Crown Prince to lead "Bike for Dad" on Dec 11

Crown Prince to lead "Bike for Dad" on Dec 11

HRH the Crown Prince to lead 29-km Bike for Dad on Dec 11 to mark King's 88th birthday, reportedly passing by Ratchaprasong intersection to show Thailand is back to normal & ready for tourists after Erawan shrine bombing.



Crown Prince to lead "Bike for Dad" on Dec 11

Wassana Nanuam

His Royal Highness Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn will again lead the Thai people, both inside the country and abroad, on a 29-kilometre cycling trip, called "Bike for Dad", on Dec 11 to mark His Majesty the King's 88th birthday, which falls on Dec 5.

Suriyan Sujaritpolawong, an adviser to the organising committee, said the event will be held on Dec 11, starting at 3pm.

He expected Thai people in every province as well as those living in other countries to send cyclists to represent them in the event, which will be run under the motto: "United Thailand, Bike for Dad."

The event will show the world that the Thai people, regardless of where they stay, are united under the same king, Mr Suriyan said.

A website, has been established but is currently under construction. For now, those needing more information can phone 1122.

Mr Suriyan, who showed the official seal (emblem, logo) of the event, said the Royal Plaza will be both the start and the finish of this cycling event to mark this very special occasion.

However, the exact cycling route is still being finalised and it has yet to be royally approved by the Crown Prince, he said.

He said only that the route would run through Ratchadamnern Avenue, passing Yaowarat and the Ratchaprasong intersection, and across the Pin Klao bridge to the Thon Buri side of the capital city.

The total distance will be 29 kilometres.

Observers said the intention for cyclists to pedal past the Ratchaprasong intersection is to show the world that the situation in the country has returned to normal and is now ready for tourists to visit after the Erawan shrine bombing which caused 20 deaths and scores of injuries.

On Aug 16, the Crown Prince led the Thai people in a 43km "Bike for Mom" cycling event in Bangkok (photo below) to mark Her Majesty the Queen's 83rd birthday, on Aug 12.

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  • abroad: in or to a foreign country - ในต่างประเทศ
  • adviser (noun): a person who gives advice, especially somebody who knows a lot about a particular subject - ที่ปรึกษา
  • approve: to give official permission - อนุมัต
  • capital: the most important town or city of a country, usually where the central government operates from - เมืองหลวง
  • committee: a group of people who are chosen, usually by a larger group, to make decisions or to deal with a particular subject - คณะกรรมการ
  • currently: at this time; now - ในปัจจุบัน
  • cyclist: a person who rides a bicycle - นักขี่จักรยาน
  • distance (noun): the amount of space between two places or things; being far away - ความห่างไกล
  • emblem (noun): a sign or symbol - สัญลักษณ์, เครื่องหมาย
  • establish: to start a company or organization that will likely continue for a long time - สถาปนา, ก่อตั้ง, จัดตั้ง
  • exact (adj.): done, made, or described in a very thorough way, with all the details correct - ถูกต้องแม่นยำ
  • expect (verb): to think or believe that something will happen or that somebody will do something - คาด, คาดว่า, คาดการณ์
  • finalise: to complete the last part of a plan, trip, project, etc - ทำให้เสร็จสมบูรณ์
  • intention: a plan in your mind to do something - ความตั้งใจ เจตนา แผนการ
  • intersection: a place where roads, lines, etc., join or cross each other - สี่แยก
  • logo: a printed design or symbol that a company or an organization uses as its special sign - โลโก้, เครื่องหมาย
  • mark: to celebrate something - เพื่อเฉลิมฉลอง
  • mark: to show respect for or to remember - ระลึกถึง
  • motto: a short sentence or phrase that expresses a belief or purpose - ภาษิตคำขวัญ
  • normal (adj.): typical, usual or ordinary; what you would expect - ปกติ, ภาวะปกติ
  • observer: a person who watches and analyses a situation - ผู้สังเกตการณ์
  • occasion: a special event, ceremony or celebration - โอกาส, งาน
  • official: done by people in authority or decided by the government; announced publicly - เป็นทางการ
  • organising committee: the group of people who oversee an event and make decisions about how to make it happen -
  • pedal: to push the pedals of a bicycle round with your feet - ถีบจักรยาน
  • province: one of many divisions of the government of a country into smaller parts - จังหวัด
  • regardless of: without being affected or influenced by anything else that happens or exists - โดยไม่คำนึงถึง
  • represent: to act, speak or be present officially for another person or people - เป็นตัวแทน
  • route: the roads, paths, waterways, etc., used to go from one place to another - เส้นทาง
  • seal (noun): an official design or mark, often stamped on a document to show that it is genuine and carries the authority of a particular person or organisation - เครื่องยืนยัน
  • situation: all the circumstances and things that are happening at a particular time and in a particular place - สถานการณ์
  • under construction: being built - กำลังสร้าง
  • united: in agreement and working together - เป็นหนึ่งเดียว, มีเอกภาพ
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