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World Car-Free Day
« on: September 19, 2020, 11:05:12 AM »
Bangkokians Urged to Join World Car-Free Day  tna.mcot.net
(TNA) – Bangkok governor Aswin Kwanmuang urged Bangkok residents not to use their vehicles for World Car-Free day on September 22.

He encouraged them to use public transport or bicycles to help reduce air pollution. He said Bangkok city hall has accelerated to develop public transport network and mass transit connections of buses, public boats and electric rail services. He cited examples of the canal boat services on Khlong Phasi Charoen and Khlong Phadung Krung Kasem, which connect commuters to the Bang Wa skytrain station and the Hua Lamphong subway station respectively.

The full service will be ready for operation in December this year. Electric –powered boats will be used to cut pollution, he said.

Extensions of many electric rail routes will be also operational this year to facilitate commuters from the outskirts of Bangkok to inner areas such as BTS Green Line on the Mor Chit-Saphan Mai-Khu Khot route in Bangkok’s northern suburb. He invited people to change their travel habits and to take public transport or carpool to reduce the number of cars on the roads.
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Re: World Car-Free Day - Free SkyTrain ride for cyclists
« Reply #1 on: September 19, 2020, 11:55:23 PM »
Free SkyTrain ride for cyclists on Bangkok Car Free Day  nationthailand.com
Bangkok commuters can ride SkyTrain of the Bangkok Mass Transit System Pcl free on Bangkok Car Free Day on September 22 if they carry a bicycle along.

BTSC chief executive officer Surapong Laoha-Unya said the BTSC would allow cyclists to carry their bicycles into the SkyTrain free of charge on both the Silom and Sukhumvit lines on Tuesday. Those who carry foldable bikes can ride the train for free all day, while those with normal bikes can ride for free during two periods: 6am to 6.30am and 10am until the station closes.

All cyclists can obtain a free-ride coupon at the ticket offices at BTS stations, he said.

“I would like to invite commuters to use public transport and bicycles instead of cars to reduce air pollution, stop global warming and make Bangkok a more livable city,” he added.

The company will also give away 10,000 seedlings of plants that are effective in catching PM2.5 dust particles to BTS passengers at Siam Station from 10am onwards. For more information, contact tel. 02-617- 6000, Line: @btsskytrain or BTS SkyTrain mobile application.
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World Car Free Day 2020

A Car-Free Day encourages motorists to give up their cars for a day. Organized events are held in some cities and countries. September 22 is World Car Free Day. According to The Washington Post, the event promotes improvement of mass transit, cycling and walking, and the development of communities where jobs are closer to home and where shopping is within walking distance. Studies showed that for short trips in cities, one can reach more quickly using a bicycle rather than using a car.

The events, which vary by location, give motorists and commuterists an idea of their locality with fewer cars. While projects along these lines had taken place from time to time on an ad hoc basis starting with the 1973 oil crisis, it was only in October 1994 that a structured call for such projects was issued in a keynote speech by Eric Britton at the International Ciudades Accessibles (Accessible Cities) Conference held in Toledo (Spain).
Within two years the first Days were organized in Reykjavík(Iceland), Bath (United Kingdom) and La Rochelle (France), and the informal World Car Free Days Consortium was organized in 1995 to support Car-Free Days worldwide. The first national campaign was inaugurated in Britain by the Environmental Transport Association in 1997, the French followed suit in 1998 as In town, without my car! and was established as a Europe-wide initiative by the European Commission in 2000. In the same year the Commission enlarged the program to a full European Mobility Week which now is the major focus of the Commission, with the Car-Free Day part of a greater new mobility whole. Also in 2000, car free days went global with a World Carfree Day program launched by Carbusters, now World Carfree Network, and in the same year the Earth Car Free Day collaborative program of the Earth Day Network and the World Car Free Days collaborative.

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Re: World Car-Free Day - around the world
« Reply #3 on: September 20, 2020, 05:35:05 PM »
Car Free Day around the world (Global)BBC News - 22nd September 2019

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Re: Little care for car-free day
« Reply #4 on: September 24, 2020, 11:04:13 AM »
Opinion
Little care for car-free day
While many countries around the globe are planning to celebrate World Car Free Day today by promoting low- and zero-carbon footprint travel, the day looks set to pass with little, if any, attention from the public in most parts of Thailand.

It is particularly quiet in Bangkok this year, where civic groups used to join hands with City Hall to organise colourful events to mark the special day, which is aimed at increasing public awareness of the importance of reducing one's carbon footprint, even if just for a day. In the past, the activities typically included a bicycle ride through the city's Old Town quarters, passing through the capital's historic landmarks.

The MRTA is among the few government agencies observing the event this year. The city's rapid transit operation is offering commuters with folding bike free trips across its rail network, as other observers from the private sector are encouraging city residents to take part in the campaign by switching to two-wheelers and/or other public transit modes. Other provinces, for example, Chiang Rai, marked the event by organising a bike activity last week.

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