Bangkok prepares for 2009 Car Free day

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Bangkok will be conducting “Bangkok Car Free Day 2009” from 20 to 22 September with special discounts for BTS travelers in a bid to reduce automobiles in the capital.

Deputy Bangkok Governor Theerachon Manomaipibool this morning joined Bangkok Transit System (BTS) Board Member Anat Apapirom, Thailand Cycling Club Deputy Chairman Mongkol Vijarana, and Thai Health Promotion Foundation representative Dr Suchart Taweepornpatomkul to declare activities for this year’s Bangkok Car Free Day. The event will be conducted under the slogan “use less cars to save energy and the environment.” A parade of 1,000 bicycles will promote the slogan on 20 September 20 followed by over 100,000 government workers in Bangkok swearing to not use their personal automobiles on 22 September.

The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration has set plans to add 20 more bike lanes throughout the city in anticipation of more riders, many of which will be foreign visitors. The initial construction of lanes will be seen in commercial areas and will include parking areas for bicycles and police assistance for safety.

The BTS will allow passengers traveling via bicycle to ride trains for free throughout the Bangkok Car Free period. Citizens with collapsible bikes will be allowed to bring them onboard.

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