The road beckoned and I was eager to try out the new foldie to see how it would do on a long ride on Sunday. The Bishan-Kallang Park Connector Network (PCN) is a long stretch from Bishan and you can technically ride till Ford Road and hit the East Coast Park but there are the obstacles in the form of bridges; the road crossings are easy compared to having to carry your bike up an overhead bridge. Having said that some of the bridges have a narrow corridor for pushing you bikes beside the steps.
In a nutshell, after cycling to Kallang Riverside park and back; I had a most peaceful experience and importantly safe one, free from danger posed by traffic.
Starting from Bishan Park
The overhead bridge over Braddell Road. Note the narrow “corridors” or slopes on either side of the steps that make it easier to push bikes up. But even then, its going to be tough for smaller kids to push their bikes or wheelchairs to cross the road. See this post on “Biking experiences” for some comments on the bike unfriendly bridges on this park connector – the blog is so interesting as he lugs his entire family with 3 small children on PCN rides! His kids must be strong and healthy!
The view that greets the eye is most pleasant and this part of the connector gives you a nice ride till St Andrew’s Village
Those are the Potong Pasir HUDC flats. The river here has a most peaceful look about it.
This is the crossing for Potong Pasir Ave 1 – relatively quiet. Usually people cross look like they’ve gone to the market on weekends. The ride from this crossing will bring you along side the St Andrew’s village and the crossing there will be a little tough as the bridge is bike unfriendly. (I am not sure about the road crossing although that seems like a distance away).
Here are the instructions to cross the Jalan Toa Payoh and PIE.
Here is the map of the crossing from the NParks website.
The bridge is bike unfriendly but for someone keen to burn calories; it makes for a good workout.
Calories are always lurking around the corner and there is an instant reward for that crossing – a PRATA SHOP there at Moonstone Lane-Opal Crescent junction. Excellent excuse to have a prata and kopi break.
Another crossing to make but this time is a low bridge across the river
This is a place to stop and take in the river flow. Whie this PCN ride has lots of crossings, there are some over the rivers that make it quite a scenic ride.
Is this a longkang (drain) or a bike groove? I used it to guide my bike up and down the bridge.
This sign is quite the 60s and I can hear P. Ramlee in the air if I close my eyes. By this building there is one road crossing to make and then an overhead bridge before passing Kolam Ayer.
This bridge has only one slope beside the steps for pushing your bike up.
At the end of the Kolam Ayer stretch is a road crossing and then a very unlikely narrow passageway to continue the PCN.
This is Boon Keng Road.
Kallang MRT. Somehow this landmark is where I always turn back. Its like reaching the top of Bukit Timah Hill. This time however I continue.
To cross Kallang Road, you have to ride down to the traffic light at the junction of Kallang Road and Lorong 1 Geylang. This is where you will get to the Kallang Riverside Park but the park is split into two by the Sungei Kallang. I moved southwards using the eastern park and then explored then rode back the western park. I found the latter to be nicer. Its a bit quiet there so no really advisable to ride when its dark.
The eastern River Side park is a bit of a bummer as it ends abruptly thanks to a few restricted areas. But there is the Nicoll Highway to use to cross over the the other side. I used that to turn around. Would have loved to explore how to reach the East Coast Park but it was time to turn back.
Licuala peltata – a very huge licuala.
Fig trees seem to be immune to development in Singapore
What’s left in a clearing are fig trees.
The Tern Link P9 – such a smooth ride.
Prata for the hungry people back home who probably were still sleeping at 11 am.
Some useful websites for the Bishan-Kallang Connector