Cycling in Bangkok has always been a traffic dilemma for both cyclists and conventional motorists. The former want proper space to safely ride their bicycles, while the latter feel they are deprived of driving space and full use of the roads. And perhaps, some day soon, street vendors on the footpath will start to feel they are losing "their space", too.
Simply put, these conflicting views are just a lack of public understanding. In fact, all road users are just "guests" with equal rights and must share the roads. "It's public space, and every motorist is a guest that must share it," said Saranarat Kanjanavanit, secretary-general of the Green World Foundation (GWF).
Fortunately, though, these misperceptions will be corrected on Sunday during the first-ever "Bangkok Car-Free Sunday" event, held in the heart of Bangkok's central business district, from 7am to 2pm.