Here's a scenario all too common for avid cyclists in Singapore. It's 7am on a Sunday morning. You're looking up directions to get to East Coast Park on your Rockrider bike, unable to find the best cycling path without having to get on roads, dodging pedestrians on busy pavements and other obstacles.
Here's good news: life is just about to get a lot easier. Google Singapore has just launched cycling directions on Google Maps – so you can easily look up the best route to get to your destination. This marks the first country in Southeast Asia to enjoy the feature, available on both desktop and mobile for both Android and IOS. This follows the global trend of cycling becoming a more popular activity, evident in the 98 per cent increase in the use of biking directions on Google Maps in cities around the world.
The new cycling navigation feature in Singapore spans 6,800km of cycling trails and bike directions. There are also cycling lane data and cycling restrictions provided by the Land Transport Authority (LTA) and the National Parks Board (NParks). New to cycling altogether? Check out the step-by-step cycling directions, routes via an island-wide network of green corridors and recommended bicycle-friendly roads. You can also combine a cycle journey alongside the existing waking, driving and public transport options on Google Maps.
Other functions include exploring different cycling routes, tracking trip progresses with turn-by-turn navigation, receiving ETA updates in real-time, and finding out the elevation of the route to stay focused on the road.
So put your best cycling shorts on, get on the saddle, pull up Google Maps and explore Singapore on a bike.