About the Author: Nicholas Throckmorton serves with the Environment, Science, Technology and Health Unit at the U.S. Embassy in Jakarta, Indonesia.
U.S. Ambassador Scot Marciel, Jakarta Governor Fauzi Bowo, and Norwegian Ambassador Eivind Homme invited local citizen groups and embassy employees to "Bike the Road to a Greener Future" yesterday, October 31. Through this event, Ambassador Marciel promoted individual efforts to reduce carbon emissions as well as highlighted U.S. EPA's clean air partnership with Jakarta City and the United States' support of the Indonesia-Norway $1 billion REDD+ effort to reduce deforestation. In addition, the Jakarta city government will work closely with citizen groups to promote bicycle commuting. Embassy Jakarta invited the public and media to highlight this initiative, which was spiced up by street performers and musical acts. The event capitalized upon the city's Sunday morning “Car Free Day” where the city closes its main boulevard to encourage citizens to run, walk and bike.
Additional photos are available on the embassy's website.