Strava Merlion Singapore GPS drawing

Recently, Strava Merlion keeps appearing in cycling Facebook groups.
Some call it Lion Head and I nicknamed it Singa too (lion mascot).

This is likely because Singapore is celebrating its 56th Birthday on 09 Aug 2021!

Creators use apps to plot out the “cartoons” and cyclists just trace the route via Strava or Google Map (GPX). This is my own Singa Google Map GPX, just open link in your Mobile Phone and follow.

As a bonus, you can try to cover 56km for SG56 celebration, and win some goodies from ActiveSG too.

However, just because everyone is doing it, does not mean it is easy. I share some tips in post below.

50km may not sound too drastic,  but you can expect a minimum 4+ hour journey (if all pavement, expect 5+ hour). My average speed is 20kmh.

Terence’s Strava Merlion

For those staying in North East area, maybe you can start from Shell Yio Chu Kang or maybe Houang Swimming Pool. I did an anti-clockwise version, as I did not want to face Thomson and Yio Chu Kang slopes on the return leg.

You will overshoot some junctions or duplicate some routes. No worry, your Singa map will still look good!

Above, behind bustop “Aft Yio Chu Kang Rd“. Photos below. Ang Mo Kio Ave 1 iconic circular block, and Sin Min.

Junction of AMK Ave 1 and 6. You will touch Bishan Park at least 3 to 4 times 🙂

Everyone will plan differently, you can follow my direction below if you are doing anti-clockwise.

Would recommend you to think through the “inner loops” orientation beforehand. It could be challenging to ride and plot simultaneously.

DO NOT RUSH! Safety first, as there are a lot of junctions.

Feel free to improvise. I had wanted to skip two segments (refer map above). I also wasted an extra 5km by repeating segment between “3 & 6”.

Even with a map, I overshoot at least 3 junctions. Just Youturn and carry on.
(It will be twice as hard if we do not have the map!)

GPS Drawing

Lion eye near Ang Mo Kio Ave 4. This is my 15km mark.

Remember to enjoy the sights and journey. It keeps your mind fresh. Do not RUSH to meet a timeline, as one might become careless or reckless.

AMK Ave 12 stopped me for a while. Not sure whether I would be trespassing, there seems to be a gate. No worries.

Komoot captured the travel distance, not including breaks. Thus is one hour faster than my Garmin.

Komoot or Garmin for Bicycle Map


Additional Tips:

1)There are many junctions, look out for vehicles.
2)Those pavements outside semi-detached houses are bumpy, go slow

3)If you hate spooky shadows and stuff, maybe ride in the day. Route will bring you past or near Sin Min (wakes), Yio Chu Kang Road. You will be cycling near to Bidadari and Vernon area too

4) Plenty of road works and narrow pathway :
– Marymount Rd-Thomson Rd towards Balestier
– Serangoon Rd stretch between Whampoa and Kallang river, narrow pavement
– Slow down at bustops along Yio Chu Kang and Upper Thomson Road. Watchout for steps!

5) Terence’s Strava is clockwise, but I did anti-clockwise.
– So you will encounter one-directional roads (eg Lichfield Rd near Serangoon Garden)

* Newbies can look for petrol stations for drinks and toilets
**Go in a pair for safety. Companion will be helpful to validate the route.

Happy Birthday Singapore!!

Keen to explore more maps?

Besides Strava Merlion, there are Dinosaur T-Rex too! Follow Facebook SGPCN group for more creative ideas!

My Strava of Lion Head is from SGPCN’s Terence( Strava ), there is a 40 and 80km version of Merlion too, and some with tails! Check out my Singa Google Map GPX (open with Google Map).

Strava T Rex Dinosaur map


Some of the cycling kakis are using Komoot, MapMyMap, AllTrail or Strava to plot their routes. Some apps need subscriptions.

If you are using the basic Google Map for point to point, just use the “walking” mode. If selecting “driving” mode, ensure “Avoid Motorways“. (Prevent venturing into expressways)

Strava Merlion

-GPX for six Safras and six Universities anyone? Read post.
-Or maybe you prefer to cycle Hualien to Ruisui (Taiwan GPX)
* Follow my family’s cycling journeys here and in Instagram #skbCycles

Cycling to Safra Singapore

We just completed cycling to Safra Singapore, all six outlets. Safra is more well known as a hub for family entertainment, catering to NSmen.

2020 – Safra Punggol with two Randy Lims

But few might thought of cycling to all Safra outlets 🙂

Well, for those who have created a few RTI (Round the Island), we might have run out of ideas for the next ride. I have only done one RTI.

I mean, how many ways are there to cover Singapore, all 700 sq km?
-Day or night?
-Clockwise or anti-clockwise?
-Maybe try foldie, Mountain bike and Road bike?

YouTube (Cycling to all six Safras in Singapore)

Singapore is too small haha.
My best experience are still overseas, do read our Bangkok ride (family), Taiwan 4D3N (with 2 kids), and New Zealand (solo).

Video: Cycling Hualian to Ruisui

Back to Safra. We went slow and took 8 hours+, and almost 90km. As we cycled mainly on pavement and PCN, that explains the longer time duration.

If you are keen on Cycling to Safra Singapore, just open Google Map GPX link in your Google Map and follow.

There are six outlets, and we covered Punggol, Yishun, Jurong, Mount Faber, Toa Payoh and Tampines. Feel free to start from any branch.

Take note Mount Faber is hilly, and Toa Payoh is not really near to any PCN.

Refer to the GPX above, these are the legends for your exploration 🙂
Safra (Red) (Just open the GPX link in your Google Map, and you can follow our Safra route, including detours)

Decathlon (Blue)
ITE (Purple)
HomeTeamNS (Black)
-Universities (completed 31Jul2021 except NTU, GPX link)

We started at Punggol Safra, cross Yishun Dam and headed towards Safra Yishun.

I kept mixing up Safra with HomeTeamNS, fortunately Randy knows the route well.

2125 – Safra Yishun

2320 – Safra Jurong. Third stop took us almost 2 hours from Yishun to Jurong, crossing Mandai PCN. At 30km, this is the longest stretch.

Fish burger and nugget to raise our energy and spirit. Goodnight to one Randy, and we are back to two.

0130 – Safra Mount Faber

We reach Mount Faber after 19km, almost 1hr 15min. Hate the hills!(but Mandai is still more hilly).

The route from Mount Faber to Toa Payoh is not straightforward. We experienced multiple detours around Newton and Novena area due to road work.

Crossing Newton Circle on pavement was challenging, it might be easier to cycle on the road.

0240 Safra Toa Payoh
All shops confirmed closed already.

At 3am, we came across a section of road (Toa Payoh East) which was closed and packed with vegetable hawkers “Toa Payoh Vegetable Night Market“.

Checkout Ch8 星期二特写 “夜行人” here. We are not buying any caixin tonight, but it was a novelty for us.

This vegetable market reminds me of the time when I brought the kids to tour Jurong Fishery Port , in the early hours too!

On the way to Safra Tampines, we passed so close to home (Hougang, Bartley), yet we need to drag ourselves 10km to the East (past Bedok Reservoir).

0350 – Safra Tampines, Mission achieved!
Almost 4am! Yawn I am getting sleepy 🙂

So happy to complete another cycling journey with buddies. Meanwhile, feel free to follow our cycling journeys below :

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