Phuket’s bicycle club campaigned for car free day 2009

20 September 2009 – Mr Jirasak Thammavach from Phuket Provincial Energy Office chaired the opening ceremony for “Car Free Day 2009”. Almost 250 members of Phuket Bicycle Club were on their bike travelling around the island.

Vee Tansukatanont, the president of the bicycle club, said this is the global initiative to encourage people to save the energy. We, Phuket also joined the campaign to suggest bicycle as an alternative for daily transportation. This is believed to help protection and preservation of Phuket’s nature.

The clycling route begins at the city hall and goes around the down town of Phuket before going up to Patong, enters Kamala, passes Cherngtalay, goes along Thepkrasattri Rd., and comes to an end at the starting point – Phuket City Hall. The total distance is 70 kilometres approximately.


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  • This is my friend’s bike. He uses it quite often, but for me I only bike sometimes as Phuket is quite a hilly place. Thats my excuse. I promised to myself I would try to use it more to reduce fuel consumption and reduce pollution. And I vowed to start on World Car Free Day this year. Like every year, on September 22nd, many of my friends pledged to cycle more to places instead of going by car. As for me I am a boarding student at an international school in Phuket, so I see cycling as one good way to exercise nearby. One of the events which reminded me to think of cycling was the activities on the World Car Free Day when organizations in Thailand and around the world arranged environmentally friendly activities to promote awareness. That included Phuket and the Andaman region in southern Thailand. In Phuket over 250 bicycles joined the convoy launched from the provincial hall and went around the roads on the island. I saw the determination of young cyclists even though sometimes they struggled over some of the hilly parts, but that did not hinder them from achieving the goal to be part of the campaign to promote reduction of energy consumption and awareness to conserve the environment.
    *** Interview 2 participants *** What also amazed me was the routes they went through which were so attractive and imagine how it was, going past such stunning views in a peaceful atmosphere. No engine noise, no car pollution. They went past Patong, Kamala and Surin beaches totally about 70 kilometres. To me, its not only promoting awareness to use less fuel, but also a great way to be with myself and do great exercise. Many point out that if we wish to keep the environment surrounding us clean and green then we should do more cycling and I think thats true. As the climate heats up, World Car Free Day is the perfect time to take the heat off our planet, by giving priority to cycling, walking and public transport, instead of using cars. Certainly we should not have just one day of celebration and then return to usual car days for the rest of the year. I do hope there are more bicycle lanes on the island so that it’s convenient for us to go places on a bike. This is Alex from British International School of Phuket reporting for Andaman News on NBT.

    weekly Andaman News NBT TV (VHF dial) at 8.30am & perhaps repeats on Phuket Cable TV channel 1 at 3.30pm, 7pm, 1.30am & 6.30am, broadcast to Phang Nga, Krabi & Phuket provinces & maybe Mazz Radio FM108 at 7pm in Phuket, Friday 25 September 2009 & <a href="” target=”_blank”><a href="” target=”_blank”> & <a href="” target=”_blank”><a href="” target=”_blank”>


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