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Because of Covid-19, I begin to cycle a lot more so I hope to introduce 6 of my favourite and best cycling routes around Singapore which are relatively easy and suitable for families with children. You can even skate or rollerblade there.

These are some of my criteria for choose these family-friendly cycling routes:

  • Relatively flat terrain
  • No and minimal road cycling
  • No pushing of bicycles up and down the overhead bridges without ramps.
  • facilities like toilets along the way
  • beautiful, interesting or educational sights along the way

Difficulty for children: 🚴‍♀️ – Easy, 🚴‍♀️ 🚴‍♀️ – Moderate, 🚴‍♀️ 🚴‍♀️ 🚴‍♀️ – Challenging (By this standard, it is still doable for kids; if not I won’t recommend on this blog. But if this is your first time doing this or if you are with very young kids, please try to easy first.)

Estimated Time to Complete: This is just an estimation without breaks. We know that you may need more time for water and toilet breaks.

Hope these family-friendly cycling routes will be useful for families looking for things to do in Singapore.

1. Along Singapore River.

Difficulty for children: 🚴‍♀️

Estimated Time to Complete: 20min

The authorities have been upgrading the cycling path along Singapore River and part of it is completed! The family-friendly cycling route is scenic but can be crowded with families on a weekend.

Highlights of Singapore River Cycling Route:

  • Admire at almost all the 14 different bridges along Singapore river as you cycle.
  • Amazing shophouses and pre-war buildings along the way.
  • Amazing mural on the underpasses as you cycle.
  • A chance to catch otters swimming.

Recommended Route: Start from opposite Warehouse Hotel – Robinson Quay – Clarke Quay – opposite Boat Quay – Esplanade Park – Esplanade Singapore Flyer.

Bicycle Rentals along the way: Singapore Flyer, Esplanade and Hill Street Centre

2. Alexandra Canal Linear Park

Difficulty for children: 🚴‍♀️ 🚴‍♀️

Estimated Time to Complete: 45min

You do need to cross a few roads along the way but these are relatively small roads except for Tanglin Road and River Valley Road, which has proper pedestrian crossings.

Highlights of Alexandra Canal Linear Park Route:

  • Admire the view of the city by going up to the roof garden at HDB Skyville@Dawson.
  • Avid skaters can also look forward to challenging themselves at the skate corner, which includes ramps and railings. (Near the Queenstown MRT / Margaret Drive because if you remember, there used to be skating shops at Margaret Drive.)
  • Pit stops at amazing playgrounds like the Alice in Wonderland, Rope Playground (Blk 83 Strathmore Ave) and the Train Playground (Tiong Bahru Park, further away from the PCN)
  • Beautiful flora landscapes especially at the parts near Tanglin Road

Recommended Route: Start from Zion Road Hawker Centre (PCN along the river in the direction away from City) -> Alexander Canal -> Alexander Canal Linear Park (All the way along the river)

Bicycle Rentals Along the Way: NIL.

3. ABC Waters@Kallang River Route

Difficulty for children: 🚴‍♀️ 🚴‍♀️ 🚴‍♀️

Estimated Time to Complete: 90min

Cycle along Singapore’s longest river to see the wonderful flora and fauna along the way. There are parts in which you may need to cycle up a slope. There are also a few overhead bridges, with ramps.

Families with young kids may want to take it easy by doing half of it.

Highlights of ABC Waters@Kallang River Route:

  • Kolam Ayer ABC Waterfront in which you can play with a waterwheel, fish and more!
  • See a beautifully painted bridge near Bendemeer.
  • A few unique playgrounds at Bishan Park.
  • Beautiful flora landscapes especially near SMRT Bishan Depot

Recommended Route: Kallang MRT -> Kallang PCN -> ABC Waters@Kallang River (Potong Pasir ) -> Potong Pasir PCN (So you can skip the part of pushing your bike up the overhead bridge. You will past by Poiz and the PCN is marked until you re-join the river again.) -> ABC Waters@Kallang River (Bishan Road) -> Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park

Bicycle Rentals Along the Way: NIL. (Teck Ghee CC near Bishan-AMK Park is slightly away from the route but bicycle rental is available.)

4. Marina Bay Loop

Difficulty for children: 🚴‍♀️

Estimated Time to Complete: 30min

I love this part for it’s city landscape. It is such a beautiful view around the city and you take so much instagrammable photos.

Highlights of Marina Bay Loop:

  • Take amazing photos of skyline of Singapore city. (Evening and Night time recommended)
  • Lots of rest stops and pitstops you can make for aircon, food and toilets.
  • See Singapore’s icons like MBS, Merlion and Esplanade.

Recommended Route: Raffles Place -> Fullerton One -> Marina Promenade -> Marina Bay Sands -> Helix Bridge (look out for the yellow part near the staircase to push your bike up the Helix Bridge from MBS. Go via the back of MBS Shoppes to avoid pushing your bike up the stairs.) -> The Float@Marina Bay -> Esplanade -> Esplanade Park -> Raffles Place.

Bicycle Rentals Along the Way: Esplanade.

5. East Coast Plan (East Coast – Airport Route)

Difficulty for children: 🚴‍♀️ 🚴‍♀️ 🚴‍♀️

Estimated Time to Complete: 120min

You cycle along the beach most of the way. It is about 10km from East Coast to Changi. Rental of bikes can be done at GoCycling @East Coast and you can return to the same company at Changi Airport T2 so you do not need to backtrack to return your bicycles.

Highlights of East Coast Park – Changi Airport Route:

  • Beautiful coastline of East Coat Park
  • Adequate toilet stops and restaurants along way.
  • If your children likes dinosaurs, you will love Jurassic Mile!

Recommended Route: East Coast Park -> Coastal Park Connector – Jurassic Mile – Changi Airport

Bicycle Rentals Along the Way: East Coast Park, Changi Airport

6. Southern Bay Loop

Difficulty for children: 🚴‍♀️🚴‍♀️

Estimated Time to Complete: 120min

This is an extension of Marina Bay Loop and probably my favourite. It passes by Gardens by The Bay, MBS and a lot of the iconic places in Singapore as well as the fully reclaimed housing area of Tanjong Rhu.

Highlights of Southern Bay Loop:

  • Lots of playgrounds and Children’s Garden at Gardens by the Bay.
  • Kallang Wave Mall is right in the middle of the route so it is a great rest stop for a meal in between.
  • Lovely views along the way.

Recommended Route: Marina Bay Sands -> Gardens by The Bay -> Marina Barrage -> Gardens by the Bay East -> Tanjong Rhu (if you turn right, it will be East Coast Park) -> National Stadium (Sports Hub) -> Cross the bridge at Kallang River back to Kallang River Park -> F1 Pit -> Singapore Flyer -> MBS

Bicycle Rentals Along the Way: Singapore Flyer, National Stadium

If you notice, a number of routes do link to each other so if you are game, you can plan and go from 1 route to another easily!

In case there are no bicycle rental shops at the route you want to take, you can try the bike sharing apps to look for a bicycle near by or try a Brompton Bicycle Cycling tour