Unless you’re a geography ace, finding Singapore on a map isn’t easy. And if you can’t find it on a map, we’re guessing that Singapore cycling is probably unknown to you as well.
(For the record, it’s due south of mainland Malaysia)
At just under 720 sq. km., Singapore is roughly a quarter of the size of Yosemite National Park. That said, the country’s population is higher than the state of Minnesota. It’s a modern and singularly-unique destination that most cyclists haven’t visited. Lucky for you, Bastian Döhling is here to help.
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“Singapore cycling is very underrated and very much legit” says the native-born German, who rides with a local racing team known as the Specialized Mavericks. “The traffic is not as bad as you’d expect from an Asian capital city. We have amazing neighborhoods, fun steep climbs and plenty of offer for great rides.”
Singapore cycling has come a long way in recent years. Specifically, there’s a steady increase in two-wheeled commuters an additional 3,000 bike parking lots scheduled to be installed at MRT stations throughout the country. “They’ve managed to complete the Park Connector Network (PCN) across the whole island,” Bastian adds. “This means you can ride your bike on quiet paths without traffic.”
Car-free riding is a theme that’s particularly close to Bastian’s heart, given the indoor cycling studio he runs just across from the Central Business District. It’s a great alternative for riders who need to train for their next triathlon and aren’t necessarily keen on getting out the door at 5:30 am.
If you ask Bastian, however, real Singapore cycling means getting out and engaging with the city-state’s rich cultural exchange.
“Singapore is all about food,” he says. “My favorite post ride snack is a Masala Dosa (a South Indian lentil flour crepe filled with potato) and spicy milk tea.” For newcomers at a loss where find such a delicacy, his advice is simple: “Stop at one of the many hawker centers (local food courts), or go out for an easy coffee ride to Autobus – one of Singapore’s latest bike cafe’s. And make an effort to talk to fellow riders there.”
To help non-locals do just that, Bastian offers up a wide selection of his personal bikes to rent through Spinlister: everything from a limited edition Specialized Allez Sprint to a city bike and available toddler seat. It’s his way of letting visitors make the most of a city that’s beginning to come into its own on the world cycling stage.
“Initially I thought Singapore was just a boring business hub,” he admits, reflecting on the past decade spent living in the Lion City. “But I am still here, and it keeps on getting better every year.” Coming from a die-hard cyclist who has lived and ridden on four continents and counting, that’s praise you can take to the 银行 (bank).