore the Waterway Park and cycle further up towards Punggol Promenade. You’ll immediately see the iconic red Lorong Halus Bridge where Instagrammers flock to get that ‘gram.

Coney Island

If you’re feeling adventurous, continue cycling 500m east along the Punggol Promenade Nature Walk to get to Coney Island Park (West Entrance). This island is where you can discover the different types of flora and fauna, including several nationally threatened species.

While taking in the beautiful promenade view of the Serangoon Reservoir, also keep your eyes peeled for wild boars, monkeys, and birds that made this island their home.

Once you’re ready to end your cycling adventure, head back towards Punggol Waterway Point again to treat yourself to a hearty meal and call it a day.

3. Sembawang Park

Living in a metropolis like Singapore can be a little daunting at times. We all need to find a sanctuary for some zen and Sembawang Park is the right place to be in. Fusing nature and history, Sembawang Park is a calm and serene park that has a rich naval heritage.

Visit the different places of historical interest on your bicycle like the Beaulieu House, the house of a senior British Navy staff officer during the colonial days.

Other historical places to explore inside the park include the Admiralty House, Masjid Petempatan Melayu, Sembawang, Kampong Wak Hassan, Sembawang memorial, and the Sembawang Shipyard.

If you’re looking for more exciting things to do, why not try your luck at fishing? Cycle to the Sembawang Jetty, a well-known fishing hotspot that attracts many people everyday and is a stone’s throw away from the park.

4. Jurong Central Park

From life-sized old-school games to biodiversity-rich ponds, Jurong Central Park offers individuals and their families hours of fun.

Cycle towards the Snakes and Ladders playground and Ludo Garden, where individuals can revisit their childhood and relive old memories. Greenery, sculpted terrains, various play equipment and a dice tower are built to recreate favourite life-sized childhood board games.

Nature lovers are not left out either! There are many different aquatic plants, wildlife species and insects that are waiting to be discovered in the nearby ponds located inside the park.

5. East Coast Park

East side may truly be the best side. Occupying an impressive 185 hectares with a spectacular coastline that stretches over 15 km, East Coast Park has the largest beach in Singapore.

This bustling park also houses two attractions for cyclists looking for ways to learn more about road safety and hone their cycling skills: the Road Safety Community Park and the Cyclist Park.

Older cyclists may be familiar with the Road Safety Community Park that opened in 1981. Over there, it is a great safe space for parents to teach their children more about road safety. 

At Area D, there is also the newer Cyclist Park with two cycling circuits – the Learner Circuit and Advanced Circuit – suitable for both kids and adults alike to navigate the various obstacle courses.

If exploring is more for you, you can consider cycling towards either one of the two far ends of East Coast Park. One end leads to Changi Jurassic Mile while the other one leads to the Marina Bay Loop.

Changi Jurassic Mile

Head towards the direction of Changi Airport to visit Jewel and the newly-opened Changi Jurassic Mile, Singapore’s largest permanent outdoor display of life-sized dinosaurs.

Marina Bay Loop

To get to the Marina Bay Loop, cycle in the direction of the Coastal PlayGrove and Road Safety Community Park till you reach the overhead green bridge at Fort Road.

Put your cycling skills to the test by crossing the steep bridge and continue on towards Gardens by the Bay (East). As a safety guide, only those who mastered their braking techniques are advised to cross the bridge.

There is one pit stop before Gardens by the Bay (East) where you can have your water break. Your end destination should be Marina Barrage. Cycle at night and you’re treated to a marvellous view of the lighted skylines of the Singapore Flyer and Gardens by the Bay. Now that’s a sight you’d definitely not want to miss! 

Intermediate cyclists can head further out towards Marina Bay Sands, beyond Marina Barrage. Afterwards, simply head back home by taking a train from Bayfront station.

6. Rail Corridor Central

A welcome stretch of peace and quiet, revel in the green landscape and rich heritage as you cycle down this 24km greenway. The Rail Corridor (Central) brings you on a journey back in time with an old-school charm.

Re-discover the old Bukit Timah Railway Station with its two stretches of railway tracks and the truss bridges, all of which are Instagram-famous spots.

From the old Bukit Timah Railway Station, continue cycling south along the Rail Corridor for about 10 minutes till you see an open valley. Lock your bike and make your way on foot to the entrance of Clementi Forest, another wonderful place to explore.

To complete the entire Rail Corridor (Central) trail, continue cycling south till you reach Tanjong Pagar. From there, simply collapse your bike and take Bus 10/131/57 to Tanjong Pagar MRT station.

Besides the entrance bridge near King Albert Park MRT station, there are several other different access points to The Rail Corridor.

  1. Landscaped stairs leading from The Rail Mall to the southern end of the Upper Bukit Timah truss bridge.
  2. Landscaped stairs leading from Dairy Farm Nature Park to the trail, located near the Singapore Quarry Bridge.
  3. Rustic trail with a flight of stairs leading from the end of Hindhede Walk, near Springdale Condominium.
  4. 4m-wide path leading from Bukit Drive, accessible from Bukit Timah Nature Reserve.
  5. Restored flight of brick stairs next to Hindhede Bridge leading from Hindhede Walk, accessible from Bukit Timah Nature Reserve.
  6. Restored staircase from Jalan Anak Bukit, under the PIE viaduct.
  7. Path from the Bukit Timah Railway Station.

Meanwhile, barrier-free access for bicycles, wheelchair users, and prams are at the following access points: Bukit Drive, near Jalan Anak Bukit and Mayfair Park Estate, and near the Bukit Timah Railway Station.

Below is a map for reference.

 
Photo: Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA)
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