Discover the Beauty of Singapore on Two Wheels: A Guide to the Best Cycling Routes in 2023
In our books, cycling is the BEST way to experience the beauty and diversity of Singapore. From scenic parks to bustling city streets, our sunny island city has something to offer for all types of riders, whether you are a casual cyclist on Holiday or a seasoned pro. So strap in an pedal along with us as we take you through some of Unspokin's favourite cycling routes in Singapore, to help you plan your next ride with ease!
Scenic Cycling Routes in Singapore
If you're in the game for a leisurely ride with breathtaking and stunning views, then these scenic cycling routes are perfect for you. These routes take you through some of the city's most beautiful parks and green spaces while simultaneously offering you a glimpse of the hustle and bustle of city life here.
Gardens by the Bay
One of the most popular scenic cycling routes in Singapore is the iconic Gardens by the Bay. This 101-hectare park is home to over a million plants from around the world, and will likely be one of the most beautiful places you have ever ridden a bike at. The park has several dedicated bike paths, making it easy and safe to explore. Make sure to drop by the flower domes and the super tree park while you're here. It's convenient to get off and lock your bike and biking is always faster than walking.
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Another good scenic cycling route to definitely check out is the Marina Bay area. This route takes you around the Bay, offering breathtaking views of the skyline and the water including the must see Marina Bay Sands where the Art Science Museum, the Esplanade Theatres and may other attractions are. The route is well-lit and has plenty of places to stop and take in the views (this also makes it a perfectly good instagrammable route). Regardless of time of day, this is a great option for a sunset or evening ride or even a morning or night ride.
Urban Cycling Routes in Singapore
If you're less of a nature hippie and more of an urban junky, then our city's urban cycling routes are probably a better fir for you. These routes take you through the heart of the city, offering a chance to see the city from a different perspective.
East Coast Park
East Coast Park is a 15km long park that runs along the eastern coast of Singapore. That said, if you're in for a longer ride, you could use the park connector network (below) to extend your ride multiple times of that. You'll be near the sea but won't forget that urban Singapore is right next to you. This area is also well developed with lots of vendors selling snacks, drinks and more. This route is popular among cyclists and is a great option for those who want a more urban cycling experience. The park has dedicated bike paths, making it easy and safe to explore. Be sure to stop by the Lagoon hawker center to sample Singapore's must try foods!
Park Connector Network
The Park Connector Network is a network of parks and green spaces that connect the different parts of the city. This network of parks makes it easy to cycle from one part of the city to another, without having to ride on busy roads. There are tonnes of routes available on the Park Connector Network, and is definitely one of the best ways to explore Singapore as you get to be close to the beating heart of the city and experience things you wouldn't otherwise get the chance to experience.
The park connector network also links you up to our store and it's about a 5 minute bike ride away (on the pavements). From there you would be able to go to East Coast Park in just about half an hour.
Challenging Cycling Routes in Singapore
For experienced cyclists, the challenging cycling routes in Singapore offer a chance to test your skills and push your limits. These routes take you through some of the city's most challenging terrain, offering a chance to put your cycling skills to the test.
Mandai loop is a popular short route for experienced cyclists. This reserve is home to some of the city's most challenging terrain, including a variety of climbs and technical decents. This route is not for the faint of heart as you'll have to go on the road, but it offers a chance to push your limits and test your skills.
Pulau Ubin is a small island located off the northeastern coast of Singapore. The challenge here lies in getting to the island, as you would need to take a boat to get there. The island is a popular destination as it removes you from the modern world of Singapore and transports you back to simpler times. The payoff of rising to that challenge is a chance to ride through dense forests, rugged terrain, and scenic shores which is most definitely worth it.
Q. What are the best cycling routes in Singapore for beginners?
A. For beginners, the best cycling routes in Singapore are the scenic routes, such as Gardens by the Bay and Marina Bay. These routes are good for people of all ages, including kids and elderly. They offer a leisurely ride with breathtaking views and are easy to navigate with dedicated bike paths. There is also not chance of getting lost.
Q. Are there any designated bike lanes in Singapore?
A. Yes, there are designated bike lanes in Singapore, particularly along the Park Connector Network. These lanes make it easy and safe to cycle from one part of the city to another, without having to ride on busy roads. For many places there will be an alternative to taking the road, although some parts of Singapore are notoriously bicycle unfriendly, you'll be fine if you stick to the Park Connector Networks!
Q. What kind of bike is best for cycling in Singapore?
A. The best kind of bike for cycling in Singapore is a hybrid bike, such as the Unspokin Frigate Belt Drive Bicycle. This is a combination of a road bike and a mountain bike. Hybrid bikes are versatile and can handle a variety of terrains, making them ideal for exploring the city's different cycling routes.
Q. Where can we rent Bikes in Singapore?
A. We recommend Singapore Bicycle Rentals, in full disclosure, our sister brand.
Singapore is a fantastic destination for cyclists, especially in recent years with the government's efforts to build the park connector network. The city-state offers a variety of routes to suit all levels of riders! So grab your bike (or rent one) and get ready to explore everything that our country has to offer!