Singapore audio tour: A Scenic Cycle Around Alexandra, Labrador and Sentosa

A Scenic Cycle Around Alexandra, Labrador and Sentosa

Cycling Tour

|
120 mins
|
10mi

About the Tour

The area just west of Singapore’s Central Business District is full of surprises. On this cycling tour, you’ll visit well-known spots, as well as some of the area’s out-of-the-way gems. Our tour starts on the Alexandra Canal, after which you’ll peddle by the contemporary art exhibits at Gillman Barracks. You’ll then take a relaxing ride through the mangroves on Berlayer Creek Boardwalk, towards Keppel Bay with its incredible vistas, and onto the palm tree-dotted beaches of Sentosa.

Along the way, you'll hear about:

• The island's first brewery
• A tragic hospital massacre
• The gruesome WWII events that unfolded in the valley behind Hort Park
• The barracks near the sea
• A beacon to the past and other navigational aids
• Wildlife in the mangroves
• The histories of Sentosa Island and VivoCity

This ride includes plenty of history, little-known curiosities, and the opportunity for you to sample some excellent ice cream – take your time and enjoy the journey!

Please note that this route has a combination of bike-lanes and sidewalks. Please ride safely and share the sidewalks respectfully.

If you need to rent a bike, the closest rental shop is Bicycle Hut, an easy 3.5km cycle from the starting point: https://bicyclehut.com.sg/

Tour Producer

avatar

Robin McAdoo & Heidi Sarna

When Robin moved to Singapore several years ago, cycling was a way to explore their new home without a car and a great way to interact with the local culture. At first, trying to navigate the PCNs (Park Connector Network) was frustrating because it was easier to ride on the roads and not deal with abrupt endings with no clear direction to continue. But that wasn’t an option when trying to encourage two teenage daughters to ride along. Robin needed to find safe and interesting routes to bring her family if they were going to get out on bicycles together. Thus, the work began, mapping out routes with incentives along the way to encourage the family to join her.

Heidi moved to Singapore from New York City with her husband and twin sons back in 2006. An innately curious person, she began exploring from the get-go, signing up for heritage tours and walking and bike riding around Singapore’s back roads and side streets, a curious bird looking to peel the onion. She knew there had to be more to Singapore than shopping malls and high-rise towers, and indeed, there certainly is.

As part of a series of “Secret” books published by Jonglez Publishing, Heidi's new book "Secret Singapore" features 125 little-known, hidden or forgotten places and things in Singapore. Often with Robin along for the ride, leading the way with her uncanny ability to map routes and get the two of them where they needed to go. Robin’s mapping genius and Heidi’s secret-gathering, combined with their love of cycling, was a great idea waiting to happen.

And so Bike-a-Local & Secret Pedals was born.

Major Landmarks

  • Alexandra Canal

  • Gillman Barracks

  • Sentosa Island

  • VivoCity

  • Labrador Park

  • Keppel Bay

  • Berlayer Creek Boardwalk

Directions to Starting Point

Meet at the intersection of Prince Charles Crescent and Alexandra Canal. There is plenty of room to be dropped off by a taxi or find parking if you choose not to cycle there.

Show Directions
Buying for somebody else?
If you’d like to give VoiceMap tours as a gift, you have two options: choose the tours yourself, or buy a voucher redeemable against any of VoiceMap’s tours in 167 cities worldwide.
Buy a gift voucher
VoiceMap tours for large groups
If you’d like to provide groups of guests with access to a VoiceMap tour, you can buy a specific number of copies for a particular event or obtain a license for more regular use.
Find out more

Tips

Places to stop along the way

Gillman Barracks, Labrador Park, VivoCity, the beach at Sentosa

Best time of day

In Singapore, the best time to exercise outdoors is in the morning or evening. I have found that this ride is best done in the morning, before it gets too hot.

Precautions

Remember to wear your helmet and carry a mask in case you need to stop. Always keep to the left when riding and be considerate of pedestrians sharing these spaces.

Comments

Preview mode limited to first 3 locations.
A Scenic Cycle Around Alexandra, Labrador and Sentosa