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Nov 9, 2017

3 Best cycling routes for newbies and where to find them

With scenic views, bicycle rental shops and cycling paths, it’s not hard to see why locations like East Coast Park and Punggol Waterway Park are perennial favourites among cyclists. After all, they’re conveniently located, offer easy and scenic routes to cycle on.

However, if you’re looking for new routes to freshen up your rides, Move Happy is here to give you a new fantastic point of view with our cycling routes for newbies.

Pasir Ris Park

A sunset view along the coast
Photo source:Facebook / FreeMan Loke

A family-friendly park that offers a charming and tranquil oasis away from the city, this is a good place for budding cyclists to kickstart their wheel-y experience while enjoying picturesque views of the coast.

With trails spanning across the 70-hectare park, there’s quite a bit of ground to cover, especially if you make loops. Along the way, don’t forget to check out the Mangrove Boardwalk which occupies 6-hectare. That’s the combined size of more than seven international football fields! Take the opportunity to commune with nature in this sanctuary and keep a lookout for its inhabitants – like mud crabs, mudskippers and water monitor lizards.

Need a bicycle? You can rent one from Coastline Leisure or Rent-A-Bike Kiosk, both conveniently located at Carpark C of the park.

If you need a break from cycling, the park is also packed with activities like water sports, inline skating and pony rides. Otherwise, you can opt to travel on to neighbouring towns like Tampines (a cycling town), Bedok or even East Coast Park – locations that are all part of the Eastern Coastal Park Connector Network.

North Eastern Riverine Loop

Cycling routes alongside a waterway
One of the Instagrammable spots along the loop. Photo source:Facebook / NParks

Punggol Waterway Park may be a familiar sight to many folks but are you aware that it sits on the North Eastern Riverine Loop? For those who would like to work their calves a little more, this 26km loop might just be your cup of tea.

Starting from the Serangoon Park Connector in Punggol Park, peddle forth to the Punggol Promenade Riverside Walk where you can catch a glimpse of sea otters near the river banks or show off your #ootd at Instagrammable spots like the Lorong Halus Bridge or Sunrise Bridge.

Sea otters near the river banks
Otters at Lorong Halus. Photo source:Facebook / Fong Chee Wai

Bicycle rental services such as GoCycling or Bikes @ Waterway are also located nearby for convenient rental if required.

If you’re feeling peckish, make a detour to @Punggol at Tebing Lane to chow down on cafe grub at Whisk & Paddle or Ah Dong Teh House, or refuel with a hearty meal at Uncle Leong Seafood before completing the loop.

Salmon fillet with pea mash
Salmon fillet with pea mash. Photo source:Instagram / @whiskandpaddlesg

With its stretches of coastline, canals and wetlands that lead you past gleaming reservoirs and waterways before bringing you to the open waters of Sungei Dekar and the Johor Straits, this is indisputably one of Singapore’s most scenic park connectors.

Jurong Lake District

A busy cafe with lot of customers dining within
Photo source:Facebook / Time Table Cafe

This time, we’re taking you right into the heartlands of the West. Recently completed in July, the 15km cycling network improves connectivity across the Jurong Lake district and offers cyclists a chance to discover some hidden gems.

For instance, Time Table Café, a nondescript cafe nestled away in the corner of a void deck, offers yummy and Instagrammable desserts like rainbow cake and ondeh-ondeh cake alongside its signature dishes- mushroom aglio olio and vongole.

A plate of rainbow cake
Rainbow cake at Time Table Cafe. Photo source:Facebook / Time Table Cafe

Taman Jurong Market and Food Centre is also an option to ride down to if you’re one who prefers hawker fare. While you might need to jostle with the office lunch crowd and queue (our favourite pastime), good things are worth the wait. Can’t make up your mind with so many choices? Then check out Jing Fa Fishball Noodle or Tai Seng Fish Soup. And if you feel like having something not usually found in food centres, try ButterNut for their Asian-Western fusion food.

A portion of freshly made garden salad
The Garden Catch salad – baked salmon, quinoa, sautéed mushroom, cherry tomatoes, roasted rosemary butternut with roasted sesame and wasabi honey soy dressing.
Photo source:Facebook / ButterNut

It’s a common joke – popular among those not living in Jurong – that you’ll need a passport to travel to Jurong Lake District. But all you’ll need, really, is an open mind and adventurous soul. In fact, you’ll even notice construction work going on in the area and that’s because it’s part of the Urban Redevelopment Authority’s ongoing development plans for this district.

So, before you crack the same tired passport jokes, watch out because this uncut diamond is well on its way to becoming a jewel of the West.

Offering different benefits to cyclists (from an oasis of calm to a scenic ride to a food trail), these routes and cycling networks might just breathe new life into your tired cycling routine as a newbie. Just remember to wear the proper gear, mind your code of conduct, and you’ll be ready to take them on.

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