Summarized recommendation to governor of Chiang Mai, November 24, 2014

Summarized recommendation to governor of Chiang Mai

on Traffic System for safety of cyclists in Chiang Mai City

Monday 24 November 2014 at Chiang Mai City hall

Chiang Mai City used to have bike-lane on many roads. But the city failed to impose ban of parking on those roads. This led to fear of daily commuting by bike among new bike-commuters, especially among parents of school children to allow them to bike to school. Bike-routes failed accordingly to be employed sustainably. Chiang Mai Sunday Cycling Club(CSCC), therefore, recommended three new strategic bike-routes on one-way traffic roads on condition that cyclists can commute two-way and always keep-left in normal traffic system of the country. On the one hand only cyclists can commute contra-flow along the provided bike-lane to return to their starting point or to their destination in as short distance as possible. This cycling traffic system gives good incentive to all existing cyclists and to new bike-commuters, if public relation for common understanding is sufficiently undertaken. On the other hand Chiang Mai traffic police does not have to control parking ban on the anticipated bike-lane because the parking on the same road side has been already banned. CSCC used to demonstrate how commuting contra-flow is safe and attractive for cycling in Chiang Mai city to mass-media personal and also to traffic police. On April 6, 2009 the three strategic bike-routes were opened in use according to declaration paper by highest police commander of Chiang Mai.

To the governor of Chiang Mai on November 24, 2014 CSCC recommends for daily commuting by bike in Chiang Mai city as fallows;

1. Restore the three strategic bike-routes with installation of full and clear traffic signs at the beginning, at the end and along every bike-route.

2. Decide that the whole area inside the city-moat, which is daily destination for Chiang Mai inhabitants to go to work, to school and for visiting historical and religious sites by all tourists, is a special area of safest cycling. Commuting drivers of all motorized vehicles must pay most attention to all cyclists. Measures to be employed are cited hereunder;

2.1 Bicycle-road(as Fietstraat or Fahrradstrasse) would be applied on the whole area of the city-moat except those roads which are already under the strategic bike-routes.

2.2 Impose a speed limit at 30 km/hr for motorized vehicle in the city-moat area. Cyclists have high priority on the bicycle-roads while motorized vehicles are traffic-guests.

2.3 The only surrounding road in the city-moat is divided in two-speed roads. The most inner half employs a speed limit at 30 km/hr. The outer half employs 40 km/hr to connect journey to certain roads outside the city-moat.

3. It is recommended the governor, the mayor and the high Chiang Mai police commander agree and commit decision policy in recommendation 2. This would provides at each entry road into the city-moat a banner saying " Be ware, the City-Moat is special safe area for all cyclists".

The governor mentioned that pedestrian along the city-canal on both sides should be studied for feasibility to be used as special bike-lanes around the city-moat.

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