Norwegian ambassador cycles to office

... it is my favorite activity, and I still ride cycle. Norwegian people love cycling very much... "
Jakarta (ANTARA News) - Ambassador of Norway for Indonesia Stig Traavik sometimes prefers to choose cycling rather than driving a car to his office in Jakarta in order to stay healthy.

"I like cycling very much because it is my favorite activity, and I still ride cycle. Norwegian people love cycling very much," Traavik said here on Monday.

Traavik along with Norwegian Counselor Per Kristian Roer had attended the inauguration ceremony of National Initiative: The Protection and Recognition of Indigenous People through REDD+ in Vice Presidents Palace.

His hobby of cycling had drawn attention from the media because he had attached the cycle behind his parked official car while attending the ceremony.

Traavik stated that cycling can also help reduce pollution in Jakarta.

The ambassador said he felt safe and comfortable when cycling from his residence to the office even though no special tracks are available for bicycles, and he was forced to compete with other vehicles.

"The weather in Jakarta is very different from Norway. Jakarta is very hot, while Norway is cold. The weather, however, has not prevented me for cycling," Traavik remarked.

He expressed hope that Jakarta could have a bicycle track, thus encouraging people to cycle from their home to office, thus reducing pollutants also.

"Although the Jakarta administration has to invest in constructing bicycle track, it will be a good idea to reduce the use of motorcycles and decrease pollution," Traavik added. 

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