Cycling in BangkokPlanning to ride a bicycle in Bangkok ? Go ahead, it has been done before.
This page is intended to elongate your life and get you around a bit easier.
Bangkok has a second-level bicycle track. However, you will not be able to avoid the less enjoyable, larger ground-level roads, where you fight heavy traffic. Luckily, you don't spend much time on these: With the right route, you reach your destination faster than other vehicles.
People who come from outside Bangkok (like me) would want to combine bike and some sort of motorized transport, so below comes Thailand's first Park & Ride Page !
Park and Ride
|Shop||My Comment||Where ?||Phone|
|Probike||Importer. Top-quality stuff, good selection. Organizing bike events. A bit expensive.||North of Lumphini Park||253-3384, 254-1077|
|Saengthong Bicycles||Excellent service, honest, low prices. Best overall reputation.||Prachakaj Rd, Nonthaburi||525-1789, 526-4664|
|Cannasia||Everything Cannondale. Rare items, cool owner.||Near Nana junction||253-3454, 01-332-8687|
|Viwat Bike||Moderate prices, rare items||Phahon Yothin Rd||552-8583, 972-3934|
|World Bike||Importer. Huge selection, odd parts, bargains. Take their good service but not their advice.||Ram Inthra Rd||946-4117-9, 510-1041|
|Sahapatt Bicycle||Moderate prices||check GPS||447-0169, 879-4259|
|Lan Luang Bikeshop||Medium quality, lowest prices||Worachak / Chinatown||221-3775, 221-8545|
Cycling in a Motorized SocietyBangkok traffic police gives a cyclist very little trouble. Maybe they believe that cyclists can really make a difference, reduce air pollution, noise and traffic jams - or maybe, I'm just dreaming.
Most motorists however believe that bicycles are toys and these should not be used on busy roads. If you insist on using their roads, people still won't hit you directly, but expect that they horn you, stare at you (at night with the high beam), force you to yield, go dangerously close, cut across your way, shout at you or even throw things at you.
If an accident happens and the motorist cares to stop, he will jump up and say "Why do you play your bicycle on the road ? You know how dangerous this is !".