Start at Punggol Jetty
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 can discover the hidden beaches and mangrove swamps of the island.
Start at Mandai
Located in the Northern region of Singapore, Mandai is home to Singapore Zoo, Night Safari and River Safari – with future plans to make it an 'integrated nature and wildlife destination’ (read more about the future wildlife plans here). But mountain bikers know that it's home to one of the most well-loved track – the Track 15 (also known as T15) is regarded as one of the easiest trails in Singapore with easy climbs and slopes. Great for beginners looking to pick up mountain biking.
Start at Waterway Point
Located in a quiet, tranquil area in the northeasterrn part of Singapore, this park offers four unique themes with something in store for visitors of all ages. The Nature Cove features a picturesque view of the Waterway, with a relaxing lawn area for families to spend lazy Sundays. At the Recreation Zone, little ones can let loose with activities like water play and sand play, while the rest of the family gets a workout at the fitness corner. The Heritage Zone offers gorgeous greenery along the stretch of the old Punggol Road, where families can take a walk down memory lane, and the Green Gallery consists of a peaceful trail along the park's natural terrain. If you want to get active with your family, go for the cycling or inline skating activities, or admire the views from the Rope Bridge and Kelong Bridge.
Start at Woodlands Waterfront Park
A coastal park offering a northern view of the sea, Woodlands Waterfront Park is linked to Admiralty Park via the Northern Explorer Loop (which is a whooping 25km long, if you're up for an adventure). Besides jogging and cycling tracks, this 11-hectare park houses a playground and a 1.5km-long waterfront promenade. The park is fitted with family-friendly jogging and cycling tracks where you can enjoy a panoramic view of the entire coastal park.
Start at East Coast Park
East Coast Park stretches along the east coast of Singapore from Changi Airport (great for plane watching the A380), past the numerous restaurants at East Coast Seafood Centre to Fort Road. There are dedicated cycle and walking paths, bicycle and rollerblade hire stalls, a skate park, and barbecue and camping areas. Read our comprehensive cycling guide to cycling in East Coast.
Start at Bukit Batok Nature Park
The serene Bukit Batok Nature Park was developed on an abandoned quarry in 1988. There are lookout points that afford stunning views of the quarry, along with footpaths to cycle on (there's also a moderately easy hiking trail through the foliage). For a bit of history, head to the WWII memorial, which commemorates the location of one of the fiercest battles that took place in Singapore. The Western Adventure Loop connects eight parks in the West – you can cycle through Dairy Farm Nature Park, Jurong Lake Park and more.
Start at Pulau Ubin
A quick boat ride away, this offshore island is quiet and, apart from the odd minibus, free of traffic, allowing riders to explore at their own leisure.
Get off the boat, take a left turn and negotiate your way through the bike hire shops and restaurants in the main village and head to the international-standard Ketam Mountain Bike Park, where 10km of mountain-bike trails offer an off-road adventure for riders of all levels, from an easy white circle run to an advanced double-black diamond. The reward is a fast, albeit bumpy, descent back to sea level. Else, you can just bike around the island – it's a great way to connect to nature too.
Rental hire fees start at $2 per hour (negotiation is often required) for a basic bike, with higher prices for mountain bikes for those wanting to try their luck on the trails.
For other things to do, check out our guide to Pulau Ubin.
Start at Bukit Timah Nature Reserve
This 1.64sq km (0.63sq mile) nature reserve is renowned for having one of the richest and most diverse ecosystems in the world. Besides hundreds of animal and insect species, it also contains more tree species than the whole of North America. There are four walking trails if hiking is your thing but mountain bikers will love the Bukit Timah MTB Trail. Taking on the 6.5km loop requires some experience as the rugged route goes through extended climbs and arguably difficult descents – hence making it popular among the more seasoned riders, especially on weekend mornings.
Start at Kent Ridge Park
It’s a bit out of the way, but the decommissioned tank and two M114 artillery guns here are the best – and ironically safest – things for kids to play around and learn a bit of history. One of the last battles for Singapore occurred in this area. History buffs, you'll want to check out the Reflections Bukit Chandu museum, located at one end of the Canopy Walk for some interesting nuggets about World War II. Biking enthusiasts, make for the Kent Ridge MTB Trail where there's a short (2km) but technical single-track mountain biking trail that's relatively quiet on most days.
Start at Chestnut Nature Park
Split into North and South regions, Chestnut Nature Park covers 81 hectares, making it Singapore’s largest nature park. The park has separate mountain biking and hiking trails that are clearly marked out, too. The former has winding slopes and a pump track where bikers can practise their stunts, while the latter, especially along the 2.1km Southern Loop, takes you through varying terrains and steps.