Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha announced last night that his government will support construction of bicycle lanes around the country.
"I would like people to pay more attention to cycling for exercise. Cycling provides a very good form of exercise, whether one does it as part of daily commute or as exercise," Prayut said during his weekly TV programme Returning Happiness to People in the Country.
"The government has a policy to support this. We will promote the creation of safe bike routes for cyclists, and expand the coverage of such routes into all regions.
"These routes may be linked together to form commuting, tourism or exercise routes."
He said cycling could be used to promote activities like adventure tourism, scenic excursions and eco-tourism.
"These routes should be created in every province and in all locales," he said.
"I ask that provincial governors and officials of all ministries see to this in their own locales. The Ministry of Interior will likely be the main driver for this task."