...yet another boondoggle to enrich someone's brother-in-law...unfortunately, the medical coverage may not be enough to take care of lung disease, heat prostration, and drug-addled drivers:
Downtown bicycle rental project begins
City Hall yesterday kicked off a bicycle rental project to encourage pedalling as an alternative mode of transport in the heart of the city.
Bicycles are now available for rent at two rental stations near subway and skytrain stations in Bangkok under a project launched yesterday by the BangkokMetropolitan Administration to encourage cycling in the heart of the city.
Deputy Bangkok governor Teerachon Manomaiphibul said the pilot phase of the project will start at Chamchuri Square and the Bangkok Bank Siam Square Branch (at the corner of Henry Dunant Road). Eight bicycles are available for rent at both rental stations.
The project will expand to 50 stations with 500 bikes in inner city areas by February next year.
Rental fees will be paid by electronic smart cards available online or at the bike rental stations. Registered bike users have to pay a 320-baht membership fee that includes a 220-baht card fee and 100 baht credit towards using the bikes.
A 50,000 baht insurance package, including one year of medical treatment will be provided for registered bike users.
...majestically enthroned amid the vulgar herd...
It's a great idea. As you know, Thai drivers see bicyclists as 'playing bicycle' in the road and not as fellow commuters.
On a side note, I'd like to see MRT allow bicycles in the trains. For some reason, BTS allows bicycles but MRT does not. This became a problem for me last March when I needed to go from Phahon Yothin MRT to the train station at Hua Lumphong to catch an up-country train. Instead of a simple ride on MRT, I had to do a convoluted route using BTS and surface streets from Saphan Taksin.