The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration announced yesterday that September 22 will be “Bangkok Car Free Day,” an initiative aimed at encouraging commuters to use public transportation, Daily News reported.
With the purchase of a pin, Bangkokians will be permitted to board all public transportation in the city. The public services include the BTS, MRT, Airport Rail Link, city bus system, Chao Phraya Express, public rental bikes, and city tour shuttle buses in Rattanakosin Island.
The pin, which is available for THB50, will give its wearers a whole day of public transportation travel without any additional costs. Bangkok Governor Mom Rajawongse Sukhumbhand Paripatra said that approximately new 100K cars are registered each month in Bangkok and the average peak-hour speed has dipped lower yet again.
Also on September 22 at 8.00 AM there will be a bike parade that will start at Sanam Luang and make its way to Central World shopping mall where an exhibition, on-stage activities and promotional booths will be held.
For those interested in participating, Bangkok Car Free Day pins can be purchased at BMA Express (located at Siam, Mo Chit, and Phrom Pong BTS station), Bangkok Bike Rental Booths, and the headquarter of Bangkok Bank. The revenue will be donated to Chaipattana Foundation, the Daily News reported.