Today’s highlight was taking our bikes through roads in Singapore. From our hotel near Orchard to Marina Bay area.
After completing medical checks at hospital and short visit the campus, we unpacked our bicycles in our hotel and started the ride.
At first, we were a bit nervous, as we didn’t see many cyclists around Singapore. I think Singaporeans are too comfortable with their excellent public transportations. And there’s basically almost no traffic. So not many reasons for them to ride a bicycle.
But then we got hold on of the route – following the tracks suggested by Bike Map application. And we found out one tip for cycling in Singapore:
“as most as possible, use pedestrians!”
Trust me, I think at least that’s what we saw many locals do as well. Especially with the rise of electric scooters in this city. As long as you don’t ride the big road bike, try to use pedestrians.
First, it’s safer. You won’t be get hit by incoming cars or buses. Chances are, you would be the one who hit the pedestrians. Hence, ride slowly and safely!
Second, it’s really convenient. Most Singapore’s pedestrians are on great conditions. They’re wide and not bumpy. And they always have the rampway leading to the main roads. So whenever you’re stuck, or you want to follow the car’s route suggested by Waze or Google Map, you can always return to main roads.
Lastly, in many times during our experience, it gives you shorter distance! Riding bicycle doesn’t restrict you with road codes and traffic regulations. Well, at least if you ride a smaller bicycle like mine (folding bike). You can take pedestrians to take in one-way road, for example. Or you can shortcut through buildings’ complex. We find it shorter and faster using this method.
There you go, our first experience cycling in Singapore. It was very fun and satisfying.
As many cycling enthusiasts would say, “you’ll see more of the city when you’re on bicycle”. I think that’s right. We can’t wait to explore a lesser known parts of Singapore in the coming few days. Excited!