National Bike Day: A First for the Philippines and all Filipino Cyclists

The FIREFLY BRIGADE fully supports the petition to the Office of the President to proclaim the month of November as National Bicycle Month and Every Fourth Sunday of November thereafter as National Bicycle Day.

We are advocates of the use of the bicycle as a primary means of transportation and believe that if our city roads were transformed into a bicycle centered/non-motorized transportation centered society, more motorized vehicle-owners would leave their cars at home and be encouraged to come out and use their bicycles to work, to school and to run errands. Many of our citizens/road users would be happier, healthier, more social towards each other, and less stressed because they would be bike commuting on safer roads while not having to deal with traffic issues and air pollution.

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Are All Cyclists Eco-Friendly by Default?

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In a perfect world, we would all be environmentalists and we would all own and use bicycles to go around.  This might sound too utopic for some and indeed it could be. But if we would like to survive as a civilization, we would have to start today to think of all the things we can do to minimize our negative impact on the environment.  Sounds too serious, right? However, if  you are reading this, we could assume that somehow, you have thought of joining advocacies that push for the adoption of nature conservation.  You could already be a proud owner of a bike that perhaps you use to go on errands from time to time, or maybe, you even use it to bike to work.  Riding a bicycle, with all its simplicity and elegance as a machine, is an ideal way to proclaim your own way of being one with those who are already aware of their responsibility in contributing to nature conservation.

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Five Types of Cyclists You'll Find at the Tour of the Fireflies

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Images from various sources.

The annual Tour of the Fireflies gathers together thousands of cyclists not only from Metro Manila but also from all parts of the country and occasionally, from overseas.  It used to be held on the Sunday before the celebration of Earth Day on April 22.  For some reasons however, it was moved to November and for some reasons again, it might be moved back to its original date.  In the past years that it was held, the number of participants consistently grew exponentially and you could see that as more and more people were encouraged to bike, more and more people came to participate, and thus, the more complicated it became to organize. There were expats too, who were ony too glad to see how much we Filipinos love to bike. Some celebrities and beauty queens (Miss Earth) have also been spotted and why not, politicians who know how to take advantage of opportunities when they see one. But as with all kinds of events where people congregate to celebrate something, the Tour of the Fireflies became the venue of all kinds of cyclists (or even non-cyclists) who come show off themselves and their bikes or to look at others and their bikes as well.  Let us now look at five types of cyclists that you could find at every Tour of the Fireflies.

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5 Ways to Use the Bicycle Other than for Transport

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Image from here.

The machines we usually have at home today are most often than not, powered by electricity. Our civilization has definitely come a long way from horse-drawn or manually operated machines that milled the rice we cooked or wheat we baked. Electricity will always be the preferred power source when it comes to running the machines that make our life easier and better. However, for those who want to live off the grid, there are alternative power sources that can provide clean and efficient energy and don’t need fossil fuel as their ultimate power source. We can call it pedal power, or to put it in another way, we use the bicycle to power simple machines that we could use for our daily activities.

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