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

Car Free Sunday Singapore is cool!

We want to join the next Car Free Sunday Singapore Singapore event!
That very much sums up the Fun that we had on Sunday morning 🙂

After all, how often do we get to cycle under F1 route, floating platform, Anderson bridge, or even Singapore’s Business District.
Car Free Sunday Singapore

Setting off at 6am was a struggle (getting the kids off their beds!), we drove towards Gardens By The Bay before cycling leisurely towards Padang area.
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Video (link) : Car Free Sunday Singapore, cycling from Gardens by the Bay to Padang

Blue sky, windy condition, we cycle past the usual tourist spots (take note no cycling in Gardens by the Bay)
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Before we reach the venue, you can already feel a sense of anticipation. Every jogger and cyclist around the area seem to be heading in the same direction, everyone wish to experience a car free weekend.

We even caught a sneak peep of the Sun rising from behind the Flyer (and MBS).
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Car Free CBD and Padang yeah! I am sure all the cyclists and joggers would agree too!
No need to stop for Red light too, Freedom!
Car free Sunday Sg families
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Our convoy of six bikes took us around the central business district, down Fullerton and Robinson road, we could even stop in the middle for some selfie (safety first). Kids would try to pedal faster to catch up with biker who has poodles in his basket!
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No ERP today, feels so good to see so many pedestrians and cyclists occupying the lanes. Families and friends were all smiling 🙂
No Erp Sunday Free SG
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Cycling like kings on the road, feels like the road belong to our 啊公 (Grandpa)!
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A special shoutout to the marshals and cheerleaders, #CarFreeSundaySg would not have been so successful without all the volunteers 🙂
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There were a lot of family friendly activities at the fringe. Nparks’ “Cycling clinic” was interesting for the little ones, “Slowest win” (About balancing) and they did some donuts too :p
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Padang Npark cycling clinic

Rugby anyone?
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Food trucks for hungry folks.
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Family portrait infront of the Padang, with majestic Supreme Court and City Hall (now National Gallery) in the background.
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After about two hours, we headed back home. Kids were unanimous in their response when I ask them whether they want to wake up super early to cycle again 🙂
Cycling in CBD

This is Singapore’s first Car Free Sunday, and we hope it will be extended indefinitely. A good avenue for families to do sports together.

Kids might only relate the cycling event to fun, but I wish to encourage all road and park users to respect one another, we can all co-exist. Sometimes, a simple give-and-take will make everyone happy.

More updates about Car Fee Sunday Singapore :
– URA website #CarFreeSundaySG
– We recommend this fun group “Love Cycling SG” for your cycling exploration
– Minister Lawrence Wong’s blogpost about Car Free Singapore
– Pedestrians and joggers kept to the left and cyclists on the right, the event was quite orderly
– You can rent bikes at the venue, or bring along your your blades and scooters (non electric )
– Pop by all our cycling adventures here
– More Fun cycling photos uploaded on our Fanpage album.

I had to spend 30 minutes just to mount the bikes, and another 20 to dismount, but the effort is worth it. I had to squeeze 3 bikes in boot and another 3 on our bicycle rack.
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I need to remind myself to take less photos, kids were annoyed that I keep disturbing their cycling haha!
Meanwhile, three cheers to the next Car Free Sunday Singapore 🙂