On Wednesday 26th November 2014, ChiangMaiCityNews.com reported on the issue of bicycle lanes for Chiang Mai. That very same morning I took a half hour walk from the Sathorn area of Bangkok, near the now gone Lumphini Boxing Stadium to Sukhumvit Rd emerging there at Soi 10.

I found it surprisingly pleasant in the morning cool and there were places where trees or workers flats provided some welcome shade.

Then half way along the journey, to my astonishment I came across a very expensively built  Bicycle & Pedestrian Way as these pics below illustrate.

Shared path bridge5 Transport Modes in Parallel Pathway Beside Bangkok KlongNo Easy Riding Stairs



Walking the bike

Walking along this pathway and up and over two big bridges around 9:30 am I only met 3 cyclists and no other pedestrians, and it appeared little used. This raises questions about the advisability of this kind of heavy investment.

A bike path, and likewise a bike lane, which does not link in well to the other streets and lanes which cyclists use for their journeys is unlikely to be well patronized. Does this path lack good connections? One recent article in the Bangkok Post complained that although there is now a bike path around the perimeter of  Suwanabhumi airport one needs to put the bike in the boot of the car and drive there to ride.

Or perhaps few people own bicycles or are confident enough to ride in the city, or the path is not publicised? I saw no signs directing traffic there.


Were any of the above issues raised with the Chiang Mai governor by the Sunday Bike Club?