Bangkok speed champion
- Published: 22 Mar 2011 at 11.51
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If speed is what you want in getting around Bangkok, it's hard to beat a bicycle.
Members of the Thai Cycling for Health Association gather at the Thai-Belgian Bridge over Rama IV Road to prepare for an 6.4-kilometre ride to Sanam Pao. KOSOL NAKACHOL
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Yesterday’s rush hour city speed competition was no contest. Not even a motorcycle rider could come within 15 minutes of the bicyclist winner over the 6.4-kilometre ride from the Thai-Belgian Bridge to Sanam Pao.
Bicycles easily proved to be the fastest mode of transport in the competition, beating cars and other means of transport which were caught, sometimes helplessly, in congested traffic.
The race, organised by the Thai Cycling for Health Club to mark the 20th anniversary of the club and to promote bicycle riding, covered the 6.4-km trip from Lumpini Park on Rama IV road to the Thai Health Promotion Foundation's office on Phahon Yothin Road.
A bicycle rider finished the race in 16 minutes, followed by a motorcycle rider (34 minutes), a skytrain-subway commuter (34 minutes), a personal car driver (36 minutes), a taxi passenger (44 minutes) and a public bus passenger (51 minutes).
The competition started at 7.36am yesterday during the morning rush hour.
Competitors had to travel along Witthayu Road, New Phetchaburi Road, Pratunam, Victory Monument and Phahol Yothin Road.
Cycling to the finish point cost nothing, but those travelling by car had to spend about 30 baht for fuel, 35 baht for BTS skytrain, 50 baht for a motorcycle taxi, and 80 baht for a metered taxi.
Don’t expect a huge increase in bicycles on Bangkok’s crowded roads, however. Thongchai Panswad, chairman of the cycling club, admitted it was an uphill task to encourage people to use bicycles in their daily life.
Adapted from a story in today’s Bangkok Post by Supoj Wancharoen.
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