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The closure of Bangkok's main intersections has made the capital a cycle-friendly and safe city

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When Suthep Thaugsuban decided to lead the Bangkok Shutdown march on January 13, his goal was to change national politics. He had no idea his march would tremendously change Bangkok traffic and the way Bangkokians think about daily commuting - in a good way. 

In a city where more than half of the daily commuters rely on private transport to and from work, Bangkok traffic has become the lightest in years after the closure of seven main intersections.

Since the closure of main intersections in the inner city, except at Government Complex on Chaeng Wattana Road, Bangkok residents have learned to look at their city with a new perspective. The capital has become an almost car-free city, as getting around the city on the usual land transport has become difficult.

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