Bicyclists’ paradise in Eastern Singapore

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Tanah Merah Coast Road’s on-road bike lane. The PCN can be seen on the left.

SINGAPORE: Sunday 23 April 2017 was the first full day that the new Tanah Merah Coast Road was open, with its exclusive on-road bicycle lanes and the adjacent Coastal Park Connector, the latest addition to Singapore’s Park Connector Network (PCN).

After traversing the new route from north to south and back again, I can say that the planners behind this project have really pulled off a bicycling masterpiece.

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Vegan Proselytism

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As a recent and long-overdue convert to veganism, I’ve gotten into some heated debates with the uninitiated, which is a good thing.

Good, because with such debates and exchanges of views I learn more about the impacts of the egg, dairy and meat industries whilst raising awareness for everyone regarding these issues.

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Active seniors inspire youth

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Warming up before exercise is important. Bouncing on a trampoline is a good option.

A healthy lifestyle movement is sweeping the nation, and fitness is an important factor.

Today, senior members of the community are setting a good example as role models for the youth.

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After a thorough warm-up, more rigorous, yet friendly competitive sports can be pursued. 

As energetic as their younger teammates, a unique choice of attire is often the only characteristic that sets the seniors apart.

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“Pump up the bass!” Nothing beats the excitement of a Justin Bieber concert after an intense workout. 

It surprises many that a regular fitness program limits fatigue and provides additional energy for late-night fun and frolicking.

Prior to initiating a fitness routine it is advisable to consult with your physician.

The Green Corridor: Farewell for now

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Sun sets over the Green Corridor (Photo: Thomas Timlen)

My first mountain bike ride on the Rail Trail, a.k.a. the Green Corridor, took place on 19 January 2013. Three years later on 15 June 2016 I enjoyed what might be my last ride until sometime in 2019, if a planned water main construction project finishes on schedule.

The end is near

Since the announcement of the water main project was made, the second quarter of 2016 has loomed ominously for patrons of the Green Corridor.

To keep the public informed, Singapore’s Public Utilities Board (PUB) produced a useful map that has been distributed by the Singapore Land Authority (SLA). This map shows the sections of the Green Corridor that will be affected.

Some good news

For all sections south of Jalan Anak Bukit, the construction is expected to begin by the end of June 2016.

However, there are a few reasons to be cheerful.

Not all sections will be closed. For example, the Map indicates that during the construction an alternate path will be made available starting from Holland Road heading north.

There might also be some extra time available before the Green Corridor is actually closed.

During my ride on 15 June 2016, there were no signs whatsoever of an impending closure.

In addition, the trail conditions were superb. In the three years that’s I’ve cycled on the Green Corridor I have never experienced better conditions. The path is solid thanks to efforts to limit the mud and improve the drainage, and the greenery has rarely been so lush. A great combination!

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