Opinion: Bangkok's Super Skywalk will be Heaven On Earth

SHARE:

Bangkok has decided to build a super skywalk, an elevated walkway to allow pedestrians to avoid the whole chaos on the pavement down below. ...

Bangkok has decided to build a super skywalk, an elevated walkway to allow pedestrians to avoid the whole chaos on the pavement down below. It's an excellent idea which will make the walking experience of Bangkokians better.

By Karn G. Bulsuk



A pavement in developed countries is used for walking on. In Bangkok, the casual observer could swear that it was designed for everything else but pedestrians, filled with road side stalls, food carts, pot holes and motorcycles racing on the footpath trying to avoid the city's hopeless traffic.

In a bid to provide people actual walking space, the local administration decided to build a "super walkway", an elevated walkway covering 50 kilometers of the city's congested roads. It's not a new idea - there's already several kilometers of elevated walkway covering the central shopping district, sitting below the BTS skytrain system and linking a whole chain of shopping malls together.

I think it's a great project. The pavement is hopeless and to be fair, there are tens of thousands of people who depend on selling stuff on the street to make a living. It would seem unlikely that the government could muster enough political will to either evict thousands of vendors, or to implement a Singapore-styled model where all street vendors are put together in hawker centres.

Walking up higher than the road also helps to make the walk easier and less intoxicating, avoiding most of the fumes that cars and 50 year old buses belch out. It's also simply faster, as existing sky walks are well maintained, meaning there are no open drain covers, pot holes or any of the other hazards associated with Bangkok walking.

The only problem is whether the government will be able to keep the street hawkers and other vendors from moving upstairs, otherwise the sky walk would become another congested problem in itself. Let's hope they do.

COMMENTS

Name

5-why advertising analysis anime apple aria articles asian business culture Australia bangkok blackberry business case study china coaching commentary communication consulting corruption cost cutting creative commons crisis CSR culture customer service deming disruptive download editorial education environment ethics expatriate fishbone diagram food genchi genbutsu generation y hansei harvard business review hong kong Horenso information interesting clips internet iphone IT Audit japan kaizen KPS Video Express laos leadership lean live in bangkok like a local management marketing Melbourne mieruka movie new year obituary opinion opportunity PDCA personal reflections photo essay photography poster project management proposal published quality control quotes research review sales saving money segmentation self reflection shared singapore social media software piracy standard chartered status teaching technology telecoms thai floods thailand the hong kong I remember The Toyota Way thought leadership threat toyota toyota production system travel venice Virtual Tour Visuals wallchart wikicommons Wikipedia working
false
ltr
item
Karn G. Bulsuk: Full Speed Ahead: Opinion: Bangkok's Super Skywalk will be Heaven On Earth
Opinion: Bangkok's Super Skywalk will be Heaven On Earth
http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-_pPxftubzzE/TXCIJ_i6_tI/AAAAAAAAAng/C72-eNQ-8qA/s400/bangkok-hawker-stalls.JPG
http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-_pPxftubzzE/TXCIJ_i6_tI/AAAAAAAAAng/C72-eNQ-8qA/s72-c/bangkok-hawker-stalls.JPG
Karn G. Bulsuk: Full Speed Ahead
http://www.bulsuk.com/2011/03/opinion-bangkoks-super-skywalk-will-be.html
http://www.bulsuk.com/
http://www.bulsuk.com/
http://www.bulsuk.com/2011/03/opinion-bangkoks-super-skywalk-will-be.html
true
1176442693905561237
UTF-8
No posts found VIEW ALL Read more Reply Cancel reply Delete By Home PAGES POSTS View All RECOMMENDED FOR YOU LABEL ARCHIVE SEARCH ALL POSTS No matching posts found Back Home Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat January February March April May June July August September October November December Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec just now 1 minute ago $$1$$ minutes ago 1 hour ago $$1$$ hours ago Yesterday $$1$$ days ago $$1$$ weeks ago more than 5 weeks ago Followers Follow THIS IS PREMIUM CONTENT Please share to unlock Copy All Code Select All Code All codes were copied to your clipboard Unable to copy code / text, please press [CTRL]+[C] (or CMD+C with Mac) to copy