BANGKOK, 21 June 2013 The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) is gearing up to hold the annual Car Free Day event in an effort to promote the use of bicycles and public transportation and reduce pollution in the capital.
The BMA has called a meeting with officials from the Traffic and Transportation Department and representatives of the civil sector regarding preparations for the upcoming Bangkok Car Free Day event, which will be held on the occasion of World Car Free Day, September 22. According to the BMA, the purpose of this special occasion is to encourage Bangkok commuters to turn to cycling, walking as well as using public transportation instead of driving personal cars.
The campaign will be piloted for one day in the historic area of Rattanakosin Island in Phranakhon district to raise awareness of the air pollution problem and to encourage people to adopt a more environmentally-friendly lifestyle. The activity is also part of the BMA’s policy which places great importance on the well-being of Bangkok residents.
The BMA is also planning to designate bicycle and public transport lanes around the city to reduce the number of personal cars on the road and the level of air pollution.