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Bangkok discusses bicycle safety

The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) has held a meeting on cycling safety and the progress of developing bicycle lanes.

BMA Deputy Permanent Secretary Adisak Kantee presided over the meeting on cycling safety regulations, and the process of developing bicycle lanes along the Nongbon Lake and Khlong Saen Saeb Canal at the Bangkok City Hall.

The meeting discussed the safety measures for both cyclists and road users, and looked into the types of bicycle lanes appropriate for different road material. Bicycle lanes will be required to be illuminated at night, have lane barriers, and municipal officials should be deployed to keep orderliness at each route.

The meeting has also fixed the speed limit for vehicles running in the leftmost lane at 50 km/hr on roads with designated bike lane, and at 30 km/hr on shared lane roads.

On the progress of Nongbon Lake bicycle lane construction, the meeting has made a revision on the path layout, while 200 meters of land strip has already been completed. For the Khlong Saen Saeb Canal bicycle lane, 19.44 kilometres of the entire path is now under construction, with the budget approved already for 33.08 kilometres of section, and the remaining 4.49 kilometres is now pending for budgetary approval.

The district offices where the bicycle paths will cross have been ordered to ramp up on canal bridges to allow cyclists to cross the bridges on their bicycles.

NNT

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