From a path that winds through lush greenery on recently opened Coney Island, to a thrilling route just for mountain bikes in Pulau Ubin, here are Singapore’s coolest bike trails.
Chestnut Nature Park
Opened in April next to the Central Catchment Nature Reserve, the park offers separate biking and hiking paths through 17ha of land. The cycling trail is currently 2.1km long, but will reach up to 5 to 6km long once the park’s northern section debuts.
Ketam Bike Trail
You need to catch a 10-minute ferry ride from Changi Ferry Terminal to nearby Pulau Ubin, but it is well worth the effort as you get to enjoy the island’s good food, rustic charm and, of course, its mountain-biking trail. One of the newer bike trails in Singapore, Ketam has found favour with cyclists for its sandy, dry path and a bird’s-eye view of Pulau Ubin at its highest point.
Facilities here (opposite Blk 325, Sembawang Crescent) were upgraded last year to include swings, a playground catering to children with special needs and, of course, cycling paths for a great weekend with the family.
More than half the size of its eponymous New York cousin, Singapore’s latest outdoor destination opened in 2015 and is completely off the grid. It boasts 80 species of birds, an abandoned villa and a nature park with a popular gravel cycling track. Also, a free-roaming Brahman cow whose origins remain a mystery.
Punggol Waterway Park
Cycling along the 4.2km serene, man-made canal is the main attraction here. Located in the heart of one of the country’s up-and-coming neighbourhoods, the park also offers retail and dining options, as well as a water playground for children.
Another track for those who prefer the wilderness to the well-trodden paths of a park, the so-called T15 runs in tandem with the Bukit Timah Expressway. The 5.8km trail is a fairly smooth ride and suitable for cyclists of all levels, but the Gangsa Hill area it leads to is equipped with jumps, berms and slopes, and is recommended only for experts.
Kent Ridge Bike Trail
This 2km-long trail is perfect as a before- or after-work pick-me-up on weekdays. Filled with history, it witnessed one of the most significant battles in Singapore’s history, and visitors can drop by the nearby Reflections at Bukit Chandu Museum to learn more.
Eastern Coastal Loop
Explore one of Singapore’s most popular belts of parks and seafront recreational spots on this two-hour trail, which encompasses flora and fauna sanctuary Tampines Eco Green, the famous Bedok Food Centre and a long-time favourite for R&R – East Coast Park.
Central Urban Loop
A different way to witness the daily lives of locals, the Central Urban Loop cuts through small parks and community spaces within Singapore’s heartlands, including Toa Payoh Town Park, Punggol Park and Circuit Road Hawker Centre. The trail is two hours long on bicycle, but feel free to stop and enjoy local delights at the food stops.
The Green Corridor
The former tracks leading out of the historic Tanjong Pagar Railway have been converted into a lush green trail open to visitors and cyclists alike. A breath of fresh air in the heart of the city, it is slated for redevelopment in the future, so visit while you can.
Marina Bay Front
Take in Singapore’s iconic skyline during the golden hours and watch the city light up. This 11km ride starts from Marina Bay Sands, goes across the Helix Bridge and up to the Esplanade and Merlion. Round up your night at one of the many restaurants or bars at Marina Bay Sands and the Esplanade.
Kranji Heritage Trail
Singapore is seldom associated with agriculture, but farms and cottage industry once thrived in the country. Make your way through the Kranji area and stop by farms such as Bollywood Veggies, as well as historically significant sites like the Kranji War Memorial and World War II First Landing Site for a blast from the past.
All photos by Singapore Press Holdings.
This story was originally published in SilverKris.