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A dedicated cyclist, Toto Suite is building a cycling movement, Bike 2 Work, to reduce air pollution and improve urban transport in Indonesia.
Toto has loved cycling since he was young.
He learned to pedal from his cousin and already had his own bike when he was in fifth grade. He spent most of his time cycling, which often made his mother angry as he skipped Koran reading courses. Toto recalls that as a teenager, he courted his girlfriend by riding a bike instead of a car. Since he was little, he has been fond of sports and played on high school basketball teams from elementary school to university. He was often named the class leader at school, as he liked to coordinate events and was good at bringing people together. In high school he started mountain biking with his friends and has since been very active in mountain bike clubs.
In 1983, during his early years at university, he and his friends won a bicycle race. He studied machine engineering at the University of Indonesia, although he wanted to be an architect. However, shortly after graduating, he and his brother, an architect, set up an architectural consulting firm. One day in 2004, as he and his mountain bike club friends enjoyed the fresh air and mountain scenery, he faced the disturbing reality that unless things changed, his kids wouldn’t be able to enjoy the same surroundings as him. and your friends. . They all agreed to work with the 꽁머니 community to do something about the problems of traffic congestion and pollution and set themselves up as role models of social conscience cycling to work. Toto’s vision is to change the perception of bicycles as recreational or symbols of low social status and for people to take seriously the idea of bicycles as an alternative means of transport. Toto’s ambition is to create a global movement based on this premise and for Indonesia to serve as a model for the world.
The New Idea
Toto and his organization, Bike 2 Work (B2W), are raising awareness of the economic, health and environmental benefits of cycling for urban residents in Jakarta and other major cities in Indonesia. B2W’s aim is to present cycling as an easy and healthy means of transport, pushing local governments to create bike lanes and storage places, providing a motivational support network for cyclists and giving people access to safe, affordable and convenient bikes.
Toto is successfully bridging the gap between public issues such as pollution
and health issues and individual lifestyles by encouraging people to recognize their individual role in larger societal problems and to participate in collective action to solve those problems. He and the B2W community empowered people, motivating them to act on emissions pollution and energy problems by simply cycling and reducing city traffic. B2W acts as a useful network, connecting people with each other to share ideas and help make public and private use of bicycles more convenient, such as providing special bicycle parking at workplaces and collectively pressuring local governments to build bicycle lanes in the city. City Toto began his strategy to turn Jakarta into a cycling-friendly city by reaching out to the urban working poor, the group that still relies more on bicycles as a cheap mode of transport꽁머니
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