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10 Important Words and Phrases You Should Know To Better Understand and Enjoy the Tour of the Fireflies

5. Bike to Work or Bike Commuting

Biking to work is the best means to practice road sharing on a more realistic form. Those who bike to work can attest to the fact that while it may not be the safest way to travel, it is the most economical, faster way to go, not just to work but to other destinations as well. Other people might complain that biking to work is not suited to the country because of weather extremes – we do have hot and hotter days and wet and wetter days but this could be overcome with a little ingenuity and well, luck too.

Why is this important to know?

The Tour of the Fireflies is your best bet when it comes to inspiring, practicing and preparing yourself to bike to work. What with thousands of others with the same resolve to help save the planet by doing something that could contribute significantly to worldwide efforts of controlling pollution, limiting use of fossil fuels, sharing the road, highlighting the need for more bike facilities and infrastructures – all of these come to converge on a single day and what’s more important is that people notice and start to do their part.

6. Hand Signals

Sometimes it’s hard to be aware of our surroundings when we enjoy an activity that directs our focus on only one thing – having fun. Yet it happens that we might need to communicate non-verbally with other bikers in order to quickly convey something that not only is interesting to us but also something that could literally save lives. Hand signals are used for non-verbal communication and they can be more than useful to know in situations that need quick reaction.

Why is this important to know?

When you are biking in the midst of thousands of other riders, it’s quite easy to have your voice drowned out by the din of voices shrieking and screaming their excitement. Our marshals have adequate communication equipment to cover the entire length of the Tour but even these may not enough when quick actions and reactions are required. This is where hand signals become just as important as electronic communications equipment, and may even be more useful too. We use hand signals to indicate where we are turning, when it is safe to pass through, when we need to stop and go, to indicate a pothole on the ground. There specific hand signals to indicate certain actions that need to be done and riders of the Tour should be at least familiar with them and they should try to practice doing them with their own companions or with other riders.



7. Safety Gears or Personal Protective Equipment

In all the rides that we have organized, we have always maintained a strict policy – no helmet, no ride. This is to emphasize the importance of not only having enough skills to ride in a peloton but also that of protecting ourselves from accidents that could be aggravated by not wearing proper protective gears.

Why is this important to know?

Our marshals are there to make sure that every biker is safe and sound from the starting gun to the finish line. However, it is still up to the individual biker to do his or her share in making the Tour more fun by not allowing themselves to do irresponsible things and uncalled for behavior while riding the Tour. But let’s face it – when it comes to having fun and being responsible for one’s own safety, well, it’s hard to be both at the same time sometimes! So we do encourage everyone to wear not only helmets but if possible all other gears that you need to protect vital body parts.

8. Larvae

You may be wondering what baby insects have to do with the Tour of the Fireflies! Well, a lot because here we are referring to those who dream of becoming members of the Firefly Brigade. Those who wish to become full-fledged Parplays are required to undergo Firefly Flight Training. (Please see below.)

Why is this important to know?

Being immersed in the preparation for the Tour (which may take from 4 to 6 months, depending on the availability of volunteer Parplays) is one way in which we try to filter who among the aspirants (or larvae) can withstand the demands of volunteering for the Firefly Brigade and thus can take the oath of a Firefly. You can see them as one of us helping in the preparation of materials to be used on Tour day, or maybe you don’t see them as they work in the background, invisible but you can certainly see their work being used during the Tour. They can be part of the Marshals (see above) that make the Tour safe for everyone. Larvae are true-blue bikers who have more than bikes in their hearts – they are volunteers who want to be Parplays too. your social media marketing partner

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