Nine Indonesian cyclists will travel 1,350 kilometers through 12 cities to promote an environmental campaign.
The campaign was initiated by environmental media “Greeners” through a “Journalism on Bike” program which will be launched on Saturday in Jakarta.
The 12-city tour will start from Jakarta, and cycle through West Java Province (Puncak, Bandung, Tasikmalaya), Central Java (Banyumas) and Yogyakarta Special Region Province. From there it will go to East Java Province (Ngawi, Jombang and Probolinggo, Situbondo), to conclude in Bali Province (Negara and Denpasar), Chairman of Journalism on Bike Committee, Syaiful Rochman, announced at a press conference.
The nine cyclists are members of cycling communities in Bandung, West Java, and have been trained to produce environmental journalism work since 2013.
However, the nine cyclists will only make reports in nine of the 12 cities they travel through. These are Puncak, Bandung, Tasikmalaya and Yogyakarta, along with Ngawi, Jombang, Probolinggo, and Denpasar, Syaiful said.
Some environmental topics will be reported on, such as River Ciliwung Hulu Community in Puncak, waste power plants community in Bandung and illegal sand mining in Tasikmalaya.
The nine cyclists comprise two journalists, two photographers, two college students, and three technical assistants, “Journalism on Bike” technical team coordinator Goestarmono, said.
The Journalism on Bike program was also supported by the Indonesia’s Bike To Work community that was a pioneer in encouraging the public to use bicycles more in their daily activities.
Chairman of Indonesia’s Bike To Work, Toto Sugito, expected the program to inspire more people to save the environment.
“I hope we can inspire the public through the use of bicycles, and I hope the next generation will be able to live more green for better Indonesia,” said Toto.