Public Accessibility

[Bangkok Footpath Review] Accessible, Safe, and High Standard!

ภาพ ซาบะอยู่บนทางเท้า มีรถมอเตอร์ไซด์อยู่ใกล้ๆ

June 4, 2023 The Yellow Line BTS (Skytrain) has started its operation. I saw locals trying it out and having fun, so I decided to give it a try as well. However, I know what I’d like to see. I didn’t have much time, so I couldn’t explore the footpath below Hua Mak Station extensively. Based on my observation, “We have excellent footpaths that are convenient, safe, and of high standards!” — #BangkokActNOW

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Chulalongkorn University Survey: discussing solutions for better accessibility

ภาพ คณะสำรวจกำลังเดินไปตามทาง

Equal access to educational is a key to independent self-development and a major driving force in society and the country. During the last few years, we have been pushing work to promote equal access to educational. Surveying the facilities at Chulalongkorn University with undergraduate students, we have been running “ChulaWalk” projects together. And on the same time, the university executive board currently has policies and funding for improving the university’s environment.

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The quality of life and public safety of a citizen…

A fellow friend of mine was recently hit a jackpot by having an (necessary) accident while he was about to step down from ill-built pedestrian cross bridge, making his rib broken severely. The district’s authority soon came to repair it, after the incident went viral. I was even more surprised by the quality of work repair. You can compare the before-and-after image. What an awful, careless job.

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When a grandpa has to walk to the hospital!

Our friends sent us this image and narrated a sad story that he had to bring her dad to the hospital but the parking wasn’t available. With conditions, she had to drop him off far away and let him walked to the hospital! Visiting the hospital is a basic human rights. Yet many of us still can’t have it due to poor footpath, an unrestricted street vendors, and many physical barriers in our city. Simply walking on a footpath in Bangkok, if not the whole Thailand, remains a challenging activity. There are problems everywhere, you name it.

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The comparison between Bangkok’s brand-new pavement and Japan old-aged pacement, at a subway entrance

I recently got this pic. The width of Bangkok’s pavement is next to nothing. While the Tokyo city built since 36 years ago and offers you very wide even a car can run on. An image is worth million words. This kind of scene has prevailed in Thai society for too long. Why didn’t we see much improvements at all? Why we’re still underdeveloped, and let this non-sense takes over our city and our life?

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Public space with superb cleanliness, comfortable, safe, and totally accessible for all.

The vast majority of public space of Bangkok or perhaps, the whole country of Thailand, is still extremely inaccessible and uncomfortable, and certainly not safe enough for people’s life. This short video reflects the statement clearly, with no doubt, and also manifests that it is far worse for wheelchair user. This is what happens in real life. With highly unwalkable footpath, the PWDs, including myself, we have no choice but to step down onto the road surface along with fellow vehicles. The urban development and public space design must be built in coincidence with the expansion of public transportations. Indeed, …

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