Singapore is known for its unique blend of tropical and friendly climates. It has a perfect combination of ancient and modern climates. Originally, it was named by a Malayan prince as Singapura back in the 14th century and the name changed over the years to Singapore, often referred to as the Lion City. Singapore is one of the most prosperous cities in the world, hence it is visited by lots of people from different parts of the globe.
The busy streets, the subways, tall sky scrapers and the exuberant night life is sure to leave you with an unforgettable feel. Getting a feel of Singapore would require you to move around with some means of transportation. The sub way, mass rapid transit, cars, taxis and the light rail transit among others. One of the best ways to get around the city of Singapore is by riding a bicycle.
This has so much benefits, besides the fact that it is cheap, you will interact with the people at the very lowest level of their culture. You can ride around narrow street corners, green residential neighbourhood and even make quick and convenient stops at different places of interests. It adds fun to the entire adventure.
You can pair up with other riders who are familiar with different areas and go on a mountain tour or even a cycling competition. Never mind, there are lots of bicycle valet around the different city parks offering short term and large scale bicycle parking. You can take advantage of them.
Here are some fun facts about bicycles you may never have known:
- Do you know that the word “bicycle” is a French word from the 1860s? Although there are records to show that bicycles existed before this date, the first verified record was in 1817. It was a German Draisin. The rider had to sit on a wooden frame and balance himself with his foot on the ground and propelled himself also. However, in 1818, a refined and improved British version was launched.
- In early times, bicycle was referred to as bone shakers. Although the design is basically the same and has not changed significantly over the years. This name was coined out of the type of ride it offers. However, this name predated the use of rubber tyres.
- Bicycles were referred to as dangerous toys and seen as one for daring young men. There is no doubting the fact that it could be dangerous especially the ones with large wheels. This gave rise to the development of what as referred to as “safety bicycle”
- By the mid-1890s to the 20th century, newer bicycles were designed with wheels with equal sizes with the front wheel having a steering. Safety was improved and rubber tyres with tubes were added, improving the level of comfort. A chain driven rear wheel was added and mass production brought down the cost.
- Today, bicycles have developed so much and are being used by some as a steady means of transport.
When next you visit Singapore, do not forget to grab a bicycle and enjoy the refreshing thrills the city has to offer.