Cycling at Changi Beach Park

A quiet day cycling along Changi Coastal Road which is part of the Eastern Park Connectors Network. If you travel further up the road past the various spots along Changi Beach popular with visitors and campers, and past the SAF Ferry Terminal, you will find yourself enveloped in another environment of lesser buzz fill with tranquility.

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^ A pavillion shelter with the location map of Changi Beach Park. The red arrow shows the location of “You Are Here”.

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^ A new feature of bicycle rental for cyclists. You can rent a bike from any one of these PCN Pit-Stop stations located along the Eastern Park Connectors Network  and return it to any stations along the route. Much better than those bicycle rental kiosks where you have to cycle all the way back to the station where you first rented the bike. A time to refuel as this is just the beginning of an ardous journey. Why? The next photo says it all.

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^ No water supply for the next 7.9km. So refuel at the Pit-Stop and perhaps have a spare water-bottle with you.

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^ This stretch of distance covering 7.9km is known as the Coastal PCN. Its route runs parallel to the runway of Changi airport and beyond, passing the golf course of NRSCC, right upto the National Sailing Club at the ECP. It is also a good opportunity to take a rest-stop along this route under one of the little shelters while watching aircrafts take-off and land.

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^ Along one section of the Coastal PCN, trees were being felled. Why? Below was what a friend of mine in the Canadian forestry industry said:

This is the practice of high-stubbing. It is a means of preventing “windthrow” or what foresters called “blowdown”. The location of this tiny tract of forests lies by the sea and so it is subjected to heavier than normal shore winds. Besides, these coniferous trees are useful for the timber industry and would likely be purchased at very low stumpages rates by local sawmills for furniture and other forest products. Stubbing – that’s what the guy in the cherry picker is doing.

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^ When the tree trunk fell, there was a loud thud that reverberated in the immediate surroundings. From the spot where I stood to snapped this photograph to the spot of the cherry-picker where the tree fell, the ground shook for a moment when the tree trunk hit the ground.

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^ A cyclist zipping by. A popular training route used by triathletes, weekend cycling warriors, and the casual biker.

If you run out of ideas where to cycle or have not explored this segment of the Changi Coastal PCN, you might just want to pump up those bike tyres, strap on your helmet and head to this location over the weekend.

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4 Responses to “Cycling at Changi Beach Park”

  1. Superman Says:

    The place is nice. Away from the concrete jungle and covered by mother nature.

  2. yg Says:

    before the opening of the eastern pcn, this was one of the quieter spots in changi. i used to frequent the place then. parking was free, it still is, and it was a nice, quiet walk to the fishing jetty at the other end. i don’t fish but i like to watch other people fishing.

  3. ordinary guy Says:

    I hope the authorities will continue to retain its quiet charm along this section of Changi. One of few places without much traffic and plenty of nature.

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