Green Corridor cycling from Sengkang

Green Corridor cycling is happening. Whether you jog, cycle or walk with pets, the 24km stretch is popular with islanders.

Some of our Green Corridor related posts are here
Walking 17km Bukit Timah to Kranji
Coast to Coast 42km walk
Exploring Queensway and Tanglin Halt’s heritage
-Next. I will try to cycle from Spooner to Kranji Close

You can traverse from Old Tanjong Pagar Railway Station to Rainbow Bridge. Since Tanjong Pagar Railway Station is now under renovation, the end point will be Spooner Road.

General direction would be -> Sengkang/Punggol-Serangoon PCN-Pelton Canal PCN-Kallang/Flyer-Shenton Way/Keppel Rd-Spooner Road carpark (Start point)

Green Corridor cycling route

Cycling Green Corridor extracted GPX (Google Map) is at the end of this post. Map above shows 50 to 60 km loop back to Sengkang (via Queensway, Macritchie, Bishan)

From Sengkang, it will be roughly 20km one way to reach Spooner road. It might take between 2 to 3 hours depending on individual comfort level.

*Checkout my ride on YouTube ( Link)

Second video shows our experience from Spooner Road-Green Corridor-Singapore Quarry (!)-Hill View offroad-Bukit Batok-Jem-Ulu Pandan PCN- Green Corridor. Total 40km (If include Sengkang, will be total 80km).

Video below, Off-road at Hillview (4:03min) is something new for foldies. 2:02 shows the 50m link between Green Corridor to Singapore Quarry. (Cross bridge GPS 1.355018, 103.769587).

This blog post (and video) shows the fastest way (not easiest) for Green Corridor cycling from Sengkang and Punggol.

You may cycle pass Marina Bay and Sportshub too. Once you reach Tanjong Pagar, you can turn East to East Coast Park, cycle straight to Sentosa, or explore West Coast Park.

Serangoon Park Connector towards Breadtalk HQ

Startpoint can be Serangoon PCN along Sengkang (photo above).

Head towards Breadtalk HQ junction, where three PCNS link you to Kallang. Refer Nparks PCN network for Balam Park Connector, Pelton Canal Park Connector and Kallang Park connector.

There will be two overhead bridges to overcome!

Those who do not wish to climb overhead bridges, can cycle from Sengkang to Bishan and follow the PCN from there.

This will add an additional 5 to 8km (one way). Another option would be Sengkang-Lornie-Bukit Timah-Kap mall, but I hate the Bukit Timah bumpy road.

First bridge in your PCN route goes over Aljunied road.

Use the groove to roll up the bridge. Harder for ladies as upper body strength needed.  I find it easier to lift my bike (11kg) up the stairs.

Pelton Canal Park Connector route, just follow the river (drain).

Bridge two across PIE. This bridge is easier than the first one, less steep.

So far the best bike-bridge is still the one at Ulu Pandan, no need to dismount! (Jurong Circular Bridge).

If time permits, you can detour and catch some old “Lorong 3 Geylang” blocks which had been around 60 years and lease just ended.

Otherwise, just follow the river towards Kallang MRT.

Cycling near Kallang Park Connector, follow points 1 to 5 and route behind Kallang MRT. Cycle towards Flyer and Helix bridge direction.

If you follow “A”, you can head towards Sportshub, Tanjong Rhu and Marina Barrage.

Cycle towards F1, Flyer, and MBS.

The river side cycling route is really scenic and offers the best view of our waterfront.

Sit at the Bench (Marina Bay) if you are tired (the other giant bench is at Level 2 Sportshub).

If you prefer another view, try Merlion and Shenton Way route.

But take note Shenton Way will be crowded with pedestrians (weekdays) and pavements can be narrow.

Road cycling is not recommended for newbies as there is too much traffic (and trucks) along Keppel Road.

From MBS, we can actually detour and follow Sheares Ave to ride South of Marina Bay MRT. Reconnect back at Shenton Way, near to Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre.

You get to see some nice city skylines from another angle.

Follow pavement along Keppel Road until you hit junction
(GPS 1.272750, 103.839986 ), which is before Tanjong Pagar Railway Station.

Take the PSA side of the pavement, as the other side is more disconnected.
Cycle towards Spottiswoode Park Rd (pavement) and head towards Block 101, 102.

Folks can park their car at Spooner Road URA carpark and explore Green Corridor too.

Image credit Google Map

Refer Google Map below, “X” marks Spooner Rd URA Carpark.
From Junction 1, cycle towards 2. Push bike along 3 and take staircase (or slope behind bustop “Bef Kampong Bahru Ter“.

Seasoned cyclists can try Neil Rd (exit before bustop), but this stretch is narrow and packed with buses (too many blindspots!)

Point 4 is temporary entry to Green Corridor.
Point 5 is the old KTM “Polis Post”.

From Spooner Road, you can go all the way North to Kranji Close (24km). This was the REAL train route last time.

*Read our old train blog posts here and here

Our Tanjong Pagar Railway Station experience from 2010.

Enjoy Green Corridor cycling from here onwards. Do look out for walkers, joggers and pets.

Green Corridor Old Polis Station

Entrance GPS “1.275297, 103.832482” (opposite Kampong Bahru Bus Terminal)

Green Corridor attractions.

Green Corridor cycling
Green Corridor cycling
Masjid Hang Jebat Mosque
Lost Ark

Old Tanglin Halt block

Do spend some time at Tanglin Halt to capture the colourful blocks.

Rail Corridor heritage

One of the most relaxing moments was people watching along the Rail Corridor.

Not too long ago, KTM trains were chugging behind Tanglin Halt’s backyard! (turn on volume to hear the birds)

For the return trip, I exited near Biopolis and headed towards Queensway, Farrer Park direction. Those adventurous ones can cycle till Bukit Timah or Kranji Close to exit towards Mandai Road  (Much BIGGER loop).

Sugarcane drink to recharge at Empress Market, I seldom pass by this corner.

Photo below is the junction near Adam Food Centre. You can follow Coast2Coast trail back home.

After Kheam Hock Park, climb overhead bridge (again!) over Lornie Road.
(First timers should be aware of the uphill slope and graves, refer YouTube 6:52 min)

It is illegal to cycle in the tunnel. Cars are fast in tunnel, and you risk exiting into PIE expressway!

Overhead bridge over Lornie road

Easy pavement on Lornie PCN. However Marymount and Ang Mo Kio Ave 6 has a lot of road works. Ride safe.

Additional Tips and Detours.

Cycle to Sportshub and Tanjong Rhu

1) Referring to first Google Map. Point “A” from Kallang MRT will lead to Tanjong Rhu and Sportshub.

You can still reach Spooner Road after a detour.

2)Ever wonder night cycling experience at Green Corridor? There is no light and it can be pretty eerie to cycle alone (Look at the main video, from 5:47 min).

It is all dark. Confirm all your senses will be tuned up!

With Buddy Randy, Green corridor can be eerie at night

I am more curious why some walkers and joggers do not bother to shine a light, or like to wear black!

3)Next target. Cycle the whole Green Corridor. I am not worried about darkness or mud, but the weekend crowds are horrible. See the mud on the round-island video clip (from 2:00 minutes onward) from Rainbow Bridge to Kranji forest)

Click on Image below for YouTube video (Green Corridor muddy).

4) No1 tip for Green Corridor cycling.
Expect 5km of slight gradient if you start at Spooner Road. Just go easy.

5) Green Corridor (also called Rail Corridor) is not wide. It can only support 3 to 4 walkers across, cyclists should look out for pets too. Otherwise, enjoy the greenery and fresh air.

6) You may refer to the Google Map (GPX) for direction from Sengkang to Spooner Road. I have another GPX from Bukit Batok, Jurong to Green Corridor here

Enjoy our Sengkang to Green Corridor clip here.

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Meanwhile, read our bike adventures:

-Cycle 70km East, TMCR (link)
-Cycle 80km West,Lim Chu Kang(link) (LCK slopes are tougher than TCMR)
-Cycle to Woodlands and back for 50km (link)
-Cycle 50km to explore 3 Reservoirs and 3 parks
-Completed Round Island 140km!  (Click for GPX routing)
-Cycle 20km to Green Corridor (or Marina Bay and Sportshub)

-Click for Instagram SengkangBabies #skbCyclesSengkangBabies cycling

*Read my previous posts about MTB\RoadBike\Foldie selection, & Foldable bike shortlisting
-Previous OCBC Cycle trips for families
-More details and landmarks about Park Connectors (PCN) at nParks link
-Follow my family’s cycling experience here .

Round Island cycling in Singapore

Round Island cycling done! I have finally covered Singapore on two wheels.

Depending on your route, it can be between 110km (without Tuas) to 160km (Including Tuas and Lamp Post 1). Duration could be between 8 to 12 hours (including breaks), fitter cyclists will complete faster.

If you cycle on the road instead of pavement and PCN, you will shave off more time. Pavement requires one to detour more and watch out for uneven grounds, and other obstacles like bends and bus stops. Road is faster but also more risky.

YouTube link

We took some sightseeing detours to Rainbow Bridge and Kranji Forest just for FUN and mud. Thanks to buddy Randy for leading the way and companionship.

0600 : Set off from Legend Sengkang (is it really Legend now, closed permanently?)

We did our Round Island cycling in Singapore anti-clockwise.
I would say the toughest segments would be Lim Chu Kang (slopes) and Tuas (dust and sun). TMCR (Tanah Merah Coastal road) is relatively easier, although it is 15km.

环岛追追追, our journey took us through the following areas.

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Sengkang-Canberra-Admiralty Rd West-Woodlands Jetty-
Admiralty Rd-Rainbow Bridge-Kranji-Lim Chu Kang-
Jalan Bahar (Boon Lay Way (Jurong Central Park & Boon Lay MRT)-
Safra Jurong-Safti-Joo Koon MRT-Gul Circle-Tuas Crescent-
Tuas West Road-Tuas Link-Pioneer Rd-Jalan Buroh-Pandan Reservoir-West Coast Park-Labrador Nature Reserve-Keppel Road-Marina Barrage- East Coast Park-TMCR-Changi Village*Home
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You may refer to the visual guide from below Youtube clip too. His path does not include Woodlands and Lim Chu Kang, Tuas, but it does show how you can cover most of SG on PCN and pavements.

It is tough and boring to do Round Island solo. We push each other along the way and keep our spirits up with jokes and gossips :p

Bucket list ticked, on to more cycling adventures!
Perhaps cycling from Singapore to Malaysia after borders reopen.

 

Woodlands Jetty sunrise

0720 : Reach Woodlands Jetty in 90 minutes.

Totally empty stretch near Woodlands Custom, vehicles used to jam all the way up to Woodlands Road.

Take note opening hours of Rainbow Bridge is 0500 to 1000, and 1700 to 2200.

[Detour alert] I am adding these alerts so you can choose to focus on the real route and conserve some extra energy 🙂

Rainbow bridge

Both Rainbow Bridge and Kranji Forest are not part of Round Island cycling. We detour to these segments just for fun.

Who knew my foldie would survive the muddy trails. I definitely had a lot of fun navigating through the soft grounds.

From here (Kranji Close), you can cycle 20km along Green Corridor and end at Spooner Road. Trail will be easier (green patch) and the other muddy section would be near “Sungei Kadut and after Hillview MRT”. See the photos from my previous hike (blog post).

MRT viaduct Kranji Forest

Enjoy scenic Kranji Forest and take some photos before we head to countryside “Kranji and Lim Chu Kang”.

My poor Crius Master and new Schwalbe Marathon tyres. Coated with a layer of mud. But I will gladly go through this experience again!

Can Foldies go off road

SG is building more RIR (round Island Route). One day, it will be more fun (and safer) to cycle along Lim Chu Kang and Tuas.

First timers to Kranji and  Lim Chu Kang should attempt weekend, lesser traffic (especially trucks). Personally, I am more worried about packs of cyclists who travel in groups and overtaking closely, more than passing vehicles.

Cycling Kranji Way and Neo Tiew

0850, almost 3 hours to reach old-school bus stop. The stretch ahead (between 8 to 10km) will have no shelter.

Lim Chu Kang bus stop

We turn right at Jurong Central Park junction and headed towards Joo Koon direction.

1000, 4 hours to reach Joo Koon MRT and FairPrice Hub building.

From here, you are about 9km away from Raffles Marina (or the more famous Johor Straits Lighthouse). Just follow MRT stations in map below, Gul Circle, Tuas Crescent, Tuas West Road and Tuas Link.

MRT stations in Tuas
MRT stations in Tuas

Tuas is good for cycling during weekends, when there is lesser traffic and dust. At Tuas West Road MRT, you can cycle an extra miserable 15km (one way) to Lamp Post 1, refer IG post (just follow Tuas South Ave 3).

Cycle to Lamp Post 1

1030, cycled almost 30 minutes from Joo Koon MRT to reach end of MRT line at Tuas Link.

Do take note Raffles Marina (and Light house) entry is blocked during heightend Covid 19 measures (until 13 Jun 2021).

Raffles Marina club

Can you spot Tuas Custom below? We want to go JB massage, shop and eat!

You may read our Cycle-West post for more attractions in the West too. Considering we are at the West point of Singapore, we now have to cycle to the East side!

Although the hardest segment Lim Chu Kang and slopes are over, it is little consolation that we still have 80km to go. 加油!

Stopover at SPC Jalan Buroh for quick refreshment. Seems like this is a popular pit stop for both cyclists and truck drivers.

1200, reached Pandan Reservoir. Supposed to feel relaxed with water body but we felt so WARM! No thanks to Merciless sun.

[Detour alert]

Cycling round island map
Cycling round island map

But Pandan Reservoir view can be scenic. We heard Pandan Reservoir will be infested with midges during certain time period too.

Take note this reservoir is a detour from our RI loop ok.

Shades along West Coast Park. 

1239, reach iconic Haw Par Villa for photo stop. We have been on the road for 6 hours plus.

Singapore Round Island cycling
Singapore Round Island cycling

Tabao Nasi Ikan (fried rice) from Macik. Told Auntie “little” chili but the spice was potent! I had to cycle until East Coast Park (a bit exaggeration) to wear off the spiciness, lucky no stomach upset.

Disclaimer: Nasi Ikan is tasty, just that cyclists should avoid spicy oily meals (perhaps) :p

[Detour alert]

Cycling through Labrador Nature Reserve and Keppel Bay segment.

Labrador Nature Park

Take note some segments are not bike friendly, there are notices for cyclists to dismount and push. Regulars will cycle under West Coast Highway towards Tanjong Pagar, and experts will cycle along viaduct.

The sea view and shades at Labrador are worth the detour.

 

Time check 1415, cycled through Tanjong Pagar and behind Gardens by the Bay. Some would prefer the scenic views around Marina Bay, but we chose a remote detour (less crowded).

1500, 9 hours on the road. We have already clock 105km at this point.
Man, I desperately need an ice cream reward, 7-11 at Cyclist Park.

We are in no hurry, so we cruise along to enjoy the shades at East Coast Park before getting scorched along TMCR (Tanah Merah Coastal Road).

1550, torture time, 15km to go before Changi Village. No slopes (unlike Lim Chu Kang), but just straight boring route.

Cycling TMCR Tanah Merah Coastal Road
Cycling TMCR Tanah Merah Coastal Road

Boring lor, no view, no shelter.  You know the worst is over when you reach beautiful Changi Beach Park.

Round Island cycling at Changi

1620 Bandung time. We are getting indulgent but we just want to give ourselves a pat on the back. Well Done.

You have no idea how refreshing bandung (or Sugar cane drink)could do wonders to charge your spirit and energy!

11 hours to complete our Round Island cycling in Singapore. We cycle mostly on PCN and pavement. It will be faster if you go with companions and travel on the road.

RI Mission done, achievement unlock!

Cycling round island RTI
Cycling round island RTI

Special mention to my cycling buddy. This chap is super fit and really powers through his Marlin MTB! If he drops his 6kg+ backpack, he will FLY!

Thank you for bringing me to see and experience all the corners of Singapore.

This sounds weird, but I will remember the DETOURS more than the RI route itself. All are good memories.

Round Island cycling map

This is the longest trip submission for my OCBC 2021 mission. I have only  registered for the 42km category, guess I should aim for 100km category in the future.

OCBC cycle 2021 completion

Meanwhile, read our bike adventures:

-Cycle 70km East, TMCR (link)
-Cycle 80km West,Lim Chu Kang(link) (LCK slopes are tougher than TCMR)
-Cycle to Woodlands and back for 50km (link)
-Cycle 50km to explore 3 Reservoirs and 3 parks
-Completed Round Island 140km!  (Click for GPX routing)
-Cycle 20km to Green Corridor (or Marina Bay and Sportshub)

-Click for Instagram SengkangBabies #skbCyclesSengkangBabies cycling

*Read my previous posts about MTB\RoadBike\Foldie selection, & Foldable bike shortlisting
-Previous OCBC Cycle trips for families
-More details and landmarks about Park Connectors (PCN) at nParks link
-Follow my family’s cycling experience here .