If you have ever been a pedestrian in Bangkok, you have probably wished, like me, that the sidewalks and footpaths were exclusively for people on foot. Why can’t they be more like the sidewalks in Singapore that are wide and clear of any obstructions. In Thailand they are often used by motorcycles, parked cars, street vendors and shops/restaurants to extend their premises. The sign above says it’s illegal to park or drive on the sidewalk. The fine is 5,000 Baht. But, as you can see by this picture, no-one cares as laws in Thailand often go unenforced.
These two pictures show how much space is left for pedestrians. In the picture above, motorcycles are parked under a BTS Skytrain station. In the picture below, street vendors force a pedestrian to walk on the road. I think we have all seen worse than this. But now, with the power of social media, there is something we can do. That is take pictures and share on Facebook and Twitter. All of these pictures were tweeted by an excellent new site called @mydearfootpath
The Bangkok governor always liked saying “Together We Can”. Well, we can here too. If you have pictures of the sidewalk being blocked in Bangkok, take a picture and upload it to the My Dear Footpath Facebook page. Also share on your own social media accounts. You can also sign a petition that calls for the sidewalks in Bangkok to be returned to the pedestrians. Visit Change.org and add your own name to this petition.