BTS bike manners good start though still tumble short

First came pleasure by biking fans that they could take bikes aboard a BTS. Now a use has singular a payoff to folding bikes usually during a busiest hours. (File print by Surapol Promsaka na Sakolnakorn)

Months after cyclists were left anxiously wondering if they would be criminialized from a BTS sight system, cyclists who use non-folding bicycles now know their fate: a prejudiced anathema will be implemented.

Under a new regulation, that has been widely circulated on amicable media by a cycling community, those with bigger, non-folding, bicycles will face a array of restrictions. These cyclists can usually use a complement early in a day from 6am to 6.30am on weekdays and from 6am to 9am on weekends and open holidays. These cyclists will be authorised on a BTS each night after 10pm. The restrictions will take outcome on Aug 1.

Cyclists with folding bicycles will be means to take advantage of a BTS during any time.

Early this year there was a lot of conjecture that all non-folding bicycles would be wholly criminialized from a BTS. As a range of a regulations has been privileged up, we can contend we acquire a preference by a sight operator.

Ploenpote Atthakor is editorial pages editor, angkok Post.

One has to conclude that, during slightest in this case, BTS government eventually motionless to mind a recommendation of a community, a cycling community, abandoning a thought of a sum ban. Instead, a BTS arrived during a compromise.

While a preference still falls brief of what we had anticipated, it is a good start.

While in this box we admire a sight operator, it does not indispensably meant we determine with a measures it announced. In fact, we consider they are impractical.

Restrictions, in my opinion, would advantage all if unsentimental usually during rush-hours when cyclists can be a bother to other passengers. It’s entirely distinct if all bikes, including folding ones, are criminialized during rush-hours when all carriages are jam-packed with commuters.

When we ride with my folding bike on a train, we always equivocate those hours for fear of inconveniencing other sight passengers.

After rush-hours, regulations should be some-more stretchable for all kinds of bikes.

It should be remarkable that a night anathema is too oppressive for cyclists as 10pm is a bit too late when we know many trains are utterly fine from 8.30pm on.

I would like to note that bad government can also be a source of inconvenience. we am referring to a sidelined idea from a cycling village that a sight user yield a standing-only carriage that prioritises two-wheelers, yet also welcomes other passengers who determine to share a space.

This idea merits critical care and we wish a user will delicately investigate feedback and adjust regulations to be some-more picturesque and useful. My defence also relates to a MRT.

Reviewing a magnitude is required given a fact that cycling has gained importance, with some-more and some-more people branch to it as an choice mode of ride in a city with scandalous trade and a bad sight system.

Don’t forget that this environmentally-friendly mode of ride also promotes a use of open transport, as advertised by both a Skytrain and subterraneous system. The electric sight complement provides a couple that enables people to strech their workplace on a other side of a city with their bicycles.

Not to discuss that cycling is a flagship process of this city’s administration that introduced cycling infrastructure, even yet doing leaves a lot to be desired. A vital ambuscade is a approach it treats cycling as a hobby or traveller activity, not as a mode of transport. The city’s bad doing gives a bad picture to cyclists as many residents seem to consider cycling belongs in enclosed areas like open parks.

It’s time for a city to scold that perception. For this reason, we consider a city should intercede between a sight operators and cyclists to strech a improved resolution.

While a new regulations prove that a BTS has recognized a significance of this mode of transportation, we consider it’s time for a BTS to change a process banning cyclists from regulating lifts, that are already scarce. A confidence ensure once told me he was educated by his supervisors to usually open rises to people in wheelchairs (he refused to practice settlement per people in need). This is not right.

I make this call not only for a advantage or payoff of cyclists, yet for a reserve of other passengers. Imagine if a cyclist incidentally let go of his or her bike when climbing adult or down a high stairs. There would certainly be casualties and we don’t wish that to happen.

It’s still a prolonged approach before this multitude embraces cycling as a approach of life, creation it a protected and unsentimental mode of transportation. But we need a good start and a BTS user might play a pivotal role.

Article source: http://www.bangkokpost.com/opinion/opinion/1011409/bts-bike-rules-good-start-but-still-fall-short

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