Is the Bike for Dad activity open to everyone? What if I could not ride the bicycle all the way through? Is there an age limit for participation?
People of all ages and gender can participate in the Bike for Dad activity. The activity is not a competition. You can choose to cycle any distance within the 29 km circuit. And if you get tired, you can rest anywhere along the way. Thais and foreigners alike are invited to participate in this activity to show their love and gratitude for His Majesty the King, whom Thais regard as the father of the land, as well as to their own fathers, to show solidarity and undivided unity of the Thai people, and — most importantly — for their own and their families’ good health.
What is the route for the Bike for Dad activity in central Bangkok?
The event starts from the Dusit Palace Plaza and will follow a 29-kilometer route passing many important landmarks and auspicious places. Details of the distance between each checkpoint can be found on the main page of the website.
My family and I would really like to have the Royal Commemorative Bike for Dad cycling jerseys. How can we get them?
His Royal Highness the Crown Prince has graciously granted yellow Bike for Dad jerseys to be handed out to participants of this event.
Do I have to buy a new bicycle to participate in the Bike for Dad activity?
No. You can use the bicycle you already have, or even borrow one. It can be old or new and whichever type — a racing bike, a mountain bike, a bike with a basket, a folding bike, a children’s bike, or any other kind. There is no need to buy a new one just to participate. Nonetheless, please make sure that the bicycle you are riding is in good condition and will not pose any danger to other cyclists.
The bike I have is rather old. What if it could not endure the ride all the way through?
The government has coordinated with agencies who have expertise in bicycle maintenance to set up service points along the route (details of which could be found in this website). You could bring your bike to any of those service points for a check-up and/or repair before the activity begins, so your bike will be in good condition and safe to ride (the sooner, the better). However,the possibility of replacing bicycle parts may be limited, particularly in cases where special kinds of parts may be required.
What if I get a flat tire or my bike malfunctions during the long-distance ride?
Mobile bicycle-maintenance units will accompany participants at various distances. These units will be able to help with minor repairs right away. If major repairs are needed, they will help bring your bike to one of the bicycle maintenance service points situated along the route. The main service points will better equipped to deal with more serious maintenance issues.
What if a person in poor health or an elderly person participating in the activity gets sick or injured during the ride?
Mobile medical units will accompany the cyclists, ready to respond to the sick, the injured, and anyone involved in an accident. In addition, there will be medical service stations set up along the route, as well as ambulances parked at strategic points, to provide participants with prompt medical assistance. When you register via www.bikefordad2015.com, it is vital to provide the requested medical details, such as your blood type, underlying diseases or chronic health conditions, and emergency contact information, to enable swift and effective assistance by medical staff.
What is the appropriate attire for this activity? What should I wear and what should I bring?
It is advisable to wear yellow – to celebrate Thailand’s Father’s Day. Long trousers and sports shoes are encouraged. You should also have safety gear, such as a bike helmet, a pair of cycling gloves, and transparent wind goggles. Your bike should have head and tail lights, as well as a bell. A backpack would be useful to carry personal effects, like your cell phone, medicine, or a raincoat. However, do not worry if you do not have all of the above-mentioned items; just wear yellow tops, put on helmets and sports shoes, and you are good to go.
Can foreigners participate in the Bike for Dad activity?
Foreigners can indeed participate in this activity. If you are a foreigner, you can register using your passport number instead of an ID card number. As for other registration details, you may need a Thai friend to help explain it to you.
Can people from other provinces participate in the Bike for Dad activity in Bangkok?
People from other provinces can participate in the Bangkok event. When they register via www.bikefordad2015.com, they should select “Bangkok” as their chosen activity area in the registration menu. Registrations made via provincial websites will apply to Bike for Dad activities in a partiuclar province.
Since it is possible that I may have to wait a long time before the start of the activity, do I need to bring my own water? Are restroom facilities available?
In designated activity areas, there will be service stations handing out snacks and water, available to all free of charge. Other facilities, such as restrooms, first-aid tents, and bicycle maintenance service points are also provided, as well as smaller service points set up along the entire route.
Can I collect the Royal Commemorative Mementos on a date and time other than the designated one?
Yes, by presenting your national identification card and proof of registration to an official.
If I cannot collect the Royal Commemorative Mementos between 28th – 29th November 2015, can I assign someone else to collect them on my behalf? If so, how?
You can assign another person to collect the Royal Commemorative Mementos. The assigned person must bring his or her national identification card and proof of registration to present to an official.
In case of group registration, can one assigned person obtain the Royal Commemorative Souvenirs for the whole group?
Yes. The assigned person must bring all registered persons’ national identification cards and each individual’s proofs of registration to present to an official.
For registered participants, please obtain your Royal Commemorative Mementos and cyclist identification card and label on the specified date, time, and place (shown during the registration process); a national identification card and a proof of registration are required.
The BIKE FOR DAD registration team is pleased to assist those who wish to receive the said items on different dates and times other than the designated ones, but the process may take time due to a large number of participants. Registered participants collecting their items according to the designated schedule will be given first priority. Thank you for your kind cooperation.
For more information call 1122