Asia’s longest cycling route – Thailand is ready to construct the longest bike lane in Asia.
The cycling route stretching 184.8 kilometers to be precise and it will be completed over the next three years. The route is likely to be made of primarily rubber and asphalt, and crossing through five central provinces.
Transport secretary Soithip Traisuth confirmed that the government has asked the Transport Ministry to build the biking lane linking Pathum Thani to Chai Nat via Ayutthaya, Ang Thong and Sing Buri. About 1.5 billion baht is the budget for the longest cycling route in Asia. The lane will start at Thammasat University located in Pathum Thani and finally ending at Chao Phraya Dam in Chai Nat.
This initiative is aimed to promote cycling as a way to maintain health and develop a love of exercise whereas the project is part of the campaign “Return Happiness to Thais”. It will also help promote tourism in the above mentioned five provinces as the path crosses several tourist spots as well as historic sites such as Bang Pa-in Palace, Wat Pananchoeng, Wat Phra Si Sanphet, Wat Ampawan and Wat Phra Non Chaksi.
The surveying and designing of the route is underway, and they expect to complete the task by December. In addition, the Department of Rural Roads is responsible for the survey and design. Construction of the road will start next year and it will be open and ready for use by 2017, department’s director-general Darun Saengchai said.
“The trail, which will be three meters wide, has to be designed carefully to ensure it meets safety and engineering standards,” Mr. Darun added. The authorities are eager to construct bike routes nationwide to promote cycling and walking over motorized vehicle. Thus, Thai government has ordered the Ministry of Tourism and Sports for the construction of 3,000 km of bike lanes throughout Thailand. IMAGE/bangkokpost