The Birth of the Fireflies

The Birth of the Fireflies

The Firefly Brigade is a non-stock, non-profit, and SEC-registered citizen’s volunteer action group formed in 1999 to work for clean air and a...

Get Involved

Get Involved

The Firefly Brigade is a group composed of dedicated and fun-loving members and volunteers that embody the Firefly Spirit: An infectious love...

Promoting Safety on the Road for Cyclists

Promoting Safety on the Road for Cyclists

  (This multi-part article examines the complex issue of safety in bicycling on city streets. This is the first in the series.) A...

The TOF Marshals

The TOF Marshals

    WHAT IS A TOUR OF THE FIREFLIES MARSHAL? Marshals are volunteers who shepherd the peloton (bicycle caravan) at the Tour of the...

2014 Monthly CMR Schedule

  Jan 19 - - The Happy Ride Feb 16 - - The Love Ride Mar 15 - - Padyak Para sa TakTak Apr 27 - - EDSA Bike...

The ToF Through the Years

The ToF Through the Years

  Year Logo Theme Venue Route No. of Participants 2013 15th Tour of the...

Our Advocacies

Our Advocacies

  The Firefly Brigade actively promotes the bicycle as a sustainable form of transportation. Our main advocacies are: Organize Critical...

Top 5 Positive Actions You Can Do To Promote Bike-To-Work in Your Office

Top 5 Positive Actions You Can Do To Promote Bike-To-Work in Your Office

1. If you already own a bike and you think you have enough biking skills to defend yourself on the road, go ahead and start biking to work today, or...

Top 5 Reasons Why You Are Not Riding Your Bike to Work

Top 5 Reasons Why You Are Not Riding Your Bike to Work

It’s not easy to bike to work and indeed there are many issues and concerns that have to be addressed and resolved before anyone who has enough...

Had Enough of Awareness?

Had Enough of Awareness?

(Photo courtesy of Mr. Edmund Baranda) Had enough of awareness? The May 18 Critical Mass Ride dubbed as Padyakan: Sagip Bakawan started at the...

Fifteen Years of the Tour of the Fireflies

Fifteen Years of the Tour of the Fireflies

(This article first appeared in Firefly News Newsletter Tour of the Fireflies 2013 edition) The fact that the Tour of the Fireflies is now on its...

Bike to Work

Bike to Work

The Firefly Brigade is actively promoting bike to work. Towards this end, we have scheduled a series of monthly Urban Riding and...

The Wright Brothers' Bicycles

The Wright Brothers' Bicycles

The first thing that will surely come to your mind when you hear "The Wright Brothers" is the airplane. We have come to associate their names...

ToF Marshal Profile: Freddie Valenzuela

ToF Marshal Profile: Freddie Valenzuela

My first exposure to the tour of the fireflies was in 2006 the theme that year was "RECYCLE". Two "sweeper" marshals encouraged me to join, and be a...

Top 5 Tips for Bike to Work Beginners

Top 5 Tips for Bike to Work Beginners

  The bike is a product of a genius who thought that no one should ever be deprived of travelling and not being able to enjoy doing it on...

Top 5 Reasons Why Biking Is Still Not Popular In the Philippines

Top 5 Reasons Why Biking Is Still Not Popular In the Philippines

There are many cycling groups that are promoting the use of bikes to go around the city - to work, to school, to play... But even as there are many...

Top 5 Things Non Cyclists Think They Know About Cyclists

Top 5 Things Non Cyclists Think They Know About Cyclists

Everyone of us would have an idea of what other people are like, what they want, what they need or what they are up to at any given moment. We tend...

Bicyle Lanes: Good for Everyone?

Bicyle Lanes: Good for Everyone?

(Originally published in the 15th Tour of the Fireflies Newsletter 2013)  I will ride if there is a bike lane.” When people find out that I‘m...

April CMR: Let's Get on the EDSA Bike Lanes

April CMR: Let's Get on the EDSA Bike Lanes

Update July 4, 2014: For other points of view regarding the pros and cons of bicycle lanes, please click on this link.

Explain Me This: How a Bicycle Works

Explain Me This: How a Bicycle Works

Even with modern scientific investigation tools, advanced computer simulation, AI and robotics, scientists around the world are still groping in...

March CMR: Padyak Para sa TakTak

March CMR: Padyak Para sa TakTak

QuotationWikipedia: A quotation is the repetition of one expression as part of another one, particularly when the quoted expression is...

August CMR: Agapan ang Sakuna

August CMR: Agapan ang Sakuna

 Here's an account of the event as told by Rap Garcia in her blog, A journal for love of old things and new places. or vice...

Life in the Bike Lanes

Life in the Bike Lanes

  Life in the bike lanes is about ideas that go through our minds, observations, musings, revelations, opinions, points of view, meditations,...

Some Thoughts on the EDSA Bike Lanes

Some Thoughts on the EDSA Bike Lanes

The following post is from a copy of an email sent by one of our friends, Neil Christopher Alaiza to Dannee Dee Bobadilla of the MMDA regarding...

Smart Quote of the Day: Bicycling Is Not Good for the Environment

Smart Quote of the Day: Bicycling Is Not Good for the Environment

We found this headline on SeattleBikeBlog: The article says that this particular representative doesn't think that riding your bike "is...

Annual Clean Air Forum 2014

Annual Clean Air Forum 2014

FFB President Karen presenting at the Clean Air Forum The sixth annual clean air forum of the Partnership for Clean Air, Inc., a network of clean...

Pollution from Motor Vehicles Just as Bad as Smoking Tobacco

Pollution from Motor Vehicles Just as Bad as Smoking Tobacco

Breathing polluted air is just as devastating on the body as smoking Two physicians, Dr. Ulysses Dorotheo and Dr. Custer Deocaris, speaking at...

Three Things You Should Never Say to a Driver while on Your Bike

Three Things You Should Never Say to a Driver while on Your Bike

Regular or frequent bikers to work or any cyclist who have logged thousands of kilometers on board their bikes on Metro Manila’s streets would have...

Safety on the Road for Cyclists

Safety on the Road for Cyclists

(This multi-part article examines the complex issue of safety in bicycling on city streets. This is the second in the series.) When cycling...

What Your Bike Says About You

What Your Bike Says About You

Graphic designed by Aaron Kuehn First of all, let us admit that the title of this article is definitely not the most original one for a...

5 Things You Need to Stop Doing While Biking

5 Things You Need to Stop Doing While Biking

One of the things that make cycling so enjoyable is that it gives you a sense of freedom and power. You can pedal till you drop and at the end of...

Top 5 Reasons You'll Never Regret Having a Bicycle

Top 5 Reasons You'll Never Regret Having a Bicycle

1. You get to bike with your significant other and not mind the time that passes.  It's always a pleasure biking with someone...

Here in the Twilight, Twilight Zoo

Here in the Twilight, Twilight Zoo

  (Photo courtesy of George Mateo)  Our CMR reporter Inoy Africa, submitted the following account as he joined the July CMR to...

3 Ways to Get Over Your Fear of Cycling

3 Ways to Get Over Your Fear of Cycling

  We can always mention the lack of cycling infrastructure, bad weather, aggravating pollution and many other factors as reasons for not...

Patron Saint of Bicyclists

Patron Saint of Bicyclists

For the who are wondering who the patron saint of cyclist is, the answer is non other than the Blessed Virgin Mary herself, under the title "Madonna...

A Desire for some Quiet in our Transport System

A Desire for some Quiet in our Transport System

Image from CAI-Asia NOISY. Our roads are noisy. At 4:00 A.M., I am awakened by the sound of a speeding jeepney on Gil Fernando Avenue, and I...

3 Laws that Rule the Biker’s Brain

3 Laws that Rule the Biker’s Brain

“The feeling is mutual,” exclaimed the car driver after being told that cyclists hate him. It’s hard not to agree when you see cyclists running...

Problems All Cyclists Understand

Problems All Cyclists Understand

The MMDA seems to think that constructing (read: carving) bike lanes out of existing streets will encourage more people to bike and...

How to Become a Biker to Work in 5 Unbelievably Tough Steps

How to Become a Biker to Work in 5 Unbelievably Tough Steps

So you want to bike to work and have been looking for information on how to do it right. Well, unfortunately today, we have a few things to say...

5 Ways to Use the Bicycle Other than for Transport

5 Ways to Use the Bicycle Other than for Transport

Image from here. The machines we usually have at home today are most often than not, powered by electricity. Our civilization has definitely come...

Health and Wellness

Health and Wellness

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  • The Birth of the Fireflies

    The Birth of the Fireflies

    Friday, 04 July 2014 14:18
  • Get Involved

    Get Involved

    Friday, 04 July 2014 14:23
  • Promoting Safety on the Road for Cyclists

    Promoting Safety on the Road for Cyclists

    Friday, 04 July 2014 14:26
  • The TOF Marshals

    The TOF Marshals

    Friday, 04 July 2014 15:28
  • 2014 Monthly CMR Schedule

    Saturday, 05 July 2014 12:00
  • The ToF Through the Years

    The ToF Through the Years

    Saturday, 05 July 2014 12:08
  • Our Advocacies

    Our Advocacies

    Saturday, 05 July 2014 13:03
  • Top 5 Positive Actions You Can Do To Promote Bike-To-Work in Your Office

    Top 5 Positive Actions You Can Do To Promote Bike-To-Work in Your Office

    Monday, 07 July 2014 07:09
  • Top 5 Reasons Why You Are Not Riding Your Bike to Work

    Top 5 Reasons Why You Are Not Riding Your Bike to Work

    Monday, 07 July 2014 07:23
  • Had Enough of Awareness?

    Had Enough of Awareness?

    Monday, 07 July 2014 08:11
  • Fifteen Years of the Tour of the Fireflies

    Fifteen Years of the Tour of the Fireflies

    Monday, 07 July 2014 08:55
  • Bike to Work

    Bike to Work

    Monday, 07 July 2014 09:11
  • The Wright Brothers' Bicycles

    The Wright Brothers' Bicycles

    Monday, 07 July 2014 10:14
  • ToF Marshal Profile: Freddie Valenzuela

    ToF Marshal Profile: Freddie Valenzuela

    Wednesday, 09 July 2014 08:20
  • Top 5 Tips for Bike to Work Beginners

    Top 5 Tips for Bike to Work Beginners

    Wednesday, 09 July 2014 08:50
  • Top 5 Reasons Why Biking Is Still Not Popular In the Philippines

    Top 5 Reasons Why Biking Is Still Not Popular In the Philippines

    Wednesday, 09 July 2014 08:59
  • Top 5 Things Non Cyclists Think They Know About Cyclists

    Top 5 Things Non Cyclists Think They Know About Cyclists

    Wednesday, 09 July 2014 09:06
  • Bicyle Lanes: Good for Everyone?

    Bicyle Lanes: Good for Everyone?

    Wednesday, 09 July 2014 12:26
  • April CMR: Let's Get on the EDSA Bike Lanes

    April CMR: Let's Get on the EDSA Bike Lanes

    Thursday, 10 July 2014 07:57
  • June CMR: Back to School Ride

    June CMR: Back to School Ride

    Thursday, 10 July 2014 08:18
  • Explain Me This: How a Bicycle Works

    Explain Me This: How a Bicycle Works

    Thursday, 10 July 2014 12:11
  • January CMR: The Happy Ride

    January CMR: The Happy Ride

    Thursday, 10 July 2014 12:19
  • February CMR: The Love Ride

    February CMR: The Love Ride

    Thursday, 10 July 2014 12:28
  • March CMR: Padyak Para sa TakTak

    March CMR: Padyak Para sa TakTak

    Thursday, 10 July 2014 12:30
  • August CMR: Agapan ang Sakuna

    August CMR: Agapan ang Sakuna

    Thursday, 10 July 2014 12:30
  • October CMR: Halloween Ride

    October CMR: Halloween Ride

    Thursday, 10 July 2014 12:30
  • Life in the Bike Lanes

    Life in the Bike Lanes

    Sunday, 20 July 2014 11:01
  • Some Thoughts on the EDSA Bike Lanes

    Some Thoughts on the EDSA Bike Lanes

    Tuesday, 22 July 2014 07:29
  • Smart Quote of the Day: Bicycling Is Not Good for the Environment

    Smart Quote of the Day: Bicycling Is Not Good for the Environment

    Tuesday, 22 July 2014 13:15
  • Annual Clean Air Forum 2014

    Annual Clean Air Forum 2014

    Wednesday, 23 July 2014 10:30
  • Pollution from Motor Vehicles Just as Bad as Smoking Tobacco

    Pollution from Motor Vehicles Just as Bad as Smoking Tobacco

    Wednesday, 23 July 2014 11:04
  • Three Things You Should Never Say to a Driver while on Your Bike

    Three Things You Should Never Say to a Driver while on Your Bike

    Wednesday, 23 July 2014 15:24
  • Safety on the Road for Cyclists

    Safety on the Road for Cyclists

    Thursday, 24 July 2014 12:08
  • What Your Bike Says About You

    What Your Bike Says About You

    Friday, 25 July 2014 07:24
  • 5 Things You Need to Stop Doing While Biking

    5 Things You Need to Stop Doing While Biking

    Friday, 25 July 2014 12:17
  • Top 5 Reasons You'll Never Regret Having a Bicycle

    Top 5 Reasons You'll Never Regret Having a Bicycle

    Monday, 28 July 2014 07:07
  • Here in the Twilight, Twilight Zoo

    Here in the Twilight, Twilight Zoo

    Thursday, 31 July 2014 18:45
  • 3 Ways to Get Over Your Fear of Cycling

    3 Ways to Get Over Your Fear of Cycling

    Tuesday, 05 August 2014 09:03
  • Patron Saint of Bicyclists

    Patron Saint of Bicyclists

    Tuesday, 05 August 2014 15:17
  • A Desire for some Quiet in our Transport System

    A Desire for some Quiet in our Transport System

    Friday, 08 August 2014 01:56
  • 3 Laws that Rule the Biker’s Brain

    3 Laws that Rule the Biker’s Brain

    Friday, 08 August 2014 15:33
  • Problems All Cyclists Understand

    Problems All Cyclists Understand

    Monday, 11 August 2014 15:29
  • How to Become a Biker to Work in 5 Unbelievably Tough Steps

    How to Become a Biker to Work in 5 Unbelievably Tough Steps

    Tuesday, 19 August 2014 15:50
  • 5 Ways to Use the Bicycle Other than for Transport

    5 Ways to Use the Bicycle Other than for Transport

    Wednesday, 03 September 2014 13:46
  • Health and Wellness

    Health and Wellness

    Thursday, 04 September 2014 14:27

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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.

Cyclists contribute to energy conservation and thus also contribute to prolonging the benefits the whole world derives from fossil fuel.

 

As a serious cyclist, you are already aware of your contribution to minimizing air pollution.  But have you ever asked yourself that even as you prefer to ride your bike to work instead of driving your car, are you already being an eco-friendly cyclist? Are you by default, pro-environment? Or is it enough for you to bike to work at least 3 times a week to say that you are a staunch advocate of using the bike?  Do we need to do more? Let us examine some facts about the bicycle to see if there is some way we can answer this question.

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1. Bicycles don't use fossil fuel. You might have already read or heard of this: "Burn Fat, Not Oil."  Indeed, when we bike, we use our own stored energy to pedal and thus we burn fat. The more fat the body burns, the more we get in shape. But this is a personal benefit.  However, there are statistics that show the positive impact of cycling on the environment (Philippine based stats are unfortunately, hard to find.) In Australia for example, they have numbers that show "cycling 10 km each way to work would save 1500 kg of greenhouse gas emissions each year."  We may not know exactly what or how "1500 kg of greenhouse gas emissions" look like but what should concern us is the fact that cycling affords us to avoid producing some amount of greenhouse gas. (A San Francisco, USA based website has a "bike commute calculator" that measures pounds of pollutants kept out of the atmosphere, money saved by not driving, and calories burned.) Now, we could see that indeed, cycling provides us an opportunity to be thrifty in terms of gas consumption and to be eco-friendly as well.

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Annual Clean Air Forum 2014

The sixth annual clean air forum of the Partnership for Clean Air, Inc., a network of clean air advocates, of which the Firefly Brigade is a member, showed that pollution is becoming a big health issue...

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2. It takes less energy to produce bicycles than cars. One buzzword that came to the fore in the midst of the current global warming issue is carbon footprint. It is described as "the total sets of greenhouse gas emissions caused by an organization, event, product or person." Cars or any kind of motorized transport will obviously have larger carbon footprint than any bike.  There are other factors to consider in weighing the actual levels of carbon footprint produced by two-wheeled vehicles versus four-wheeled ones and we do accept of course the fact that manufacturing bikes entails producing greenhouse gas even as we say that it's at the most minimum level. However, having the least amount of carbon footprint means being on the right track towards helping conserve both energy and the ephemeral resources we have that we need to sustain life. Cyclists contribute to energy conservation and thus also contribute to prolonging the benefits the whole world derives from fossil fuel.

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3. Bicycles do not require engine oil or require batteries that use toxic chemicals. There are worldwide efforts to produce eco-friendly cars through the use of clean electric power instead of fossil fuel.  However, the current state of battery technology is still far from the ideal state and thus, the best efforts to produce eco-friendly cars are limited to using hybrid power. We are still years away from using purely electric-powered vehicles that could equal or surpass the range of cars that run on oil- and gas-dependent internal combustion engine. (If you are interested to know more about this topic, you can get more information here.) Bicycles by nature require none of these non-renewable and limited energy resources, except of course through the occasional maintenance needs and essential accessories necessary to make cycling safer and more efficient.  We do need lubricants to lessen friction in the gears and batteries to provide electricity for lights to make cyclists more visible at night. But these minimal needs should not lessen the significance of the bicycle as an eco-friendly product that serves the people's need for transportation. It is easily the most economical way to travel.  Bikes have the least if not totally non-existent impact on road use as compared to cars and humongous trucks that weighs thousands of kilos more and continuously degrade the roads on which they pass through.

So are cyclists eco-friendly by default?  We say that yes, and with incontrovertible conviction. Bicyclists are naturally eco-friendly.

 

About the Tour of the Fireflies 2014

In support of the National Bike Day on November 23, 2014, the Tour of the Fireflies will not be held this year.  We will be staging the 2015 Tour of the Fireflies in April of next year. Please come back for additional information.

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