184-km long bike lane crossing 5 provinces made of safe rubberized track, separate from motor vehicle traffic by 2017, likely boon to locals & tourism alike.
Bike Lanes separate from the road such as the Suvarnabhumi bike lanes shown here overcome the problem of blocked bike lanes. Inset: Motorcycles, garbage, buses and even impromptu roadside beer parties and some of the many of the things that typically block bike lanes.
Thailand to get Longest bicycle lane in Asia by 2017
A bicycle lane that is completely separate from motor vehicle traffic and that is 184 kilometres long stretching across five provinces (Pathumthani, Ayutthya, Ang Thong, Singburi and Chainat) is being planned by the government.
The new bicycle lane will be the longest bicycle lane in Asia.
This new record-setting bicycle-lane will be built in honour of His Majesty the King’s birthday on December 5, 2015.
The nicely landscaped bike lanes that run along parts of the MRTA mass transit lines provide a nice safe place for children to learn how to ride a bike.
Because it is protected from motor vehicle traffic the new bike lanes will allow safe bicycling activities for families, children and senior citizens, groups that might otherwise be scared away from bicycling if they have to brave the dangerous streets of Bangkok. (See real story of bicyclist getting hit by a taxi here).
Separation from the main road should not only make the lanes safer but also prevent people using the lanes for other purposes such as impromptu drinking parties in the back of pickup trucks or people parking in bicycle lanes (See story here).
Photos of two pickup trucks parked in cycling lane while their drivers having a picnic on a pavement sparked viral outrage online.
New downtown bike that are not separated from traffic very much.
Natural rubber will be used in road surfacing material for the bike lane which has higher surface grip and greater safety during the wet rainy season.
The 40 tons of natural rubber to be used will provide rubber farmers with 4,800,000 baht in income.
The bike lane will be 3 meters wide with two 1.5 meter lanes running in opposite directions with frequent rest stops along the way.
Survey and design work is now said to be 20% complete with safety being top priority and is estimated to take three years to complete, finished by 2017.
Until is the new bike lanes are available, bicyclists have the 23km Suvarnabhumi Airport bike lanes (Sanam Kiew) as well as the 3-km MRTA bike lines to use, although the Suvarnabhumi lanes are currently under renovation and closed until the beginning of next year.
Motorcycles either driving in the bike lane or parked in the bike lane are typical problems.
garbage dumped in the bike lane is another problem.
Where are buses to stop when there is a bike lane? Perhaps, a question that planners did not anticipate.
Parking in bike lanes will always be a problem with contention for limited space in a big city with high population density.
activity (noun): a thing that you do for work, interest or pleasure, or in order to achieve a particular aim - กิจกรรม
brave : to deal with an unpleasant or difficult situation in order to achieve something - กล้าที่จะเผชิญกับ
complete (verb): to finish something; to bring some project to an end after having done everything successfully - ทำเสร็จ, ทำให้สมบูรณ์
completely (adv): totally, in every way possible - อย่างทั้งหมด
currently : at this time; now - ในปัจจุบัน
direction : the way something is moving or coming from - ทิศทาง
estimated : thought to be a particular amount, size, etc. based on a guess or the best information available - ประมาณการ
frequent : happening often - เกิดขึ้นบ่อย
grip : to hold something tightly - เกาะ, ยึด, จับ
impromptu : done without preparation or planning - ไม่ได้เตรียม
in honour of : to show respect and admiration for somebody - เป็นเกียรติให้กับ
income : money that someone gets from working or from investing money - รายได้
lane : one of the parts that a wide road or motorway is divided into, marked by painted lines and intended for one line of traffic - ช่องทางเดินรถ
material : a substance that things can be made from - วัตถุ
natural : existing in nature; not made or caused by humans - เป็นธรรมชาติ, ตามธรรมชาติ
opposite : across from or facing someone or something - ที่อยู่ตรงกันข้าม
otherwise : if not; used for saying that if one thing does not happen or is not true, something else will happen, usually something bad - มิฉะนั้น, ไม่เช่นนั้น
prevent (verb): to stop somebody from doing something; to stop something from happening - ขัดขวาง, ป้องกัน, กัน, กีดขวาง
priority : something important that must be done first or which needs more attention than something else - การมาก่อน
protect : to make sure that somebody/something is not harmed, injured, damaged, etc - ป้องกัน,อารักขา,คุ้มกัน
province : one of many divisions of the government of a country into smaller parts - จังหวัด
purpose (noun): the intention, aim or function of something; the thing that something is supposed to achieve - จุดประสงค์, เป้าหมาย, วัตถุประสงค์
record : the best or most ever achieved - สถิติ
renovation : making something old look new again by repairing and improving it, especially a building - การปฏิสังขรณ์, การทำให้มีสภาพดีเหมือนเดิม, การบูรณะ, การซ่อมแซมใหม่
rest stop : a place along a road for people to pull over and stop and take a short rest -
rubber (noun): a bouncy, elastic material used in car tires and waterproof gloves - กล้ายาง
scared : frightened, or worried - ตระหนก, ตกใจ, หวาด, ผวา
senior citizen : someone who is more than 60 years old - ผู้สูงอายุ, ผู้อาวุโส
separate : to keep or put apart - แยก
stretch (noun): a continuous area of land or water - บริเวณที่แผ่ขยายไป, บริเวณวงกว้าง
surface : the outside or top layer of something - ผิวหน้า, ผิวภายนอก, ด้านนอก
survey : the act of examining and recording the measurements, features, etc. of an area of land - การสำรวจ, การหาข้อมูล
traffic (noun): the number of cars, trucks and other vehicles traveling along a road at one time - การจราจร
vehicle : a machine that you travel in or on, especially one with an engine that travels on roads, e.g., a car, bus, van, truck, etc. - ยานพาหนะ