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Bamboo bike movement seeks to revitalize Indonesian village

Jessicha Valentina
Jessicha Valentina

The Jakarta Post

Jakarta | Thu, May 18, 2017 | 04:38 pm
Bamboo bike movement seeks to revitalize Indonesian village

Spedagi bamboo bicycles are set to be showcased in the Netherlands on August 23 to 31. (Spedagi's website/File)

Spedagi, short for Sepeda Pagi (Morning Bike), is a type of bicycle constructed from bamboo and originating from Temanggung regency, Central Java.

Founded by award-winning designer Singgih Susilo Kartono, the bamboo bicycle is set to be showcased in the Netherlands on Aug. 23 to 31.

Singgih told The Jakarta Post via WhatsApp that a bike tour, as part of the Spedagi Movement, will feature 17 cyclists, eight destinations and 45 "historical moments" in the Netherlands.

“The historical moments will be shared to Indonesians via a photo exhibition, videos and social media,” he said, explaining that the number was chosen to commemorate Indonesian Independence Day.

In regard to the venue, Singgih said that the Netherlands was chosen due to its long history with Indonesia and cycling culture.

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Spedagi founder Singgih Susilo Kartono poses in front of his office in Kandangan village, Temanggung regency, Central Java. (Spedagi/File)

The Spedagi Movement carries a mission to support village revitalization programs.

Singgih, the founder of wooden product brand Magno, is currently working to develop the local community in Kandangan village.

The Spedagi Movement, Singgih said, aims to attract the young generation to live and work at the village.

“Unlike the government’s village [empowerment] program, the Spedagi Movement approaches the younger generation through creative and inspiring activities,” he said.

The Spedagi Movement will also take its activities to Jakarta on May 21 during Car Free Day. Meanwhile, on July 1 to 2, Spedagi bicycles will be brought to Papringan traditional market in Temanggung, East Java. (kes)