We love East Coast Beach. We love playing at the sea, we love building sandcastles (there’s a really cool area called Castle Beach), we love eating at the food centre. But one thing we don’t like doing at East Coast Beach is getting on wheels.
We leave our kick scooters and bicycles at home because the cycling path is always crowded. Well, perhaps not for seasoned cyclists, but just a tad too crowded for a happy 7-year old on 2 wheels and a shaky 4-year old on 4 wheels.
Changi Beach on the other hand, is a completely different story.
The best part about cycling at Changi Beach Park, apart from the lack of crowds, is the different scenery you get every 15 minutes or so. This is rather unlike East Coast Beach where it’s pretty much a long straight cycling track with the same view the entire stretch.
For instance, you get your bikes at a really old bike rental shop with equally old rickety bikes, and you start your trail with a view of lovely bumboats, the very ones that take passengers to Pulau Ubin.
If you’re early enough, I hear some fishermen bring in their catch here and sell them right at the jetty.
Then the proper cycling trail starts and it goes on for about 3km. Despite it being our 4-year old’s first ‘long-distance’ cycling trip on a really old bike that was almost falling apart, there were no complaints. Perhaps it was because the views were just so nice.
At some point it gets quite narrow and kids might have to get off their bikes to push, but for the most part, it was smooth riding.
Maybe it’s because Changi is situated at the far end of Singapore, and much less accessible, that the cycling track was so empty. We met only 2 other families there on a Sunday morning.
One would think that after a big morning of pedaling, some rest time would be in order. But no, there’s a big playground back at the jetty so when we returned our bikes, we walked, nay, ran, there.
I never thought I’d say it, but cycling as a family is really fun. Tip: If you’ve got smaller children, you may want to opt for separate adult bikes instead of hopping on a tandem bike. It’s just so that you can maintain the 1:1 parent-child ratio, particularly if the kids don’t cycle at the same speed.
How to get to Changi Beach Park
Take bus 2 from Tanah Merah MRT Station, all the way to the end. From there, eat at the Changi Village Hawker Centre, and get your bikes from possibly the only bike rental shop around the neighbourhood (there aren’t many shops near the hawker centre so you can’t miss it). We got our bikes for an hour and it made it back just in time. If you’re up for it, hop on a bumboat to Pulau Ubin for dinner after your cycling expedition!
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