First Time Cycling in Singapore: Orchard to Marina Bay

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.

Rafif unpacked his bike, and happy to find his apartment was just 5 mins cycling from hotel!

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.

Using pedestrians in Orchard Road

Why 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.

Great pic taken by Rafif of menat Anderson Bridge. You wont get this photo if you’re travelling by car or MRT ☺️
In Marina Bay, next to F1 grand stand

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!

Take pedestrians! It’s safer!
Our ride today

17 Comments Add yours

  1. says:

    great post – I’ve been thinking about geting a Brompton and now your post is inspiring me!

    1. ibenimages says:

      Hi there. Yes, get one! I find cycling in Singapore is very satisfying. You have great roads here, including wide pedestrians – which always have rampway back to the main roads. Thanks for the comments

  2. Prior... says:

    wonderful bike time – and I love Anderson Bridge shot the most – but all good – the lights – the bikes – and the smiles

    1. ibenimages says:

      Hi thanks for the appreciation. Yeah the Anderson Bridge was my fave too!

  3. Djayanto Suseno says:

    Great happy father and son. Quite inspiring. Family bonding with fun, plus the exercise

    1. ibenimages says:

      Thank you Oom Djay. Indeed, lovely time before he is fully independent ☺️👍

  4. Joanita Rorimpandey says:

    The great part is, who are you ridding with . Cool Father n Son goes cycling 🙂

    1. ibenimages says:

      That’s actually very true. We had fun… thanks yaa Joanita

  5. Brizki Pamuji says:

    All the best for Rafif! On a side note, how do you go about carrying your brompton on the plane? What about customs?

    1. ibenimages says:

      Just checked it in onto luggage. I didnt buy it here so no issues with custom ☺️

    2. ibenimages says:

      Oh and thanks Brizki!

      1. Brizki Pamuji says:

        Yes pak, may I know the brand of the luggage for Brompton?

      2. ibenimages says:

        Aah see.. I bought President bank over Tokopedia. Just IDR 2m, and works like a charm! 👍

  6. gilian says:

    Great post. I love the photos. 🙂 I’ve been to singapore twice, it would have been a great idea to rent a bike. 🙂 I miss Singapore! 😁

    1. ibenimages says:

      It is really nice to cycling here. The paved roads are excellent including the pedestrians!

  7. Unny says:

    Your posts are very fun to read. I’m waiting for your next story about your trip in Singapore

    1. ibenimages says:

      Thank you Unny! Cheers!

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