I started riding my mountain bike with the Puspa Cycling Club in mid-2000. The club is a loose knit group of bikers ( great guys) who meet every Saturday morning to ride bikes in the Cibubur area. We usually ride for 3+ hours and cover a distance of 30-40km, depending on weather etc. The routes go through various kampungs( villages), rice paddies, bamboo groves and open areas. Over the years many of the trails have been paved or covered with housing developments. But luckily, many of the bamboo bridges across the Cikeas river have survived.
I have seen 4 or 5 of the bridges over the years, some we cross every week, but from reading "The Jakarta Hike & Bike Guide" by Geoff Bennett, I knew that there were many other bridges. I was not sure how many were still there, since Geoff's book was written in 1998 a lot has changed in the area. Geoff included two very detailed maps of the Cibubur area, including the locations of the bridges. I simply scaled the position of the bridges on the map and input the location into my trusty GPS (never go biking without it)
This sounded easy enough, just follow the GPS to the bridge, photograph it and move on to the next one. This assumption was incorrect. Since I did not know how accurate the position was on the map, I could not always be sure if I was in the right place. Sometimes I had to ride a few kilometers back to the last bridge, cross, and ride back on the other side to make sure I did not miss the bridge. In most cases it was not there any longer. (It turned out that the map was very accurate.) Plus, many of the bridges are on obscure foot paths, and housing developments have been built beside them, making them hard to find. So I spent a total of three 5 hour sessions on my bike finding as many of the bridges as I could. It was a very worthwhile experience and I saw even more of the Cibubur area that I had not ridden before.
I have never met Geoff, but many thanks to him for the great maps and explanations about some of the bridges. I have used his book as a reference for many of the bridge names.
I have grouped the images for each bridge below and put a number of comments on the individual pages, enjoy.