Monday, September 3, 2018

Cycle Commute from Ang Mo Kio to Maxwell market - Eugene Lee

From Eugene Lee who works as an URA planner. 
Attached are the screen shots of the two routes I've been using for the past 8 years whenever my work schedule permits me to cycle to work.The first route below mostly follows Kallang River and is about 16km while the second route along Marymount Rd, Thomson Rd, Cavengah Rd, Clemenceau Ave, Havelock Rd is about 13km. The 16km route is safer and mostly follows park connectors and takes me 90min while the 13km one is all on road but takes me only 60min.
 



I started cycling in 2010 to work and posted about my rides on social media to raise awareness of cycling as an alternative mode of transport.



Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Rider profile Tom Webster

Hello I am Tom and here's my cycling writeup. 
1) What are your first memories of cycling. 
I grew up in UK and started cycling as a hobby with school friends when I was 14. This involved a combination of cross country riding and dirt jumping. It involved quite a lot of attempting crazy stunts, breaking something on the bike, not being able to afford the bike shop repair fee and then learning to fix it myself. Little evidence exists from this pre-digital camera age, but here are couple of photos taken from a disposable film camera! 



When I was studying at University I took my cycling quite seriously and got quite fit, although I wasn’t organised enough to do any racing. When I started working I did continue cycling every once in a while but was generally less active and my fitness suffered, I do wish I kept a better work-life balance.  In the last 10 years I’ve changed to doing more road based cycling, although I have done a bit of MTB in Singapore - here is a picture of me attempting the Singapore MTB championship in 2016 on a 19 years old bike!

2) How did you come to Singapore and what do you do?. 
I met my now wife at University who is Singaporean, we lived together for a number of years in London but she was longing to return home so I came over here with her. I’m working at NTU doing Autonomous Vehicle related R&D work, my project involves working with Singapore’s authorities to develop the standards, testing and enabling framework to support the adoption of AV’s in Singapore. A key reason why Singapore is promoting AV’s is because they support public transport and shared car use which helps meet transport demands in less space and with fewer numbers of vehicles.   

Add by Taiwoon: I met Tom at the Carfreesunday event (LCSG booth) and he brought a freaking bike stand to help do some basic service (Free) for anyone. Its amazing! 

I fall off my chair when I saw how he brought it... 

Good man
3) Tell me about your cycle to work
Most of my cycling nowadays is commuting. I live with in-laws on the east side of the island and work west side at NTU so it is fair trip of about 31km each way.
Rarely do I cycle every day from Monday to Friday though, three times a week is a normal good week for me. When I first started commuting I tried to incorporate PCN into the route, however over time the route has evolved as I’ve found quicker options with less stoppages and places requiring riding at a slow pace.  My latest route is below doesn’t have any PCN and gets me to work quite a bit faster than the first route I did.

 
4) What are your workplace cycling facilities and how do you sort out your clothes etc.
I’m very lucky to have shower facilities and secure bike parking at work which is a great help. Clothes is a bit trickier but I leave those hanging on my bicycle, fortunately nobody appears interested in stealing my sweaty clothes :) 
Thank you NTU! 



5) What advice would u give folks wanting to try out cycle commute.  
Just like starting any other physical activity don’t expect immediate miracles or be disheartened if you find it difficult at first.
Give yourself plenty of time to recover between rides ease yourself in and it will get easier.
Plan the route and test it out beforehand. At first pick a route on quieter roads until you are more confident. Meet up with more experienced cyclists to learn from them, it takes experience and technique to cycle safely on larger busier roads.
Some logistics planning also helps, leave shoes and clothes at work so you don’t have to carry them.
Always carry a multi tool, spare tube pump, puncture repair kit and know how to repair a puncture.
Particularly if it is a longer journey some bits of equipment really help.
You must have lights if cycling before 7am or after 7pm. Decent USB rechargeable front and rear lights are handy and even during the day advisable for cycling on road.
A bike that fits you (including saddle) and cycling shorts / gloves help with comfort.
Bike mounted bags are a great alternative to a backpack which are uncomfortable in hot & humid weather.
A well maintained bike is safer and less effort to cycle. Learn how to adjust your brakes and keep the chain in good condition.

6) What other cycling stuff do you do 
I enter into a few races every year too. Although I don’t have much success I like to push myself physically and see what I am capable of, having a race coming up gives me some training goals to motivate and work towards. With me doing the commuting to work I found it difficult to find the time and energy to do proper training with a cycling club. However recently I’ve found I can usually make it back from work in time to join a 60km training ride round Tanah Merah Coastal Road with the Integrated Riders club. I have to work hard to keep up with them and it is really helping to improve my fitness. I’ve also done a round Island ride at the weekend with them a few times, they’re a very friendly and helpful group.

I also like the engineering side of cycling, I assemble and maintain all my bikes myself including building the wheels. I sometimes help out other people fix their bike problems. I am also known to sometimes do more ambitious crazy projects such as making my own bike lights. You can contact me directly to learn more. 

Happy cycling! 

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Dummy it to TKD class

Ready to roll!
Dummy is a long bike that can carry alot... I mean alot. 
I got a chance to ferry my gal to her TKD class last Sunday. We used the Surly Dummy which was very under used....  For those who is wondering what the hell u get a Dummy in Singapore... check out my link here. 
It was a nice feeling to still be able to ride it easily even when she is about 50kg. We stopped at a nearby porridge place to have a quick bite and then to Punggol Safra. 
So good. no need to cycle, just eat haha
I need to practise my selfie skill... 
The distance was about 4 km and super doable. In about 5-10 mins we reached Punggol Safra. We sang and chatted... it was very nice. 
Lock her up and lets go TKD class!
TKD starts, I can go have my coffee!
Nothing epic but I treasure this kind of micro moments with my girl.  This is how memories are made. Try it! 
Lovecycling sticker Gen 1- 2011
Dummy rides very well. 







Monday, July 16, 2018

Nice extensive PCN routes photos by George

http://j0035001-2.blogspot.com/2013/11/map-of-singapore-park-connectors-and.html

I was looking around online to find more information on the Round island route and stumbled on this.
It has lots of information and photos of the various PCN.  I am also very excited on the NS connectivity, hope it get completed asap. Check it out!


Monday, July 9, 2018

LCSG and NParks PCN improvements 7th July 2018

More hands make light work. Good folks. 
With the good folks of LCSG and MBG, we gathered at Yishun ave 7 junction to help widen the landing area of a junction. This was feedback by the local community that the narrowness of the area was causing issues on safety.  In addition, we also did some potting around the area to make it nicer. 
Here are some of the nice and meaningful collaboration we did over a sat morning. Awesome photos by Eugene Wee and uncle KC.
 Never seen so happy workers, guess they know its for the betterment for the community at large 
The good folks of the Park PCN

Uncle KC and Anthony,stopping for a photo
Potting plants is no easy task 

Widening the congested area 

aunty audrey 

Lets get working! 


Sunday, June 3, 2018

Building floating plant platform at Punggol Jetty with Nparks 26th May 2018

In Singapore we are very lucky to have the park connector network, where many will enjoy a simple walks, run or cycle. Over the years, we have also worked with the PCN team to bring fellow cyclists to do improvements for the PCN. 
It is also partly a way to bring community involvement and bonding between the parties. On 26th May 2018, sat morning we did just that. This time was abit different where we used recycle PRT bottles for floation devices and made plant platform which could be used around the parks.  
We are glad to see cyclists, young and old come together and getting to work with the Nparks team. It was a nice feeling to see such cohesion. During the event there were lots laughter, smiles, sweat and lot of zip ties! 
 Here's some really nice photos taken by Eugene wee and uncle KC for the event. If u like to get involved in such activities, pls shoot me a mail so I can loop u in the coming ones. Thanks! 
Daniel and family with their used PET bottles 




Make it better by getting ur hands dirty! 


Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Rider Profile - Francis Toh

Hi, I’m Francis Toh working as Service Engineering in ASM Pacific Technology. I like to share my cycling history.

I started with a 7 speed Tern bought by my wife as Birthday Present in 2013, this is how I started my cycling journey. Occasionally, I cycled in East Coast Park with my colleagues after work on Friday.
During my cycling journey, I got to know lots of new cycling friends with lots of events such as oversea cycling event organized by cycling group and community events.
Volunteering for World water day as Safety Marshal 
Seen and Be Seen Safety Marshal 
Rolling with my team for a good deed
2016, I have done the Ride for Rations 1K ride. This is a fund raising event and the main cycling event is Malacca to Singapore in 2 days, a total of 240km. However, I have joined a group of 6 fellow cyclists to cycle a total of 1000km in 11 days, including the main event from Malacca to Singapore. It was a good experience for me as I have never cycle with a group in a constant rolling speed of 20-25kph. Besides the fun-filled 1days of cycling, we also raised money for Sunlove Home, which Ride for Rations supported.


I decided to sell away my car use to commute to work and occasionally for outing and start cycling to work covered about 30km each way on road starting at 5am to avoid heavy traffic. Of course there is a risk to cycle on road but individual has to keep alert look out for any dangerous situation. We as cyclists on road are not as visible as compare to other transports, I always keep myself visible by wearing light color visible cycling attire, equips my bike with 2 rear blinking lights and a video cam.  
Bike to work 2015

Bike to work 2016
I really enjoy cycling now as it is my only form of exercise and I get to cycle to every corner of Singapore and Oversea. I can enjoy sunrise with fresh air and sunset while cycling to work. Most import message is I keep both my body and pocket fit and healthy. Hope my experience will inspire u to cycle and perhaps cycle commute!  
Below is my cycle commute from home(AMK)  to work (Yishun). If you need help on bike to work, pls send me an email at francis.toh57@gmail.com and I will do my best to help u out.