Cycling in Hong Kong and learning to ride a bicycle is a childhood rite of passage, but not one that easily lends itself to city living. Thankfully, there are some great cycle tracks and bike paths perfect for kids to get steady. We’ll even help you find bike rental shops to get you riding a bicycle again!
When the weather cooperates, the first thing we parents like to do is get the kids outside. Cycling is a great option for a day out with the whole family. Not only is it fun, but there is the added bonus of fresh air and exercise. We also know Hong Kong offers up some fantastic scenery, and bike riding is a lovely way to take in some new places you may not have already visited. We’ve got great bike shop options (and we’ve sorted out bike rentals for kids, too!), that are surprisingly affordable in many locations, making this an accessible hobby on any budget.
Cycle Tracks And Routes For Families In Hong Kong
Cycling Tseung Kwan O Waterfront Park To Velodrome Park
Tseung Kwan O area has become a Sassy Mama weekend favourite. The cycle track is mostly flat, away from busy roads (but still with ample opportunities to teach road safety), and easy to get to by MTR or car (with plenty of parking too). There is a range of cafés and restaurants by the waterfront. Head out early and grab some breakfast before enjoying a leisurely cycle with the kids.
Location: There are bike lanes starting from Tiu Keng Leng MTR station, or you can start from Tseung Kwan O Waterfront Park. Ride along the waterfront and then follow the road until you reach the Velodrome.
Difficulty level: Easy
Bike rental: There are a few bike rental spots including this one along the cycle track
Cycling From Tai Po To Tai Mei Tuk
Start a lovely day of biking from Tai Po. There is 8km of cycling tracks to Tai Mei Tuk where you can take in the stunning views of Pat Sin Leng mountain range. The route is flat and the distance would be perfect for older tweens or younger teens. If you have younger children, then you can also hire a bike and pedal around Tai Po itself. The promenade at Tai Po Waterfront Park is great for younger kids with lots of areas to play along the way.
Location: Start at Tai Po Waterfront Park. The bike trail ends on Tai Mei Tuk Road but you could continue on to ride across the 2km Plover Cove Reservoir. The nearest MTR is Tai Po Market (about a 15-minute walk to the waterfront).
Difficulty level: Easy
Bike rental: Good Luck Bike Shop also has a branch in Tai Po as well as a number of other small outlets located near the Spiral Lookout Tower.
Bike Riding From Tung Chung To Inspiration Lake
With 15km of flat trail, older children can take in a longer bike ride or you can opt to do a smaller portion with younger ones. Views over on Lantau here are just spectacular and offer up great coastal sights, especially at sunset. The cycling trail ends at Inspiration Lake in Disneyland, but alternatively, you can also head straight there as they also offer bike rentals. Loops of the lake make for a really enjoyable ride.
Location: Exit Tung Chung MTR at Exit B and head towards the bus terminus. From there, take bus number 38 Yat Tung Estate and then it is less than a 5-minute walk.
Difficulty level: Easy
Bike rental: No110, G/F, Ma Wan Chung Village, Tung Chung, Lantau Island, Hong Kong
Popular Neighbourhoods For Bike Riding
West Kowloon Cultural Precinct
The West Kowloon Cultural District is quickly becoming one of our pick of places to take the kids in Hong Kong. What better way to enjoy a day out than cruising along the harbour on two wheels? It’s flat and there are designated bike paths, perfect for kids of all ages, including those little ones who are still using their training wheels.
Sassy Mama Tip: Get here early if visiting on a weekend as the bike paths can get very busy!
Location: Take exit E4 or E5 from Kowloon MTR station in Tsim Sha Tsui, the waterfront is a 5-minute walk away.
Difficulty level: Easy
Bike rental: You can hire adult and kids bikes from SmartBike, located in the precinct.
Bike Riding In Nam Sang Wai
In Nam Sang Wai, you will find an easily accessible 8km, 2-hour circular bike route that starts and ends at Yuen Long MTR. Explore the old village before heading out along the Shan Pui River and the Kam Tin River. The route is easy to follow along the riverbank and remains flat throughout. Younger children can also enjoy cycling in this area as the paths are flat and there are opportunities for a picnic and kite flying or a ferry ride across Shan Pui River.
You don’t have to do the full 8km, you can easily turn around and head back to the start at any point.
Location: From Yuen Long MTR, take Exit B and cross the street.
Difficulty level: Easy, however there is some road cycling is required.
Bike rental: There are a number of places to hire bikes along On Lok Road. Try Tin Fung Bicycle Company or Happy Bicycle. It’s also worth checking out HK Bicycle Tours, it’s a little further from the MTR, but they offer tours as well as reasonably priced bicycle rentals.
Cycling In Cheung Chau
Cheung Chau is now one of our favourite escapes from city life as no cars are allowed on the island. Take a 30-minute ferry from Central Pier 5 to the island (timetable available here) and enjoy a seaside cycling path that runs along the west coast. The island is very flat and there is plenty to see as you cycle around such as temples and genuine pirate caves. You can also hire cycling tuk-tuks for the whole family if the younger ones don’t feel confident on their own bikes.
Location: Take the ferry from Central Pier 5. Check out a map of Cheung Chau here.
Difficulty level: Easy to moderate
Bike rental: Various bike rental shops are located along the waterfront. One option is located on Pak She Praya Road at the corner of the Pak Tai Temple basketball court, but as you exit the ferry, you’ll find plenty of options along the water.
Cycling In Mui Wo
Peaceful and picturesque, the village has a charming feel with lots of cycle paths. One of our favourite Mui Wo cycling trails is the path to Silver Mine Waterfall. It has various sign postings along the way and is easy to navigate on a bike. Another option in Mui Wo is the beach path which is specifically geared up for cyclists and offers lovely views of the ocean. This is an excellent day out for children of all ages. For the adventurous, there is a 25km loop bike trail which includes some hill climbs but the sea views make it worthwhile.
Location: Ferry from Central Pier 6 (timetable available ). Turn right out of the ferry pier in Mui Wo and the bike shop is a less than 10-minute walk away on the Riverwalk.
Difficulty level: Easy
Bike rental: Friendly Bike Shop
New Territories Cycle Track Network
While we don’t expect many kids will be tackling the full 60km trail that runs all the way from Tuen Mun, through Yuen Long, Sheung Shui, Tai Po and Sha Tin to finish up in Ma On Shan in one go, when you break down the sections there are some fantastic spots to spin your wheels. There are multiple entry and exit points and bicycle hubs with toilets and kiosks ensuring all ages can enjoy riding.
Bike rental: Check out L.K Bike. It has locations all along the New Territories Cycle Track Network and allows you to pick up and drop off in different locations. It has a huge range of bicycles for rent, including family bikes, tandem bikes, kids bikes with training wheels and even balance bikes. The website is mostly in Chinese, but works in Google Translate.
Sassy Mama Tip: Check out the handy wayfinding map with all attractions, facilities and distances to help you plan your route. Three of our favourites are Tuen Mu to Yeun Long, Tai Po to Ma On Shan and Tsuen Wan Waterfront.
Tsuen Wan Waterfront Cycling Track
Spanning 2.3km from Tsuen Wan Riviera Park to Bayview Garden, Tseun Wan Waterfront is a lovely spot to take the kids for a ride. Along the way you’ll have views over the water towards Tsing Yi and go past Tsuen Wan Park with its ocean-themed playground and child-friendly cycle track. A lovely introduction to cycling in Hong Kong!
LCSD Cycle Tracks In Hong Kong Parks
Hong Kong has some fantastic, free, outdoor kids’ facilities. While we might typically think of heading to the park for the playgrounds, many also have designated cycling tracks for kids to practise their bike riding skills. Our choices are Quarry Bay Park and Po Kong Village Park below, but there are many more places to cycle across Hong Kong. Check out the full list on the LCSD website.
Quarry Bay Cycling Paths
If you don’t want to venture off the island and you and your children have bikes of your own, then this a great option. It has a lovely long path winding through the park, making for a relaxing and beautiful ride. The cycle path is an enclosed loop, too, so children of any age can go around and around to their hearts’ content with no fear of cars or pedestrians getting in the way.
Location: From Quarry Bay MTR, take Exit E and walk approximately 10 minutes to Quarry Bay Park (near Hoi Tai Street), Quarry Bay, Hong Kong.
Difficulty level: Very easy
Bike rental: Bring your own!
Po Kong Village Park
Get the daredevils their free-wheeling fix because there are lots of cycling options on offer here with a 1km-long raised cycling track! There is also a beginner’s cycling area and a purpose-built BMX course. This is a popular cycling option and offers something for the whole family, including bike rental. If you have a little one who wants to learn this might be a good place to get the wobbles out.
Getting there: Head to Diamond Hill MTR and from there take minibus 19. Alternatively, bus routes 3B, 3D, 3M, 116 or 203E also head that way.
Difficulty level: Various
Bike rental: Available at the kiosk in the park.
More LCSD cycle tracks in Hong Kong
Mountain Bike Trails In Hong Kong
There are 15 designated mountain bike trails in Hong Kong. Most are in Tai Lam Country Park, but there are also trails on Lantau Island such as the Chi Ma Wan, Sai Kung, Clearwater Bay and even the famous Dragon’s Back Bike Trail at Shek O Country Park. Just be sure to check the details as some are not open for bikes on Sundays and public holidays.
International BMX Park In Hong Kong
For those with a little daredevil in the family, the Hong Kong Jockey Club International BMX Park in Kwai Tsing is just the ticket. The facility offers a 350m racing track with starting gate and audience stand and a 60m development track along with bike and equipment rental. There are also qualified coaches and courses organised by the Cycling Association of Hong Kong. Be sure to check for pricing and public opening times.
Editor’s Note: “Cycling In Hong Kong With Kids: Where To Ride Your Bike” was most recently updated in November 2022 by Belinda Austin.