City tries poles to keep motorcycles off footpaths

City tries poles to keep motorcycles off footpaths

Poles have been installed on pavements, close to roads, in two pilot spots in Din Daeng district, to prevent motorcyclists misusing pedestrian zones. (Photos by Pornprom Satrabhayda)
Poles have been installed on pavements, close to roads, in two pilot spots in Din Daeng district, to prevent motorcyclists misusing pedestrian zones. (Photos by Pornprom Satrabhayda)

In a pilot project, Din Daeng district has installed metal poles on pavements reserved for pedestrians.

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Poles in Din Daeng to curb motorcycles on pavements

Supoj Wancharoen

Din Daeng district has installed metal poles on pavements reserved for pedestrians as city inspectors are too busy to chase down motorcyclists who break the rules and travel on the same space.

Small poles have been set up on footpaths in two locations – in front of Viriyah Insurance Plc on Ratchdaphisek Road and in front of the Church of the Madonna of Fatima on Asoke Din Daeng Road two weeks ago, according to Din Daeng district chief Saisri Hirunprasertyut.

The spots were selected for a pilot study as the areas had often been used by motorcyclists, she added. The district is trying to follow deputy Bangkok governor Amnuay Nimmano's policy to keep pavements clear.

Called "S-Guards", the poles are placed in a narrow S-shape to ensure they bar motorcyclists from pavements but remain wide enough to allow pedestrians and wheelchair-users to pass through, Ms Saisri said.

Planners did leave space for people in wheelchairs.

Under the Maintaining Cleanliness and Tidiness of the City Act 1992, motorcyclists are not allowed to use pavements, which are reserved for pedestrians.

The trial did not require a budget as the poles have been used previously, she added.

Ms Saisri said officials are studying whether the poles are an effective deterrent, but didn't say how long the trial period will last.

She urged people to strictly follow traffic and pavement regulations and be considerate of everyone using a public space.

Last month, officials placed signs on both Sukhumvit and Rama IV roads, warning potential violators that they could face a fine up to 5,000 baht.

However, the signs have been largely ignored, as motorcyclists gamble they will not get caught.

City inspectors who enforce the pavement rules say they are burdened with many duties and too busy to enforce the rules.

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Vocabulary

  • Act: a law passed by a country’s government - พ.ร.บ. พระราชบัญญัติ
  • budget: an amount of money able to be spent on something - งบประมาณ
  • burden: to give somebody a duty, responsibility, etc. that causes worry, difficulty or hard work - เป็นภาระ
  • considerate: kind and helpful - ที่คิดถึงความคิดของผู้อื่น, ซึ่งพิจารณาอย่างรอบคอบ, เห็นอกเห็นใจ
  • curb: to control or limit something that is harmful - ระงับ, ควบคุม
  • deputy: a person whose rank is immediately below that of the leader of an organisation - รอง
  • deterrent: something that makes people decide not to do something by making them realize that something unpleasant could happen to them - ซึ่งขัดขวาง, ซึ่งยับยั้ง
  • duty: something that you have to do because it is part of your job, or something that you feel is the right thing to do - หน้าที่, ความรับผิดชอบ
  • effective: producing the result that was intended - ได้ผลดี
  • enforce : to make sure laws are obeyed - บังคับให้ใช้, บังคับให้ทำ, ใช้กำลังบังคับให้ปฏิบัติตาม
  • ensure: to make certain that something happens or is done - ให้การยืนยัน, รับรอง, ให้ความมั่นใจ
  • face: to (likely or possibly) have to deal with a problem - เผชิญ, พบ, เจอ
  • fine: an amount of money that you have to pay because you have broken the law - ค่าปรับ
  • gamble: to take an action that involves risks but will bring important benefits if it is successful - เสี่ยงโชค, เสี่ยงทาย
  • governor: a person who is chosen to be in charge of the government of a state or province or a government agency - ผู้ว่าการรัฐ, ผู้ว่าราชการจังหวัด
  • ignore: to fail to pay attention to; to pretend that you have not noticed or do not know about something - เพิกเฉย
  • inspector : an official whose job is to check that things are in the correct condition or that people are doing what they should - ผู้ตรวจสอบ
  • install: to put a piece of equipment somewhere and make it ready for use - ติดตั้ง
  • location: where someone or something is - ที่ตั้ง,ทำเล
  • maintain: to keep - รักษา
  • narrow: not wide; having a small distance from one side to the other, especially in comparison with the length - แคบ
  • pavement: a path with a hard surface beside a road. The American word is sidewalk - ทางเดิน, ฟุตบาท
  • pedestrians: people who are walking, especially in an area where vehicles go - คนเดินถนน, คนเดินเท้า
  • period: a particular length of time - ระยะเวลา
  • pilot study (noun): pilot project; a small project to test whether something might work on a larger scale - โครงการนำร่อง
  • policy (noun): a set of plans or action agreed on by a government, political party, business, or other group - นโยบาย
  • potential: possible - ความเป็นไปได้
  • previously: before -
  • public: open to people in general - สาธารณะ
  • regulations: official rules that control the way that things are done - ระเบียบปฏิบัติ
  • reserve: kept for use for something or someone - ที่จัดสรรไว้ สำรอง
  • select: to choose - คัดเลือก
  • spot: the particular place where someone or something is - ที่, สถานที่
  • strictly: completely - อย่างเข้มงวด
  • tidiness: when a place is arranged neatly and with everything in order - ที่เป็นระเบียบ, ที่เป็นระเบียบเรียบร้อย
  • trial: a test, usually over a limited period of time, to discover how effective or suitable something or someone is - การทดลอง, การทดสอบ
  • urge: to advise someone very strongly about what action or attitude they should take - ผลักดัน, กระตุ้น
  • violator: a person who goes against or refuse to obey a law, an agreement, etc. - ผู้ฝ่าฝืน, ผู้ละเมิดกฎ
  • wheelchair: a special chair with wheels, used by people who cannot walk because of illness, an accident, etc - เก้าอี้รถเข็นสำหรับคนป่วยหรือคนพิการ
  • wide (adj): measuring a particular distance from one side to the other - กว้าง
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