[Updated] PCN Cycle Round Singapore Island Route RIR from Sengkang Punggol

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[Updated] Round Island PCN Cycling Route by PCN Cycleman.
For Beginner cyclists, you can try the shorter and safer Round Island route that I took in 2018 & 2019. All on PCN and road pavements only, not on road.  Distance about 100km, Approx time 14hours.
For Advanced cyclists, you can go for the longer Round Island route, you can choose to try the last July 2021 cycling route that we took, closer to the edges of Singapore.  Although we try to cycle on PCN and Road pavements as much as we can but there are some parts we have no choice because there is no road pavement at all at these industrial area.  So, need to cycle on the road at certain stretch of the route. Distance about 165km, Approx time 25hours.

I received many enquiries recently from people who wants to try this round island route that I posted about 3+years ago.

122km !  First time Round Island Cycling Route Feb 2018. All PCN & road pavements. Strata cycling route link: https://www.strava.com/activities/1387881820.

Personally, I have cycled round the island 5 times.
Feb 2018 : First attempt (alone), 122km.
Feb 2019 : Second Round with jac, 98km.
Dec 2019 : Third Round with jac, karen & aileen 100km.
Dec 2020 : 4th Round with jac, karen, joan 99km.
July 2021 : 5th Round with jac, karen, 160km: https://www.facebook.com/611782339290679/posts/1220037488465158/

( Latest round island route 2021, some parts need to cycle on road as there is no road pavement at all, not for beginners).

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160km !  We made it larger on our fifth time, Round Island Cycling Route July 2021. Strata cycling route link: https://www.strava.com/activities/5668114522. ( I forgot to turn on Strata until punggol jetty ;))


If you are new to Round Island Cycling, you can follow my first 2018 smaller and safer round island cycling route (all PCN and on road pavement only , Not on road !!! ) as appended below:

2018 Round Island Cycling Route
Time taken: early morning till late at night. Abt 14 hours.
Pace: slow. With a lot of pit stops (eating & resting).
Path:  PCN and pavements only. (Not on road ).

Start Sengkang🛎
– Punggol Marina Country Club 🚤
– Seletar 🛩Airport-Yishun Ave 1 dam.
– Yishun Ave 8 – Sembawang
– Admiralty Rd East West – Woodlands Waterfront
– Marsiling Park Connector (Woodlands Check Point)
– Cross to Woodlands Road to Kranji MRT🎠
– Stagmont Ring to Pang Sua PCN (End near Ten Mile Junction)
– Phoenix LRT, CCK Rd to
Bukit Batok Road
– Jurong Town Hall Road
– Chinese & Japanese Garden, Science 🛸Centre.
– West Coast Road -Pandan Reservoir – West Coast Park – Pasir Panjang/Labrador MRT
– HarbourFront Vivocity
– Cantonment Railway 🚃
– Shenton Way 🏦
– Marina Bay Sands
– Gardens by the Bay 🌻
– East Coast Park 🏖
– Tanah Merah Coastal Road 🚲 (Missed)
– Changi🌅 (Missed)
– Pasir Ris
– Punggol
– Sengkang (End)

2018 Round Island Strata Cycling route link: https://www.strava.com/activities/1387881820.


Four times, we didn’t get to Tanah Merah Coastal Road, Changi.
2018: due to airshow (coastal road was blocked due to airshow)
Feb 2019, Dec 2019:  Took a shorter route as it was getting late. Some members of the group was exhausted.
Dec 2020: Went a try bigger route to include Neo Tiew & Lim Chu Kang Road.  It was getting late and some members were tired, so cut short the ending part.   Note: Neo Tiew, Lim Chu Kang area: there are no road pavements and we need to cycle on the road for these stretch.

On our fifth time, July 2021, We finally done it !!!
  : Full 165km Round Island. Karen suggested to include Tuas Lamp Post 1🤣
Three of us ( me & my wife and karen) completed this round island route including 🌈🌈🌈Rainbow Bridge @ Kranji , 💡Lighthouse @ Raffles Marina near 2nd Causeway, 🗼Tuas Lamp Post One ☝️ . https://www.facebook.com/611782339290679/posts/1220037488465158/

On the map, the route we took looks like a fat peliken. Time taken 23hours. Total distance about 165km. This time, the entire round island route are mostly PCN and road pavement, except for roads with ⚠️ where there is no road pavement at all, the only viable option is on the road. Note ⚠️: Neo Tiew,Lim Chu Kang, Pioneer Road, Jalan Buroh: there are no road pavements and we need to cycle on the road for these stretch.  We tried not to go on the road as it is not safe for amateur like us.

Strata cycling route link: https://www.strava.com/activities/5668114522. ( I forgot to turn on Strata until punggol jetty ;))

My wife’s friend, karen, sums up her experience: It was really fun!….in the beginning……then turn to “torture” and “What in the world am I doing?” “Why I suggest it”……to elation at home coming 😁🤣🤣🥳🥳🥳🥳
Hahaha… next year 2022, we will probably be doing a shorter route 🤣

TIPS:
Do some warmup 30km or 60km cycling before attempting 100+km route.
Download the Streetdirectory App on your mobile for navigation.  It is very useful.
Things to bring along:
a power bank to charge your phone,
a set of dry clothing (& slipper) in case you are caught in the rain,
some money for food and drinks,
a lock in case you are too tired to cycle, just lock the bike and take a cab home,
a torchlight for bicycle for cycling in the night.


I have also received enquiry from young couple who wants to bring their young kids on the half island route I made. You can try out this half island route first before the round island route: PCN Cycle from Sengkang Punggol to Marina Bay Sands to Gardens By The Bay to East Coast to Changi (67km).  If you have strava app, you can follow my path : https://strava.app.link/WNpvSf7N3ab

2018 ROUND ISLAND CYCLING ROUTE FROM SENGKANG PUNNGOL

This first round the Singapore Island cycling trip was made in February 2018, it all started with my cycling exploration to cycle via PCN to Woodlands for the first time from Sengkang.  After my breakfast at 8+am, i unknowingly began my 122.8km journey round the Singapore Island !

I was an occasional beginner Cyclist who just bought my mountain bike late 2017, but i had completed a 67km half island trip before this Round Island Route. PCN Cycle from Sengkang Punggol to Marina Bay Sands to Gardens By The Bay to East Coast to Changi (67km)

Feb 2018: Started from Sengkang PCN, i rode via Punggol Waterway PCN , passing this majestic Arch Bridge and Waterway Point in Punggol

Overlooking Seletar Airport, on the way to Yishun

Yishun dam facing the sea.

Reached Sembawang . Took Pictures of the Canberra MRT under construction in 2018 (Now already in Operation)

Sembawang God of Fortune Temple ! Claimed to be the largest God of Fortune in the world ! So big that it has to sit on the rood of the temple

My Bike @ Woodlands Waterfront entrance.   When I reached here, I already clocked about 30km.  And I thought “Since I got so far, I might as well carry on riding”….Hmm I dont like to take the same route back.  And this is how I started my Round Island Cycling !  All on PCN and road pavements only (Not on the roads!)

Woodlands Checkpoint at the background

Kranji MRT

Singapore Turf Club @ Kranji

Choa Chu Kang PCN Connector

Ten Mile Junction near Bukit Panjang, Choa Chu Kang

Phoenix LRT Station at Bukit Panjang

Yuhua (Jurong East) Hawker Centre

Chinese and Japanese Garden (Jurong)

Science Centre

Ulu Pandan Reservoir

West Coast Park , Viking Play Ground

West Coast

Pasir Panjang Hawker pit-stop

Labrador

Cable Cars ar HabourFront

PSA

Got lost !!! seems to me like a familiar scene from the TV or Movie where kidnappers usually “hide”.

First time taking my personal “Public Transport” and zipping through the busy Central Business Districts CBD of Singapore !

Marina Bay Sands & Singapore Flyer

Baby Merlion at Fullerton

Esplanade Durian

Garden by The Bay & Super Trees

Flower Domes and MBS

Seafood Centre at East Coast Parkway. By then, the battery of my Phone was low batt. So as to conserve energy, few pictures were taken afterwards

Last water Point at ECP before heading to the Coastal Road

Coastal Road, long straight road heading towards Changi

i was planning to go to Changi via Coastal Road and looping back via Pasir Ris then back to Punggol and Seng Kang. But to my dismay, there was a major road block and no one can pass though as these were security blocks for aircrafts unloading for upcoming Singapore Airshow !!! i had to make a detour U-Turn !!! i literally begged the security officers to let me pass, but there is no way !!! it was already late and i had to give up the distance covered and make a Detour !!!

Taking a detour, i headed for the nearest Underpass. Travelled via PCN to reach Bedok Food Centre for a pit-stop.

Passed by Bedok Reservoir and then Tampines West MRT.

Reaching Pasir Ris New Hawker Centre for a drink. My bike was parked at one of the racks.  The one and only at this late hour !

Finally reaching Lorong Halus bridge and crossing it to reach Punggol

Completed my Round Island Route of 122.8km, utilised mainly PCN and road pavements.  The whole journey took me about 14hours !!! ( Slow ride as it started drizzling at the second half, Makan & pitstops, also, Stayed in shelter due to Rain ).   Pro cyclist with super light road-bike can go round island on roads in about 2-3hours.  to me, it was a Personal Achievement with my mountain bike !


If you have not tried Round Island Cycling before or have not cycled for very long distance, you can try the following some shorter routes first.

Other Cycling Post:
PCN Cycle from Sengkang To Sembawang Hot Spring Park (30km)
PCN Cycle from Sengkang Punggol to East Coast Parkway ECP (36km)
PCN Cycle from Sengkang Punggol to Macritchie to Bukit Timah to Hillview to Mandai loop (50km)
PCN Cycle from Sengkang to Jurassic Mile / Changi Airport (60km).  NEW (Video)
PCN Cycle from Sengkang to Rail Corridor / Green Corridor (65km).  NEW (Video)
PCN Cycle from Sengkang Punggol to Marina Bay Sands to Gardens By The Bay to East Coast to Changi (67km)
PCN Cycle Round Singapore Island Route RIR from Sengkang Punggol (122km)

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Graduated from National University of Singapore (N.U.S) with a Bachelor of Science Degree ( Passed with Merit ) in 1995. Currently a full time Property Agent with ERA Realty Network Pte Ltd. 14 yrs experience in Real Estate / Property Industry. Hobby: Food, Cycling, Adventure, Travelling.

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