Cycling in Singapore

October 11, 2011 by

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Singapore's flat and nicely paved roads make cycling easy and fun
- photo courtesy of qinrongs via Flickr

For obvious reasons, cycling around Singapore is an ideal way for both tourists and residents to experience the city-state. In more populated areas, the well-maintained roads offer an excellent alternative for commuting considering the congestion and obstacles to parking for people trying to get to and from work or negotiate their way amid restaurants, tourist destinations, religious sites, and cultural institutions. There are extensive loops and routes throughout the city designed to promote alternatives to automobile traffic, and many of them offer rewarding recreational activity.

The Balmoral Road Loop in particular is a great way to circumnavigate the inner city, and the Yishun Industrial Park Path is a pleasant ride from the Canberra Link to the Johor Straight.  The East Coast Loop around the eastern tip of the island comes highly recommended, as does the Tampines to Sheares Bridge Loop, which passes through both a national park and city reserve park, both of which are bordered by water.

Practitioners of technical biking can explore various BMX or slalom bike courses situated throughout the city, or join the urban street bike culture at the Youth Park. Regularly scheduled events allow bikers to pedal through the Bukit Timah Nature Reserve, which is located on the slopes of Bukit Timah Hill, Singapore’s highest hill (not an event designed for the faint of heart).

A number of routes take bikers out into the wilder parts of the island, but visitors new to the area would do well to embark upon some careful research before venturing out into alien territory.

- John Reality

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