Indonesia’s President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono will send off a group of 15 cyclists on a 20-day cross-nation trip from Jakarta to Bali on November 11, 2007.
Designed to underline Indonesia's support for the coming United Nations Forum on Climate Change (UNFCCC) to be held in Bali December 3-14, 2007, the bicyclists will travel 1,433 kilometers covering an average 72 kilometers each day as the group visits 40 cities along the route.
In support of the cyclists the government will provide accommodation and other assistance along the entire route, including organizing tree plantings and activities to promote the popularity of cycling as an alternative to fossil-fueled vehicles as a means of transportation.
The Bike to Work (B2W) movement in Indonesia has 7,000 registered members, with 4,000 members in Jakarta alone.
The cross-country cyclists are expected to arrive in Bali on November 30 at which time they will hoist the U.N. flag to welcome the more than 10,000 participants expected to come to the island to participate in the UNFCCC.
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