10 best kid-friendly cycling routes and bike trails in Singapore for kids of all ages. Start planning that family cycling trip!
We love exploring Singapore’s parks and quiet paths on bicycles and, with the large interlinking network of park connectors, it’s hard to run out of places to cycle in Singapore. Not all of the cycling routes in Singapore are suitable for kids though, so it’s good to narrow down to some family-friendly options. Both of my kids (ages 5 years old and 8 years old) are good cyclists, but we would mostly only take cycling routes along park connectors to avoid any need for going on the main roads. Cycling on footpaths is allowed here in Singapore by the way (just give way to pedestrians and keep to under 10km/hr)! You can check on where you aren’t allowed to cycle here.
Best kid-friendly cycling routes in Singapore
Here are our favourite cycling routes and bike trails (in no particular order) to explore with kids in tow!
1. Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park: Best Cycling Route in Nature
One of our favourite spots for some weekend cycling is Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park. This lush green park is one of the largest urban parks in central Singapore (62 hectares) and has a wonderful mix of nature, smooth, flat cycling paths and fun stops and playgrounds along the way. Cycle alongside the river that’s 3km long and see if you can spot any herons or kingfishers. Plan your route with this free downloadable map of Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park by NParks. While you’re in Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park, allow some time for the kids to check out the Water Playground with sluice gates to control the flow of water, the Adventure Playground with slides and a sandpit, and the Inclusive Playground. Grab a coffee or brunch at one of the cafés within the park and you’re all set!
2. Alexandra Park Connector: Canal-side Cycling Route & Coffee
The Alexandra Canal Linear Park makes for a very family-friendly, leisurely bicycle ride thanks to the peaceful, flat canal-side cycling paths. It’s the perfect starter path for little ones on small bikes (just be aware of the joggers and pedestrians). You can join the cycling route at a few different places but be warned some of the initial stages of the route require cycling on a main road*. We like to get on the park connector just after Margaret Drive or off from Tanglin Road where you can get straight onto cycling routes that run the full stretch of the canal all the way to Robertson Quay. Look out for the common sight of otters here! For most young families, ending in Robertson Quay (where you can enjoy a coffee and a snack) is a good enough cycle, saving just enough energy for the return! Older ones with more stamina can continue on the cycling route to Clarke Quay and eventually end up at Marina Bay Sands.
3. West Coast Park: Best off the Radar Kids Cycling Route
West Coast Park is not on everyone’s radar (unlike the more popular East Coast Park) and that’s one of the many reasons we love cycling here. The kids love the playgrounds but the park makes great cycling territory too. Cycling routes here are all flat, easy to navigate and really quiet especially on a weekday. In fact, we taught both kids to cycle here! One cycling route goes around the playing fields of West Cost Park and on to the seafront where you can enjoy the sea breeze and take in the boats. There are also more extensive cycling routes in the western side of West Coast Park. If you don’t have your own wheels, you can rent bikes here as well as go-karts or four-person bikes!
4. East Coast Park: Easy Cycling Route & Seaside Dining
East Coast Park is a very popular spot for cycling and for good reason. The paths run along the coastline for lovely seaside views but they can get pretty busy on the weekend. If you are setting off with wobbly little riders, come early in the day. It’s a popular track for skaters and runners too so get the kids to remember the safety rules of always cycling on the left hand side. From East Coast Park, you can cycle as far as Bedok Reservoir. After your bike ride, reward yourself with a refreshing coconut juice from East Coast Lagoon (or a cold beer – hey you earned it!). While the kids can play on the beach before enjoying a meal at one of the nearby restaurants. While you’re there, if you fancy doing some stunts or navigating an obstacle course, check out the free 5.4-hectare East Coast Cyclist Park. Bike rental is available at various kiosks.
5. Bedok Reservoir Park: Mixed Terrain Cycling Route
Bedok Reservoir has a dedicated cycling track that goes around the reservoir. The path is a mix of pavement and pebbly path which keeps it interesting but it may make things tough for those little bikes with stabilisers. One lap around the reservoir is 4.3k so it’s a fun way to measure how far your little cyclists can go.
6. Punggol Waterway Park: Easy Cycling Route
The Punggol Park Connector is a lovely easy stretch of cycle path that families with younger kids will appreciate. The cycle route around the Punggol promenade is relatively short compared to other bike ride options in Singapore as it only spans 4.2km but it’s a really leisurely ride with great views of nature and the manmade waterway. After you are done with your cycle ride take the kids over to play at the water playground and sand play or grab a bite to eat at the many restaurants around Punggol Promenade.
7. Coney Island: Rustic Island Cycling Route
Before or after a trip to Punggol, you can take on a trip to Coney island if you are adventurous. Cycling routes on Coney Island can be pebbly and gravely in places so if your bikes can handle it, this is a fun one. The nature park boasts 80 species of birds, and an abandoned villa plus lots of little sandy coves to sit at (bring mozzie spray) and cool your feet off.
Tip: Nearest bicycle rental here is at nearby Punggol Point Park.
8. Ulu Pandan: Canal side Cycling Route for Kids
The Ulu Pandan Park Connector runs from Buona Vista to Pandan Reservoir and Jurong East through the Ghim Moh estates, Dover MRT station and the Holland Grove estates. Part of the Western Adventure Loop, the Ulu Pandan Park Connector runs along the canal before ending at Ayer-Rajah Expressway. The cycling routes here are lovely and flat with plenty of space for joggers and cyclists. Along the canal you’ll spot lots of birds like herons, kingfishers and grey-headed fish eagles, plus monitor lizards and if you’re lucky, otters! Look out for the now-defunct cast iron railway track and bridge across Sungei Ulu Pandan that was part of the old Jurong line. This route is really a winner for young tots on balance bikes and older kids alike.
9. Green Corridor: Best Cycling Route for Jungle Vibes
Looking to explore a different side of Singapore? The Green Corridor is a stunning stretch of lush jungly greenery that runs through the whole island of Singapore along the north-south axis, from Woodlands in the north to Tanjong Pagar in the south. The route follows the path of the old railway line which has since been converted into a trail open to walkers and cyclists. Google Maps can help you plan your route, but do watch out for closures along parts of the corridor where you may need to lift bikes from the path up and down steps, and cross the road, when the PCN path is interrupted. We love the very short cycle route on gravely paths along the Green Corridor that starts at Bukit Timah Rd (goes past the old train station remains) and ends up at GreenLeaf View – the greenery is just stunning!
10. Pulau Ubin: Best Cycling Route for Rustic Island Adventure
Take a public boat over to rustic, sleepy island Pulau Ubin (deets here) and you will feel like you are on holiday away from the hustle and bustle of Singapore. You can actually bring your own bikes over on the boat (surcharges may apply) or rent cycles at bike shops on Pulau Ubin. There are cycling routes that are kid-friendly and flat but others are steep. Beware the Ketam Trail which is Singapore’s first purpose-built mountain biking trail. The island is well sign-posted, marking out trails for beginner and advanced cyclists. Bring a picnic and make a day of it or you can grab a casual Asian lunch with cold beer at one of the seafood spots in Pulau Village.
Other Cycling Routes to check out:
– Changi Coastal Road: Cycle along the canal on the Changi Coastal Road Park Connector bike path for a wide well-surfaced cycle routes that runs parallel to Changi Airport. We hear this route was good (pre-covid) for plane spotting!
– Eastern Coastal Loop: A 17.5km cycle route of flat paths with great views of Gardens by the Bay and other iconic sights. The route connects Pasir Ris Park to East Coast Park with Tanjong Rhu Promenade on one end and Singapore Sports Hub on the other.
– Kranji: Kranji countryside doesn’t have dedicated cycle paths so this route is only for families with older teens who are road safe. The main route takes you past the World War II Battle of Kranji site and various agriculture and animal farms.
– Sentosa: There are different cycle options on Sentosa with varying difficulty levels. For a relaxed family cycle stick to the easier routes along the coastline. One cycling route starts at the Sentosa Boardwalk beside VivoCity left of the pedestrian boardwalk and from here you can cycle all the way to the beach!
If your family enjoys cycling around Singapore and you know of some kid-friendly cycling routes that I’ve missed, do write in to tell us!
Psssst! If your kid has outgrown their bike or is just starting out in the cycling world – head over to our guide on the best bicycle shops in Singapore.
NB: *Park Connectors do occasionally go under construction so always check the NParks website for notices before you plan your trip.
Lead image sourced via Pexels, Robertson Quay image by Blub Photography, Coney Island image by NParks,