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Happy days for pedal pushers

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Thai cyclists have lately been enjoying a seemingly endless stream of good news. Last week, as I was writing about the three new mountain bike trails at Khao Yai Thiang in Sikhiu, Nakhon Ratchasima, I heard an exciting rumour that a new playground for bicyclists would soon open in Bangkok! 

I checked with my sources and confirmed that what I heard was true. The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration was quietly building a bike lane in a new public park located in the floodwater catchment area in Klong Sam Wa district. The first phase of the project took just two weeks or so to finish, and the bike lane was completed in time for its official opening last Tuesday as part of the BMA's celebration of National Mother's Day.

Named Bueng Makham-Bueng Sakae Ngam Sam Duen Park after the two lakes within its confines, the park boasts an asphalt-paved bike lane flanked by rural scenery. The surface may not be as smooth as that of the popular "green bike lane" at Suvarnabhumi Airport, but it's decent enough for cyclists of all ages and fitness levels to enjoy. The lane is much shorter here, and riders can take the full loop or just half of it.

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