Guide: Cycling in Singapore

Guide: Cycling in Singapore
June 27 09:39 2016

As Singapore makes an effort to make the country more bicycle friendly with more than 200 km of bike paths across the island, the popularity of two-wheelers is steadily increasing. Join in the fun with these 7 things you need to know about cycling in Singapore.

There are many bike stores in Singapore

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When buying your first bicycle, head to the store to find the one that will fit you perfectly. Be sure to consider the following questions: Does it have enough gears? Is the height ideal for you? Most importantly- can you ride it comfortably?

You can find several well-equipped stores in Singapore, such as Hello Bicycle, Tay Junction, Treknology, and The Bike Settlement. If you desire a speciality bike, head to Wheeler’s Yard, which is also a cosy bike café.

Those who are looking for a second-hand bike can use the e-commerce app Carousell, offering bike parts and second-hand bicycles. The website also holds a fine selection of new and affordable bicycles. In my opinion, the best place to repair your bicycle is at Tech Bee Bros Co on Syed Alwi Road.

Cycling rules are no different from driving rules

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Some cyclists I have talked to still feel concerned about riding on the street. However, one simply needs to remember that the traffic rules are no different for cyclists than they are for anyone else. When it comes to cycling on the road, cyclists should keep to the very left. According to the Land Transport Authority, a pair of cyclists can ride next to each other.

Although most drivers in Singapore are collegial and give bicycles enough space on the road, basic safety is definitely recommended. Your bike should be equipped with a white light in the front and a red one in the back. While most cyclists prefer blinking lights, those are not mandatory. A helmet isn’t obligatory either, but recommended when cycling on the road.

You can secure your bike with a police bicycle label

Don’t forget to secure your bicycle against theft, as there are over 1200 bicycle thefts yearly in Singapore. Besides a heavy u-lock, which is on stock in every bike shop, you can also get a unique bicycle security label from your local police station, identifying your bike.

There will be 300 km of cycling routes in Singapore

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When it comes to cycling in Singapore, the park connector network is a true blessing. The network is scheduled to extend to 300 km across Singapore. The latest edition to the network is the Central Urban Loop, stretching from Punggol Park to Kallang, all the way to MacRitchie and back to Punggol. Beside this 36km loop, the network also includes the North-Eastern Riverine Loop and the Eastern Coastal Loop. All these tracks also branch off into several other connections, giving each cyclist a variety of choices.

The route connecting the Kallang Park, the Sports Hub, Marina East, and the Marina Bay definitely is the most scenic choice. You can enjoy both the peaceful green as well as Singapore’s most famous structures. Both at sunrise and sunset, this route won’t fail to impress.

Take advantage of the car-free Sunday

Since February 2016, Singapore holds a car-free-Sunday once a month. The roads around the Padang and several streets in the CBD are either completely or partially closed to cars. Although this project is in an experimental phase, it has been very well received by the public and is most likely going to be extended.

There are riding groups to join

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Don’t think that cycling is for individuals, as it can actually be very social. There are already many bicycle clubs and groups that meet up regularly and are free to join. While the Singapore Joyriders are into speedy road cycling, the Singapore Cycling Federation hosts various events for anyone to take part in.

No excuses, you don’t need to own a bike to ride

If you don’t want to get your own bike but still want to enjoy a ride with your friends and family, you will need to rent a bicycle. There is undoubtedly no better place to rent one than at East Coast Park. You will be able to rent a family bike, a tandem, or a single bike- you’ll be spoilt for choice. Rates can go as low as $3 per hour.

Another popular destination is Pulau Ubin. There is no need to bring your bike, as you can rent an all-terrain bike from as low as $8 per hour.

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