BMA mulls special lanes

BMA mulls special lanes

The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) plans to designate additional motorcycle lanes to tackle the high number of accidents in the capital.

Prapas Lueangsirinapha, chief of the BMA's Traffic and Transport Department, said the administration is considering the plan for Bangkok's main roads.

Mr Prapas said the city hopes to improve infrastructure under Bangkok's long-term development strategy in order to achieve a net-zero road traffic injury and fatality target by 2032.

"The fast lifestyle and reckless behaviour of city dwellers, especially motorcyclists, when driving is the main reason for frequent accidents on Bangkok's roads," he said.

"Motorcycles are involved in road accidents the most, so we are proposing this plan to designate special lanes for motorcycles to reduce accidents."

A pilot project would be carried out to designate special lanes from Lan Luang Road, heading on towards Ratchadamnoen Avenue, and ending at Somdet Phra Pinklao Bridge as this section of the road is large enough for two special lanes for buses and motorcycles.

If the pilot study proves the idea works, the department will expand the project to other roads in Bangkok.

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