Weekends are the best to bond and spend quality time with your children. Take a breather, away from the bustling city of Singapore, and explore lesser-known places with your children on two-wheelers. Many of the parks and trails in Singapore are densely populated and crowded, which might be challenging for your children who are still not confident and comfortable in cycling. Unbeknownst to many, park connectors are the best locations to enjoy some biking time as a family without the fear of slowing other cyclists down or getting into an accident. The designated cycling paths are wide and smooth, and you can often discover hidden places through these park connectors. Without further ado, let us take you for a spin on the top 5 scenic and fun park connectors you can bring your children to!
- Springleaf Park Connector
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Stretching from Upper Thomson Road to Lentor Avenue, this 1.2km route is a nice path for a short cycle which connects to Springleaf Nature Park. Cycle and explore the heritage of the park, which was once occupied by a village known as Chan Chu Kang.
Stop at designated bird-watching locations to catch a glimpse of the bird life in the area. If your little ones are hungry, there are plenty of nearby food options including Springleaf Prata, Hans Union (Springleaf Garden), and many more.
- Ulu Sembawang Park Connector
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This park connector cuts through the Ulu Sembawang nature reserve to link the Woodlands (SLE) Park Connector to the Mandai Park Connector, which gives you more options to choose and explore. You can bring your children to the nearby Upper and Lower Seletar Reservoir Parks to enjoy the scenic views and lush greenery.
NOTE: There are no lights on the park connector due to its proximity to the natural reserve, it is not advisable to come here at evening/night.
- Ulu Pandan Park Connector
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Starting from Buona Bista to Pandan Reservoir, Ulu Pandan Park Connector stretches to a whopping 7.1km path shared by both joggers and cyclists. It runs along the canal before ending at Ayer-Rajah Expressway, which is a great cycling route for children to both enjoy the cycling and nature watching.
There is a vast variety of species who have made the canal their home, birds like herons and kingfishers, monitor lizards and otters (if you are lucky!). Look out for the Railway Bridge above the park connector and take in the history of the previous cast iron railway structure which was constructed sometime in the 19th century as part of the transportation infrastructure by the British Colonial.
- Coastal Park Connector
(Image from National Parks Board)
This Coastal Park Connector is shaded by many trees and lush greenery all around, but it is one of the longest routes to cycle on. This 15km park connector starts from Changi Beach Park Car Park 7 and ends at East Coast Park. Enjoy the cool sea breeze while enjoying the picturesque landscape around you.
There are nearby food options should you stop halfway and decide to turn back. There is the Changi Hawker Centre and other coffee shops at Changi Village and a beachside bistro and convenience store at Changi Beach.
- Simpang Kiri Park Connector
(Image from National Parks)
Explore the 3km route of Simpang Kiri Park connector which starts at Yishun Avenue 2 and runs along Sembawang Road. It passes Sungei Simpang Kiri, a long canal surrounded by lush greenery and the home to many marine life and birds. Spot horseshoe crabs and water birds such as elegant white egrets and vibrant-coloured kingfishers with your children while cycling along the beautiful stretch to a hidden gem – Eagle’s Point. End off your cycling trip with a gorgeous sunset and dinner with your family.
At Cycling School SG, we have 8 years of experience in professional cycling coaching in Singapore. We have structured and effective cycling programmes that will enable you to take part in the joys of cycling at any age. Book your child’s cycling lesson in a safe, private environment with us today.
While on these park connectors, remember to observe the usual rules of cycling. Keep left just as you would on a regular foot path, especially when you have children with you. Remember to wear safety gear such as your helmet and proper footwear. Do look out for your children and passers-by at crossing intersections at the park connectors. Have fun!