JAKARTA (Antara): President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono on Sunday saw off cyclists who will travel from Jakarta to Bali as part of a campaign on the climate change.
At the start held in the National Monument square, Yudhoyono gave the Red and White flags to the participating cyclists in the 1447-kilometer long trip.
“I encourage our brothers to promote cycling as it has a lot of advantages including saving the earth,” he said.
Meanwhile, State Minister for the Environment Rahmat Witoelar said the trip, dubbed Bicycle for Earth Goes to Bali, started from Sunday to Dec. 1, 2007, to greet the UN Conference on Climate Change to be held from Dec.3 to 14, 2007 in Bali.
The cycling event is participated in by 50 cyclists consisting of 15 participants of the main team who will be running the Jakarta-Bali route and 35 members of cycling communities from cities where they will pass through.The routes are Jakarta, Karawang, Pamanukan, Cirebon, Tegal, Pekalongan, Semarang, Yogyakarta, Solo, Madiun, kertosono, Surabaya, Probolinggo, Situbondo, Banyuwangi, Tabanan, Denpasar, and Nusadua