“There were a lot of people who locked their bikes there, and then they moved out and forgot about them,” said David Chin-Fei Wang, 28, who saw scores of abandoned, old bikes lying around when he was living in a hutong.
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Not wanting them to go to waste,
Wang cleaned the bikes up and reassembled them, giving them a new chance at life.
One day, when Wang picked up an aluminum tube, he suddenly had an idea and wondered if he could substitute aluminum frames with bamboo.
After making a prototype, he found that it was surprisingly simple. He then quit his job and launched two-day workshops called Bamboo Bicycle Beijing (BBB) to teach people how to make their own bamboo bikes.
However, he found in his research that “there’s emphasis on car ownership in China not only as a logistical means, but also a social means,” for example:
- A man cannot go to his friend’s wedding unless he rents a BMW.
- Those who ride bikes to work are looked down on by their peers.
Also, lack of security to lock up bikes in Beijing was one of the concerns for people who don’t usually ride bikes.
Despite knowing the difficulties, his goal is to change the concept of mobility, and he hopes people can form a community to revive the biking subculture through making bamboo bicycles.