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Bangkok plans to revive 10 ailing city bikeways

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Boys cycling in Bangkok. Photo by khunaspix freedigitalphotos.net. Cycle Traveller

Bangkok is planning to revive 10 bicycle routes through its streets in an effort to encourage more cyclists to the city, according to reports.

The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) plans the upgrades as part of a scheme to reinvigorate the capital's 35 bikeways, Thai newspaper The Nation reported this month.

If realised, the planned works on the 200km network will begin in 2014.

Cycling is a popular pastime in Thailand for both locals and tourists, but enthusiasm to ride Bangkok's dilapidated bikeways has died in recent years.

Threedow Aphaiwongs, chair of the We Love Bangkok: We Love Bicycles Committee, said the project would need the support of both the local communities and the police to succeed. She said cars were often found parked on the bikeways.

The newspaper said the planned works come amid a push by Bangkok Governor Sukhumbhand Paribatra to boost cycling in the city as a means of reducing congestion and pollution as well as providing a means of affordable transport for the people.

Image: Boys cycling in Bangkok. Photo by khunaspix.

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