Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Adventure Singapore: Tampines Bike Trail

I thought I’d try to write something to introduce some of the adventure playgrounds in Singapore. In case you are not familiar with Singapore, it is a tiny island nation, which is home to 4.5 million people. It is crowded, and one of our challenges is how to share land use.

The Tampines Mountain Biking Trail is a newly created Mountain Biking Park is located in the heart of Tampines, just 1km from Tampines Mall. The entrance to the park and parking lot are located along Tampines Avenue 9 at the junction of Tampines Avenue 7. The basic trail is only 5.5km long although parts of this trail are currently under repair from the last rainy season.

Typical of other man-made bike parks, the trails are designed to maximize the use of space within the confines of the park. There is also a free ride area, built by volunteers, but otherwise, the trails offer relatively risk-free riding, and are ideal for a quick ride before or after work.

The park is still being developed, and only 30% of the trails are complete. We can look forward to more trails being progressively opened up over the next 2 years. Best of all, entry and parking are FREE!

Photos:
Top: The Tamipines Mountain Biking Trail:
Middle: Fixing a Broken Chain;
Bottom: Crossing a Primitive Bridge;
All photos taken with a Pentax Optio 43WR

Edited the title on 27Oct07