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Our Mission and Vision

mission vision1A world where bicycling and sustainable transportation are a way of life... To promote cycling as an environmentally sustainable form of transportation...

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Our Advocacies: What We Do

advocacy1The Firefly Brigade is an NGO that promotes the use of the bicycle for clean air and sustainable communities. Our activities that support these goals:

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Bicycling Resources

bikeresources1This is a partial list of bike shops in and around Metro Manila. Please contact us If you are a bike shop owner and you want your shop to be listed here.

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Firefly Brigade News

Sixteen Years of the Tour of the Fireflies - Revisited

(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 sixteenth year comes as a bit of a surprise for someone who was involved in it from the beginning. Sixteen years ago, a small group of bicycling friends, most of whom were women, thought that organizing a leisurely group ride around the Metro Manila area would be an interesting project. We were either part of Cycling Advocates (CYCAD) or regularly joined and assisted in their rides, the highlight of which was the annual century (a ride of 100 miles or 160 kilometers) held every February. The century was an endurance ride to test a cyclist‘s mettle, and attracted mostly men; the metro ride was envisioned to be a fun event for everyone, particularly for women, kids, and inexperienced cyclists, with the intent of helping them build their confidence for riding in the city.

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Changing Perspective: From Road User to Road Sharer

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There's no denying the fact that roads were built and more will be built, for motorized transport which  makes it moot and academic to state that all other non-motorized transportation modes are at a decidedly disadvantaged position.  In a general sense, once we ride any kind of cotnraption that can convey people from point A to B and use that contraption on the road, we become road users.  However, being a road user implies ownership which practically means to Filipino drivers that they can do whatever they want, being "owners" of the road.  This perspective lies deep in the Filipino drivers' psyche that for them, while on the road, they forego common courtesy and drive with gusto wherever and whenever they want, to the detriment and exclusion of all other road users, especially bicyclists.

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