Plenty of Cycling paths in 2016
15th Jan 2016 | NEWS
The come back of the track near Suvarnabhumi airport, renamed as Sky Lane, means a happy and healthy new year for many.
Thailand – After six months of closure, the remodeled cycling track around Suvarnabhumi International Airport was officially reopened. Renamed as “Sky Lane”, this partnership between the Airport of Thailand (AOT) and Siam Commercial Bank (SCB) has been greatly welcomed and accepted by Bangkok’s cycling community. The return of this bike track to the short list of places where residents of the Capital can train or leisurely enjoy their rides without the risk of becoming roadkill is definitely one of this year’s best of bit of good news.
Formerly known as sanam khieo (Green Track) because of the color of its surface, the 23km-long Sky Lane has been repaved with bright blue-tainted asphalt that reduces the rolling resistance thus allowing cyclists to go faster. The speed limit is 40kph with riders flowing at counter-clockwise direction.
Facilities have also been improved and added. Along the course, four areas has been provided with separate toilets for men and women. A solar-powered lighting system has also planned to be installed and once completed, will make it possible for cyclists to ride after night fall.
The most important thing riders who has not been yet to Sky Lane must know that aside from a bike and a cycling helmet, you must also have a “Snap” bracelet which uses RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) technology to let you enter and exit the track. It is also planned to use the Snap bracelet as an e-wallet so riders can buy drinks and snacks that soon be available in the service area, without having to carry money.
Snap can be easily obtained at the entrance, free of charge. Thais holding “smart” ID cards can get the bracelets from automated machines, while those with older version and foreigners with passports can just go to registration area to get one.
Co-ordinates: 13°42’39.17″ N 100°46’32.36″ E
Opening hours: Currently from 6am to 6pm, daily. Will be extended to 10pm, once the lighting is all set.
If the Sky Lane is too far from your residence, the following are some of those places in Bangkok that you can cycle without encountering danger from vehicles.
This beautiful public park was located in the heart of the city which is a few minutes walks from Asoke BTS station and Queen Sirikit National Covention Center MRT Station, has separate lanes for cyclists and joggers with a 2km-long well-paved track that goes around the lake. Bike Rentals are also available.
Co-ordinates: 13°43’32.73″ N 100°33’27.98″ E
Opening hours: Daily, 4.30am-9pm
Bing Makham Thet
Officially named as Wari Phirom Park, a public park located in Soi Pracha Ruamchai. 47, Min Buri, boasts a 4.6km cycle lane circling two connecting lakes, Bung Makham Thet and Bung Sakae Ngam Sam Duen. A standard BMX racing track, the first in Bangkok, is being built and should be available soon. Bike Rentals are also available.
Co-ordinates: 13°50’52.78″ N 100°46’32.54″ E
Opening hours: Daily, 6am-6pm
Peppermint Bike Park
Privately owned park that has both a lane and an elevated wooden bridge with different turns and rollers, plus a drop-off, for riders to exercise and practice their skills, This park is located is Soi Yothin Phattana 3. Bikes and helmets rentals are also available.
Co-ordinates: 13°49’01.85″ N 100°37’45.76″ E
Opening hours: Tuesday-Friday, 4pm-10pm Saturday and Sunday, 7am-10 pm Fee: 200 baht
Bung Rapnam Nong Bon
Located in Soi 43 off Chalerm Phrakiat Road near the famous Rama 9 Park. Surrounded by an S-shaped lake that serves as a good for leisure riding on its 2km-long road.
Co-ordinates: 13°41’29.52″ N 100°39’49.89″ E
Opening hours: Daily, 6am-6.30pm
This 3.5km mountain bike single track, located within the 11th Infantry Regiment in Bang Khen, is the only one of its kind in Bangkok. It’s a fun trail with technical terrains and sections. The tree covers allows bikers to enjoy riding without being burnt by the heat of the sun.
Co-ordinates: 13°51’21.13″ N 100°35’44.61″ E
Opening hours: Daily, 9am-6pm
Fee: 100 baht
Located right in the edge of Bangkok’s western boundary, this Buddhist Park was technically belongs to Nakhon Pathom. Still it’s convenient to get to Bangkokians living in the part of the city. Bikes can be ridden along the park roads and a short single track in the northern part of the park.
Co-ordinates: 13°47’00.17″ N 100°19’05.33″
Opening hours: Daily, 5am-7pm
Aside from those mentioned, there are also those places such as the BMX park at Hua Mak Stadium, Rodfai Park located in Chatuchak and the bike lane underneath the Si Rat Expressway (the section between Ngam Wong and Chaeng Wattana Roads)
No matter where you ride, always wear a bicycle helmet and keep in mind that it is important to respect rules and rights of others.