Partial Ban of Bicycles on the Skytrain

June 14, 2016

bike on skytrain

Starting from 1st August 2016, full-sized bicycles will be banned from the Skytrain in Bangkok during peak hours. This announcement was inevitable. The skytrain carriages have been so crowded over the last few years that there has been little spare room for passengers, let alone bikes. I know some cyclists did their best to avoid rush hour and only use their carriage at the far end. However, some tour groups brought their customers onto the skytrain which obviously caused problems for everyone. One time I saw a group of eight cyclists in one carriage. Complaints about this kind of behaviour, and of course overcrowding, has led to to a ban. Though fortunately, it is not an outright ban like on the MRT Subway.

Starting from 1st August, you can only take full-sized bikes on the skytrain during these times:

Weekdays: 6:00 a.m. to 6:30 a.m. and 10:00 p.m. until close of service
Weekends: 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. and 10 p.m. until close of service.

This means you CANNOT take your bicycle on the train during the day between 6:30 a.m. and 10:00 p.m. on weekdays and between 9:00 a.m. and 10 p.m. at the weekend. However, folding bikes are allowed on the train at all times.

4 Responses to Partial Ban of Bicycles on the Skytrain

  1. Jim
    June 14, 2016 at 9:54 am

    Even without bicycles, the sky trains are incredibly over crowded during peak hours. I have never understood why the easy solution of adding a fifth car is not done. This would make commuting by train more comfortable for everyone and may allow bicycles on board during off-peak hours.

  2. Edward Lewis
    June 14, 2016 at 12:11 pm

    I have yet to see anyone with a bicycle on the Sky Train. As crowded as the trains have become I can imagine that would cause quite a disruption. I am pleased with the ban as my luck would probably run out.

  3. Ray
    June 14, 2016 at 5:45 pm

    They should just charge them for taking the bikes on. I nearly daily use the BTS with my bicycle and not being able to do so from Aug 1st will cause me huge problems.

    Maybe we should Thanks Co V Kessel for screwing all this up!

  4. Karyn
    June 15, 2016 at 10:42 am

    Unfortunate for the bikers but I think this was inevitable, given the crowding. Maybe the trains are the one place where people (pedestrians) will have priority!

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