The good place to pedal in Bangkok, the newly renamed “Completely happy and Wholesome” bike monitor round Suvarnabhumi Airport is aiming to be the primary of its variety on the earth.
An inflatable Sky Wing made from recycled PET bottles provides a shady space underneath which to chill out.
First opened in March 2014, the 23.5-kilometre two-lane cycle monitor was created by Airports of Thailand as a part of its company social accountability programme. Costing Bt28.5 million, it was developed from an earthen barrier across the airport perimeter bordering an irrigation canal into an all-weather slip-resistant monitor, paved with rubberised asphalt concrete. Again then it was known as the “Inexperienced Bike Lane” and was named one of many world’s greatest airport bike paths by CNN.
There are a number of bike tees and racks across the meals and beverage zone.
Closed for six months late the next 12 months, it reopened originally of 2016 with a brand new title – the Sky Lane – and was extra biker-friendly than ever with a 1.2-kilometre loop for joggers and youngsters studying to experience in addition to new relaxation areas, restrooms and snack stalls. Now run in partnership with Siam Industrial Financial institution, it was additionally extra technological with “Snap Bands” embedded with GPS and radio-frequency identification expertise displaying cyclists’ location for added safety in case of accident.
“Our purpose was to make the bike lane the perfect in Thailand, a spot the place cyclists can experience fortunately, healthily and safely whereas making new associates,” says Prasong Poontaneat, chairman of the Board of Administrators of AOT.
In March, the monitor was as soon as once more given a brand new title – “Charoensuk Mongkholsuk” or “Completely happy and Wholesome” – this one graciously bestowed by His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun, who attended the official inauguration on November 23 and led a motorcycle procession.
A jogging monitor runs parallel with the 1.6-kilometre bike lane.
“‘Completely happy and Wholesome’ is the motto of this bike lane that makes everybody bodily and mentally stronger,” says Prichaya Pibulsonggram, undertaking supervisor of the bike lane and division head of Bike.SCB. “This bike lane isn’t solely a spot for cyclists to train but additionally serves as an space for kids and adults from all walks of life to get collectively.”
The Sky Bridge is designed to resemble a fowl’s nest.
At the moment the 23.5km bike lane incorporates the perfect of world-class requirements, with a blue lane for normal bikers and a purple lane for extra skilled cyclists with indicators each 250 metres alongside its complete size. The 1.6km bike lane additionally encompasses a parallel operating monitor of the identical distance and a motorcycle lane for kids. As well as, the undertaking is well-equipped with amenities, comprising a parking house with safety system, a 1.2km Sky Bridge linking the automotive park and bike lane, an emergency medical centre, outlets promoting and renting bicycles, bicycle tools and equipment, and foods and drinks to accommodate each cyclists and members of the general public. Additional house for 3,500 automobiles is obtainable at AOT close to the bridge.
The well being station is run by Samitivej Hospital.
“This newly refurbished bike lane is de facto distinctive It options three relaxation areas and the planes taking off and touchdown close by add to the ambiance,” says Prichaya. “The expertise we use makes every little thing far more handy for the cyclists, such because the free blue snap used for identification as they arrive and go to the bike lane and to be used as pay as you go card used for meals court docket and bicycle outlets. Furthermore, we’ve got a Snap software that may be downloaded on the app retailer or from Google Play and a QR code for purchasing items and providers electronically. Additionally it is environmentally pleasant with solar-powered lights on the bike lane and loads of rubbish bins, so nobody has an excuse to litter.”
Youngsters have enjoyable on the pump monitor.
“The solar-powered LED lighting permits cyclists to experience at night time. And the bike lane additionally boasts the Sky Bridge, which is designed like a fowl nest with a ravishing spiral, and an inflatable Sky Wing, which is made from recycled PET bottles. There are 60 bike tees that may maintain 5 bicycles every in addition to bike racks,” he provides.
Youngsters usually are not forgotten, with a particular Child’s Observe close to the car parking zone that has each a 1.2-kilometre monitor and a pump monitor for BMX, mountain bike and timber path with a number of terrains. There are 30 bicycles, all freed from cost, for the children and a spot for fogeys to look at. The amenities are for kids aged 12 and underneath.
A motorcycle rental store provides 30 hybrid bicycles and can quickly improve its inventory of mountain bikes and highway bikes. The rental price is Bt400 for half a day.
“Our employees are available to search out the bicycle for you along with helmet and lights as effectively a water bottle,” says Prichaya. “The Sky Wing is used each for particular actions and for train within the night, when it’s lit in rotating colors of purple, inexperienced and pink.”
“I train frequently, normally by operating and biking. A very good bike lane actually encourages me to go train. This place is designed for actual cyclists and there are lots of zones. I just like the household zone the place households can come and spend their free time collectively,” commented Artiwara “Toon Bodyslam’ through the press tour.
“We predict this bike lane might be higher developed and change into the No 1 facility of its variety on the earth, not simply in Thailand. Nowhere else are you able to discover a biking course of its size so near the guts of a serious metropolis, and with such a protected and comfy biking setting. And the event this time will make it larger and higher than ever,” says Dr Vichit Suraphongchai, SCB’s chairman, including that Prichaya is planning to construct a mountain monitor and a pump monitor for adults within the close to future.
Pedal to the metallic
– The “Completely happy and Wholesome cycle monitor at Suvarnabhumi Airport is open each day from 6am to 8pm.
– Admission is free.
– Discover at extra at Fb.com/skylanethailand/ or www.Bike.SCB.