As Phase 2 starts, more places start to open. While it is important to practice moderation, it is exciting news. Hence, try cycling in Singapore! With a bike, you can exercise outdoors while practising social distancing. In fact, it’s a great time to be a cyclist in Singapore now. There are a lot of things to look forward to in the near future. For instance, cycling path development will speed up. It is even said that all HDB towns will have cycling paths by 2023, two years ahead of schedule. Moreover, new places to cycle in are opening up as they introduce more nature ways.
What is a Nature Way?
A nature way is also known as a green corridor. You may have even passed by a few before. There are currently 34 across Singapore, stretching 130km in total. Nature ways mimic the natural structure of rainforests. They also allow vegetation to grow naturally there. These paths add a different twist to cycling in Singapore.
They aren’t like regular paths with a lot of trees. These paths will introduce native trees and shrubs over time. However, it does not only provide animals with food and shelter. It serves and natural protection and support for the slopes.
The places where these nature ways are built are carefully selected and built away from residential areas. Hence, you do not need to worry about lalang catching fire near your house.
You can see the nature ways they planned to build here.
Orchard Road as a Green Corridor
Yes, That shopping district! They are planning to revitalize the place by “Bringing Back the Orchard”. The 6km-long walkway will join the Botanic Gardens to the Istana to Fort Canning, ending in the Singapore River sub-precinct.
The path plans to be a lifestyle destination for everyone. The Tanglin area for the arts, Fort Canning for History, Singapore River to Unwind, Orchard for shopping, Somerset for Youths and Dhoby Ghaut for the Family.
They are looking into giving each node its own palette to create visual impact and strengthen each precinct’s identity, evoking a sense of journey. They plan to do this by planting different plants in each node.
New Links to Garden
Stretching 11km, it will be a continuous path between Jurong Lake Gardens, the Singapore Botanic Gardens and Gardens by the Bay.
These new developments will allow Singaporeans to explore the island in different ways, said Lawrence Wong. You can enjoy the rich heritage and biodiversity of the Rail Corridor, and then branch off to explore other recreational connections. By planting Nerman and rain trees, they strive to create a “riverine rainforest experience.” These trees will also act as shade.
The First stretch is called the Bukit Timah Railway Station Node. It will connect to existing overhead bridges as well as the Rail Corridor near the Bukit Timah Railway Station node. They will also repair the station. Basic amenities like toilets and bicycle racks. There are also plans for an Orchard and Heritage gallery.
The Rail Corridor is expected to be fully accessible by 2021, when trail improvement works are completed.
Buy a foldable Bike
However, you cannot cycle in the National Gardens. In that case, consider getting a foldable bike! With a foldable bike, you can fold and roll it into the National Gardens. It’s also easy to bring it into public transport.
For the bold and adventurous, the Birdy GT is for you! It can handle light off-road and light trail riding. With 10 speeds, you can climb slopes with ease!
However, if you want to go fast, the Birdy R20 is a great choice. Shifting through gears feel smooth as silk, even at higher speeds. The bike comes with 20-inch tires, which sets it apart from the other models
For leisure rides, the CarryMe is a great choice! Even as a single-speed bike with 8-inch wheels, it is a great bike. However, it is very compact. When folded, it can go places where most bicycles can’t. Roll it into malls, shopping centres and more!
Our online store is open for business. MightyVelo is the official distributor for Pacific Cycles in Southeast Asia. We will help you get started cycling in Singapore. Our Mechanics have been trained directly at Pacific Cycles HQ in Taiwan and can do proper maintenance and repair work on our bicycles. Every bicycle comes with a 2-year warranty on frame and 1-year warranty on parts.