BANGKOK, 17 August 2015 – Guinness World Records has awarded Thailand with having arranged a mass cycling event with the highest number of participants, after close to 150,000 cyclists participated in Sunday’s Bike for Mom event.
Held in commemoration of Her Majesty the Queen’s 83rd birthday anniversary on August 12, the Bike for Mom activity took place in provinces throughout the country in the afternoon of Sunday, August 16. The number of participants was recorded in accordance with the methodology sanctioned by Guinness World Records. A person was only considered to have participated if they were present at the start of the activity and cycled for at least 4 kilometers. Tallies were taken by using mobile phones to scan the bar code stickers attached to each bicycle.
Of the total number of participants initially recorded by Guinness World Records, 19,450 were cyclists in the northern region, 35,276 in the Northeast, 46,986 in the central region, 8,233 in the western region, 14,330 in the eastern region and 22,015 in the southern region. 136,411 cyclists were recognized by Guinness World Records as the latter presented its award for the new record to Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha. The final figure did not recognize some 10,000 bikers who joined the event in Bangkok, owing to a condition requiring bicycles to be no more than 4 kilometers apart.
The most recent world record for biggest simultaneous gathering of cyclists was held by Taipei, Taiwan, with 72,919 participants.