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Join N. Sivasothi and friends of the Habitat Group for three rides on Sunday mornings at Pulau Ubin. Read the proceduire below to register by email if you are going.

Journey to the North: 9am - 12pm. Late start: Suitable for children.
Journey to the West: 8am - 1pm. Longer ride, suitable for young adults.
Journey to the East: 8am - 2pm. Some technical skill needed.
Note - allocate time for the
ferry ride and choosing a bike. We leave on time.

Photos from: Journey to the North, 15 Jul 2001, 14 Jul 2002; Recce, 7 Jul 2002

Map of Ubin - Guides

Pre-ride safety checks: Total Bike or Bicycle Sport Shop.
Novice cyclist? Read:
Bicycle Sport Shop's Cycling Tips

Procedure for participants

  1. Register by sending an email to: ubinbiking@sivasothi.com
  2. Include your name, number of people and any children.
  3. We reccomend you wear a helmet, and pack two litres of water - be mindful of the heat, a snack, and a change of clothes.
  4. Do not wear sandals or slippers, use shoes and do not leave laces dangling.
  5. Please have a good breakfast on the day of the ride.
  6. Allocate at least 30 minutes for the ferry ride.
  7. If you are renting a bike on the island, reach Ubin at least 30 minutes earlier.
  8. Check that your tyres are not bald, that the brakes and gears work, the handlebars and pedals are not about to fall off. Adjust the bike to a comfortable height, with feet touching the ground when you are off the seat - shop staff will help you. Learn about pre-ride safety checks at these sites: Total Bike or Bicycle Sport Shop.
  9. Report to your bike guides at the Pulau Ubin Community Centre Basketball Court (PUCCBC) with your bike. This is necessary for the safety arrangements.
  10. Have your bike checked by the guides - you may have to change your bike if it is unsuitable. Come at least 15 minutes earlier if you are unsure.
  11. Enjoy your ride! If you are new to cycling, read this page: Bicycle Sport Shop's Cycling Tips
  12. Note - important numbers: NParks Information Kiosk: 542-4108; Pulau Ubin Police Post: 542-8664.

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Ferry Ride

There is a 10 minute bumboat ride from Changi Point jetty, with a fare of $2.00 per person or bike. Bring your own bike or rent one from the many shops the island (cost: $8 - $15). Be early enough for the ferry (you might have to wait for a boat to fill up) and the selection of a suitable bike - we want as much of the cool early morning cycle as possible, and will leave on time.

Dates, times and descriptions of the rides

Journey to the North of Pulau Ubin: 9am - 12pm
Report at PUCCBC at 9am.
Description of ride - An pleasant ride suitable for children and tandem bikes. We will go to Nordin Beach via Sungei Maman - the scenery is mainly aquaculture farms, mangroves and plantations. The shorter route back goes past eth Orchid farm where there are usually drinks, and back through the island's centre.

Journey to the West of Pulau Ubin: 8am - 1pm
Report at PUCCBC at 8am.
Description of ride - The ride is NOT technically demanding, but may be a bit long. Not suitable for kids. A main route leads to OBS land, and side roads lead to the north and south coasts. There have been changed to the route since 2000, die to constcution on OBS land, so the ride will not extend as far west as it used to. Learn the major features along the route on a map, including a Buddhist and Chinese temple, the old seafood place, and reflections of different land use: quarry, farm, plantation, resort, aquaculture. Behind AIk Hwa Quarry, familiarise yourself with the north-eastern coastline of the main island: Changi, Pasir Ris, Sungei Serangoon, Lor Halus and Sengkang.
See the list of markers from Biking in Ubin 2000).

Journey to the East of Pulau Ubin: 8am - 2pm
Report at PUCCBC at 8am.
Description of ride - The ride is technically demanding in some parts, and is not suitable for weak cyclists. The eastern part of the island has a very different landscape concealing many interesting features. We will also look at the Sg. Maman mangroves if we are not too tired, and stop by the orchid farm for drinks on the way back.

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Guides & apprentices, 2002

Recce Trip - north & west, 7 July 2002 (Changi Jetty, 7.30am)
Airani - Debbie Fordyce - Jaswant Singh - Tay Hui Cheng - Joelle Lai - Sivasothi
Daniel Sng - Lim Ye Chen - Mark Chan - Lim Soon Chung
*Leow Wei Qiang

Journey to the North, 14 July 2002 (Changi Jetty, 8.30am)
Airani -Choong Mei Fun - Jaswant Singh - Lim Ye Chen - Tay Hui Cheng - Sivasothi
Daniel Sng - Athena - Mark Chan - Loh Tse Lynn - Lim Soon Chung
*Leow Wei Qiang

Journey to the West, 21 July 2002 (Changi Jetty, 7.30am)
Airani - Debbie Fordyce - Jaswant Singh - Kok Min Yee - Lim Ye Chen - Tay Hui Cheng - Sivasothi
Daniel Sng - Athena - Loh Tse Lynn - Mark Chan - Lim Soon Chung
*Leow Wei Qiang

Journey to the East, 28 July 2002 (Changi Jetty, 7.30am)
Airani - Debbie Fordyce - Jaswant Singh - Kok Min Yee - Lim Ye Chen - Tay Hui Cheng - Sivasothi
Daniel Sng - Athena - Loh Tse Lynn - Mark Chan - Lim Soon Chung
*Leow Wei Qiang

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Other information about Pulau Ubin

Stories from Pulau Ubin
Ali Ibrahim's impressions of Ubin, excerpts from an olde email, 13th February, 1998
Victor Yue's notes from a Sunday in Ubin,
nature-singapore mailing list, 25th September, 1999

Information about Pulau Ubin
NParks Ubin information

Others who enjoyed Ubin (Personal pages)
Pulau Ubin, our last natural frontier, RGS students
Mountain Biking on Pulau Ubin by Fong
12th MC Ubin trip

Issues
Concept Plan 2001

"Have Ubin to Paradise", by Chong Chee Kin. The Straits Times, 9 Aug 2001 (National Day Special).
"Pulau Ubin, conflict in transition",
Sec 2 students, ACS (I)

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