Hotel execs, city plan November midnight cycling event

Friday, 06 July 2012 From Issue Vol. XX No. 27 By  Warunya Thongrod

Pattaya officials and hotel executives from around the city began laying groundwork for a November midnight bicycle ride to raise the profile of cycling in the area.

Association for the Development of Environmental Quality President Jirapol Sinthunawa, who also serves as vice president of the Green Leaf Foundation, led the June 22 summit at the Dusit Thani Hotel. Police and city public health officers joined the hotel managers to plan Pattaya Midnight Bike 2012.

Association for the Development of Environmental Quality President Jirapol Sinthunawa leads a meeting to lay groundwork for a November midnight bicycle ride. Association for the Development of Environmental Quality President Jirapol Sinthunawa leads a meeting to lay groundwork for a November midnight bicycle ride.

The November event will focus on the importance of using bicycle transportation to help position Pattaya as an environmentally conscious resort.

Officials said the idea springs from the popularity of cycling in western countries, where roads are in much better condition and feature dedicated bike lanes, unlike any street in Pattaya.

The meeting covered routes and signage that would be needed to steer cyclists through the city at the midnight hour. Attendees suggested holding the event more frequently and making a permanent fixture on the city’s tourism-promotion calendar.

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