Pedalling the park connectors

Pedalling the park connectors
Straits Times journalist Toh Yong Chuan (above) carrying his bicycle up an overhead bridge along the Whampoa park connector. A faded park connector sign in Woolands and a printed one seen along the Ulu Pandan connector.

NORTH: A stretch of about 10km of the northern park connector network runs below or along the overhead MRT track, allowing riders to go from Marsiling or Woodlands estates to Khatib.

The route passes shopping centres such as Causeway Point, Sun Plaza and Northpoint, as well as Yishun Industrial Park.

Cycling between Woodlands and Khatib in Yishun takes about 30 minutes, twice as long as the MRT ride.

A stretch of the Marsiling network that runs along Housing Board flats is lined with palm trees and gives cyclists an unobstructed view of the Woodlands Checkpoint.

At the Woodlands Waterfront Promenade, cyclists can gaze across the Strait of Johor to Johor Baru.

From the Canberra park connector, there is a 3km branch that peels away towards Sembawang Park where Beaulieu House stands.

WEST: The western loop of the park connector network links Jurong, Clementi, Bukit Batok, Choa Chu Kang and Bukit Panjang. It also serves private estates like Hillview.

Residents can ride from Bukit Batok to Bukit Panjang, passing "Little Guilin" park, Lot One mall in Choa Chu Kang and Junction 10 mall.

Some sections in Bukit Batok and Bukit Panjang must be shared with pedestrians and cyclists may have to dismount and push their bikes.

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