His Majesty the King graces the “Happy and Healthy Bike Lane” inauguration
Today (23 November 2018) at 17.00 hours, His Majesty the King arrived at Suvarnabhumi Airport to grace the official inauguration of the Happy and Healthy Bike Lane at Bang Phli District, Samut Prakan Province.
Upon arrival at the bike lane, His Majesty the King was welcomed by Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha, Sumut Prakan Governor Mr. Chatchai Uthaipan, Airports of Thailand PCL Chairman of the Board of Directors Mr. Prasong Poontaneat, Siam Commercial Bank Chairman of the Board of Directors Mr. Anand Panyarachun, Chairman of the Executive Committee Dr. Vichit Suraphongchai, and senior officials.
After His Majesty the King proceeded to the ceremonial pavilion, Airports of Thailand Chairman Mr. Prasong Poontaneat reported details and background on the construction of the Happy and Healthy Bike Land to His Majesty the King. Then, the Airports of Thailand Chairman summoned bike lane sponsors to present donations to His Majesty the King for charitable purposes, including Siam Commercial Bank Chairman of the Executive Committee Dr. Vichit Suraphongchai, who also presented a Happy and Healthy Bike Lane booklet, Airports of Thailand President Mr. Nitinai Sirismatthakarn, and other sponsors. His Majesty the King then proceeded to the ceremonial podium to press a button to open the Happy and Healthy Bike Lane and planted a commemorative Ruang Phung or Yellow Star tree. In celebration of the bike lane’s inauguration, His Majesty the King led a bike procession before departing.
By way of background, the Happy and Healthy Bike Lane name was gracefully bestowed by His Majesty the King. With a total distance of 23.5 kilometers, the bike lane incorporates the best of world-class standards, with a blue lane for general users and a purple lane for more experienced bikers. The bike lane also features a 1.6-kilometer short distance bike lane, a parallel running track of the same distance, and a bike lane for children. In addition, the project is well-equipped with facilities, comprising a parking space with security system, a 1.2-kilometer bridge to link the car park and bike lane, an emergency medical center, shops selling and renting bicycles, bicycle equipment and accessories, and food and drink to accommodates bikers and the public.
The bike lane aims to promote awareness of the benefits of exercise and good health among the public. It also offers activities for the good cause of the environment and society. The bike lane will hold regular events to allow bikers and the public to enjoy happy experiences and good health, living up to its name – Happy and Healthy Bike Lane. The bike lane is open to the public free of charge.
As a vehicle for corporate social responsibility, the Happy and Healthy Bike Lane was developed and constructed by Airports of Thailand PCL and Siam Commercial Bank, with generous sponsorship from True Corporation PCL, Thai Beverage PCL, PTT PCL, Indorama Ventures PCL, Gulf Energy Development PCL, Bangkok Dusit Medical Services PCL, Mr. Richard Li, Bangchak Corporation PCL, and Samitivej Co., Ltd.