NUS Toddycats roll out our annual cycling event to explore nature and heritage in Pulau Ubin. Register for Pedal Ubin at our Eventbrite page here!
Every year, we offer a guided bicycle ride through part of Pulau Ubin, during which our guides introduce participants to stories of Ubin – nature, heritage and geography. The guides have been conducting this for many years, as Pedal Ubin origins go back to a 1998 Ubin Challenge event. At one point the rides were offered every two months.
The events at Chek Jawa in 2001/2 led to many more Singaporeans visiting Pulau Ubin with visitorship numbers rising from ~27,000 to more than 35,000 in 2007 (figure from NParks). As NParks took over more of the island, there were clear signs and maps to guide the visitor so we closed the programme, and left an online list of suggestions.
Then good news came with the conservation of Pulau Ubin for all to enjoy and the formation of Friends of Ubin. Without the threat of further development, Pesta Ubin was initiated by Ria Tan with other stakeholders. NUS Toddycats chipped in to the celebrations by reviving Pedal Ubin.
This ride of fellowship is an enjoyable way to meet others and share a unique experience of the island through the simple joy of cycling!
This year’s Pesta Ubin theme is “Support Ubin Businesses” and by taking a bumboat, renting a bicycle and purchasing food and drinks, participants will help support and preserve the unique businesses that service visitors to Pulau Ubin. There are many more activities being offered this month of Pesta Ubin so check out the very well organised webpage to explore more opportunities.
- Registration page [link]
- 2018 Pedal Ubin photo album [link]
- Map of Pulau Ubin, ver 2015 [link]
- Pesta Ubin 2019 [link]