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East Coast Park
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The best kid-friendly cycling trails in Singapore for families

Breeze through the city with your little cyclists via these scenic, family-approved trails

By Cam Khalid
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There’s nothing quite like exploring the city on a two-wheeler with the whole family. From seaside rides to woodland adventures, you can cycle through different parks, spot wildlife, and soak up the great outdoors in the fresh air. Not only is it good fun, but it’s also a great way to keep active with the little ones while they’re off school. With the various park connectors around the island, you can never run out of cycling trails. However, finding the best family-friendly ones for your child can be quite tricky, so we’re here to narrow down the best kid-friendly cycling trails for some family biking time.

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East Coast Cyclist Park
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East Coast Park

Attractions Beaches Marine Parade

For an easy cycling route

Popular with literally everyone, East Coast Park’s 15-kilometre stretch is perfect for cycling with a seaside view. However, the track is slightly more busy on the weekends as it’s shared with skaters and runners. If you’ve got wobbly little riders in tow, you’d want to head down early in the morning. 

Alternatively, you can check out the East Coast Cyclist Park, which also serves as a one-stop hub for cyclists along the Round-Island-Route (RIR). Junior riders can practice their techniques at the 270-metre-long Learner Circuit, which includes gentle slopes, flat areas. Older kids can improve their riding stability and stamina over at the BMX trail. No bicycle? No problem. There are also several rental options available such as GoCycling.

Changi Airport Connector, Changi Jurassic Mile
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Changi Airport Connector

Things to do Changi 

For a cycling route with dinosaurs

The new-ish 3.5-kilometre Changi Airport Connector allows you to cycle to Jewel Changi Airport and the terminals from East Coast Park – or any of the Park Connector Network (PCN) – and vice versa. It’s also home to the city’s largest permanent outdoor display of life-sized dinosaurs Changi Jurassic Mile, as well as pit stop facility Hub & Spoke where you can rent bicycles from GoCycling, cool off with a pay-per-use shower after a sweaty session, and grab a bite at Hub & Spoke Café.

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Woodlands Waterfront Park
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Woodlands Waterfront Park

Attractions Woodlands

For a seaside cycling route

Another coastal park for a view of the sea, the 11-hectare Woodlands Waterfront Park is home to 1.5-kilometre-long waterfront promenade, dedicated jogging and cycling tracks, and even a playground should the kids need a break from the wheels. For a seafood refuel, head to Rasa Istimewa Waterfront Restaurant, which is great for family meals, and if you stick around till sunset, you can see the city lights of Johor across the strait. But if you prefer continuing on your two-wheeler with the little ones, cycle over to Admiralty Park via the Northern Explorer Loop and treat them to some playtime at the slide-packed playground.

Punggol Waterway Park
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Punggol Waterway Park

Things to do Punggol

For a short cycling route

Great for those with younger kiddos, the 4.2-kilometre cycling route around the Punggol promenade is shorter than most kid-friendly cycling routes on the island. Despite the short stretch, it treats you to stunning views of nature and the man-made waterway. Pedal up to Kelong Bridge or Rope Bridge (remember to dismount here), and soak up the panoramic views of the park from above. There’s also a water playground nearby for a cool down, as well as a relaxing lawn for families to rest for a little bit before taking on the next cycling route.

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West Coast Park
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West Coast Park

Things to do Kent Ridge

For an alternative cycling route 

This family-friendly park sits on 50-hectares of land that includes a camping site, barbecue pits, a dog run, and a huge playground with eight sets of play areas. Its massive space is also ace for cycling. The cycling routes here are flat and easy to navigate – one leads you around the playing fields of the park while the other takes you to the seafront where you can enjoy the sea breeze and take in the boats. The park also has bicycle rental facilities, where you can rent and take the basic two-wheeler, four-person bike, or go-kart for a spin.

coney island
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Coney Island

Things to do Punggol

For a rustic cycling route

One of the quickest ways to explore this rustic island is by cycling. While you can bring your own bike and start cycling from Punggol Jetty, you can easily rent one from the rental shop at The Punggol Settlement just outside the island. Get adventurous and check out the coastal trails where you and your mini cyclists can discover the hidden beaches and mangrove swamps of the island.

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