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Firefly Brigade 2010

Written By: Kaloy - Apr• 19•10

Every Fireflies Run  2010 26year the tour of the fireflies has run the busy streets of the countries major cities all for the sole concept of reducing carbon emissions around the islands. Bike for clean air and health. This year they have an additional theme; “I Bike to vote”. Were after 6 years of waiting for change the Filipino people have once again have the chance to make a difference. By placing their votes to paper and pen for the next president that will govern the country for the next 6 years. Many are first time voters and all are new to the new computerized system that will be implemented on May 10.

This is my second year riding in the tour of the fireflies, being it’s 12th year promoting clean air advocacy in the country. I, Marvin, my Dad, Lei of Pinoy Weekend Warrior, Cherie and 8,000 plus bikers around metro from all ages and backgrounds, spend one Sunday morning trading the comfort of our cars for the freedom of the biking around the city. This year’s tour was around 38km based on my dad’s odometer. Tracing a figure eight around the Philippines Island’s capital of Manila. The numbers grew to to more than 10,000+ bikers as the day unfolded, and seeing this large group running down the roads makes me proud that I was a part of it.

We started around 5am in the morning waking up early just to bike to Treindisita shopping mall in Ortigas. This year’s bike ride was joined by the Netherlands ambassador to the Philippines who gladly gave sponsored orange Dutch bikes to the participating beauties from the Ms. Earth Philippines beauty pageant. The pace of the peloton was not that fast, around 3-5km on the average with a stop over at Makati City, this consisted of costumed bikers, kids (some with training wheels), senior citizens, weekend groups and athletes. All shoulder to shoulder and pedal to pedal in the biggest bike gathering of the year.

Fireflies Run  2010 81Following this large group is a well coordinated backup support from police bikers, to the mobile first

aid units and the manila water for dispensing fresh potable water to the bikers in the peloton, who reacted quite fast when anyone needed their assistance, from a downed biker to a dehydrated one. They also divert the traffic at crucial intersections for the peloton to pass and pickup tired bikers from the roadside, and drop them of at the finish line. This is not a race, but a ride for awareness, and it’s growing every year.

Thank you all  for all your support and for the Firefly Brigade for organizing this event.

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For more information on the tour of the firefly in your general area or if you want to become a marshal for next year’s run you may click here.

Ride on! Ride Safe! Ride for Clean air and Mother Earth!

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