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Cycling: Linkage between a Macro Policy and a Micro policy

Cycling: Linkage between a Macro Policy and a Micro policy

October 2013

In late 2012, the 5th National Health Assembly reached a resolution on “supportive systems and structures for walking and cycling in daily living”. Under the resolution, it proposes the government work out a strategic plan and support organizations, especially local administrative organizations, in seriously encouraging daily walking and cycling. The resolution was proposed to the National Health Commission on August 16, 2013. Prof Dr Thongchai Phansawat, head of the technical working group, reported the resolution to the commission. The resolution has now been forwarding to the cabinet.

This is to propose a resolution of the National Health Assembly upwards to the government that has authority to support its implementation. Some parties call such an attempt “macro policy driving”.

We also realize that the resolution should be simultaneously proposed downwards in the “micro policy driving” manner. Therefore, the National Health Commission Office prepares mechanisms to follow up the implementation of the resolution. It will find out which parties are developing systems to support everyday walking and cycling. The findings will be shared so that lessons will be drawn and communicated to general people and daily walking and cycling can be promoted more publicly and seriously.

Actually many organizations, government offices and communities are promoting walking and cycling in everyday life. The Nonthaburi municipality is an example. Nonthaburi mayor Somnuek Thanadechakul is actively supporting the campaign. He informed the National Health Commission that about 1,000 bicycle parking lots were built throughout the municipality. In Roi Et province, a recent provincial health assembly emphasized daily cycling and concrete campaigns happen in Thawatchaburi district. The Nakhon Sawan municipality spent on building bicycle lanes on streets and in a public park at the center of Nakhon Sawan province. Bicycle touring in Koh Lanta district of Krabi province has been well-known nationwide. Meanwhile, the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration is promoting cycling on many occasions and its campaigns included a cycling activity on the Car Free Day on September 22.

We believe that the micro policy driving will prompt macro policymakers to realize the real power in the society and seriously take part in the promotion of walking and cycling in daily living.

Amphon Jindawatthana 
Secretary General 
National Health Commission