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City administration to ponder restricting car speed limits for cyclists’ safety

Bangkok Metropolitan Administration is pondering restricting speed limits for cars plying city’s roads and soi which are frequented on regular basis by cyclists in order to enhance safety for the bikers.

Bangkok deputy governor Amorn Kitchawengkul on Friday outlined three factors for safe cycling in the city. These include mandatory requirement for cyclists to be equipped with safety-enhancing gears such as crash helmets and fluorescent shirts when biking at night, biking skill and advance notification to the police if cycling in group of more than 50; traffic discipline for motorists and cyclists and physical conditions of roads; and speed limits.

Mr Amorn said that the city administration might limit car speed on roads most frequented by cyclists to 50 km/hour and in soi to 30 km/hour for the safety of bikers.

Mr Amorn floated his ideas and safety measures for bikers at a meeting of relevant agencies called by Bangkok Governor Sukhumbhand Paribatra in the wake of fatal incidents involving cyclists.

The governor told all district chiefs to conduct a survey of cyclists in their respective districts and the roads often frequented by the cyclists. They were also told to check the conditions of roads to make sure they are in proper conditions and to put up direction signs.

Thai PBS

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