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Bangkok governor MR Sukhumbhand Paribatra launched “Bangkok Car Free Day 2015” at Sanam Luang in another effort to reduce the number of cars in the capital and encourage Bangkok people to use public transports and bicycles.
The event is held annually by the BMA in cooperation with 70 networking organizations, to change Bangkokians’ behaviors from using personal cars to public transports which can nowadays link with railway and water routes. The promotion of alternative transports was aimed at creating sustainable ways of communication in the capital city of Thailand.
This year’s Bangkok Car Free Day was participated by over 30,000 cyclists, beginning their 8-km. long journey around Rattanakosin Island from Wat Phra That, passing through Bangkok National Museum, Phra Athit Road, Ratchadamnoen Klang Road, Democracy Monument roundabout, Tanao Road, Bamrung Muang Road, Sanam Chai Road, the Grand Royal Palace, the Temple of the Emerald Buddha and concluding the journey at Sanam Luang.
Along the cycling route from the Grand Palace to Wat Phra That, the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) held several activities free-of-charge such as health check-ups, occupational training, distribution of tree saplings around Rattanakosin Island, extreme biking show and mini concerts by famous singers. There are also numerous booths selling a wide range of products for visitors along the roads.