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Cycling a healthy alternative for Idul Fitri exodus

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    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta | Thu, June 15, 2017 | 01:05 pm
Cycling a healthy alternative for Idul Fitri exodus Illustration of a cycling race. As part of an effort to reduce traffic during the exodus, the Bike to Work (B2W) Indonesia community has come up with a unique program called #GowesMudik2017 (Exodus Cycling 2017) thatĀ invites revelers to make their way home using a bicycle. (Shutterstock/File)

Stories of people being stuck in traffic for hours, even days, during the Idul Fitri exodus are nothing new. After all, it is the time when families seek to be reunited in their hometowns to celebrate the festive occasion together.

As part of an effort to reduce traffic during the exodus, the Bike to Work (B2W) Indonesia community has come up with a unique program called #GowesMudik2017 (Exodus Cycling 2017) that invites revelers to make their way home using a bicycle.

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“Fifty-five cyclists will participate in the Idul Fitri exodus; some will travel on their own and some in groups,” said B2W Indonesia head Poetoet Soedarjanto, adding that bicycles can serve as an alternative mode of transportation.

It is possible to cycle a large distance while fasting, he said.

“This program is open for everyone. #GowesMudik2017 also proves that fasting shouldn’t be a reason for lazing around and being unproductive,” he added.

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Poetoet himself will cycle with five friends to Madiun, East Java. The trip will take five or six days and they plan to leave on June 16.

“We’re going to take some time during the trip to rest and explore several tourist destinations [along the way], such as Api Abadi Mrapen Blora, Ungaran and Ambarawa,” he said. (kes)

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