living in the ‘Land of Smiles’

Chiang Mai, Thailand

WHOA! – around 200 Bangkokians join in car-free day activities!

Via: MCOT

Bangkok Governor MR Sukhumbhand Paribatra led a group of environmentally-conscious bicyclists on car-free day on Sunday to encourage Bangkok residents to ride bikes and reduce pollution in the capital.

More than 200 people joined the first “Bangkok Car Free Sunday” presided over by the Bangkok governor at Lumpini Park.

The group later travelled by bike from Wireless Road to Ploenchit, Rajadamri, Silom and Sathorn roads.

The activity was jointly organised by Bangkok City Hall, the Cycling Network and the Green World Foundation with an aim to promoting pollution-free transportation.

Participants in these activities rode their bicycles to visit historic places and learn about the future of green areas as well as big trees along the way.

The Bangkok governor said more Bangkok residents should use bicycles instead of cars on Sunday for energy savings and environmental conservation.

The activities will be held on the first Sunday of every month.

He said now there are 28 bike routes, totalling 20 kilometres in length, which is deemed not enough. There are many limitations, particularly in inner Bangkok, where safety of cyclists is a concern due to heavy traffic, and motorists are not accustomed to having cyclists on the road.

http://www.mcot.net/cfcustom/cache_page/235922.html

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January, 2008

The Bangkok Metropolitan Region covers an area of 7,761.50 km² and has an estimated population of 11,971,000.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bangkok_Metropolitan_Region

200/11,971,000 = .0017%

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personal thought:

I would be willing to bet some big baht, that some/many(?)  of the 200 participants loaded their bikes in the back of their 4WD SUV’s.

hopeless, totally hopeless

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