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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

A Desire for some Quiet in our Transport System

marikina jeepney

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 don’t even live on that street; I live a block away.  It used to be that the avenue was lined with only a few houses; two of them were particularly beautiful. And as a child, my family would drive around in our owner-type jeep admiring them. From a quiet private subdivision’s arterial road, A. Tuazon has been reclassified into a national road and renamed Gil Fernando Avenue. The notorious Montalban jeepneys ply this road now going to and from Cubao; rerouted from the heart of the older part of town, where I heard a number of accidents have occurred involving the notorious jeepney line.

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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 del Ghisallo." We found the following information from Saints.SQPN (notes about your extended family in heaven):

Madonna del Ghisallo

"Medieval legend says that Count Ghisallo was travelling near the village of Magréglio when he was attacked by highway bandits. Spotting a image of the Virgin Mary in a roadside shrine, he broke away from his attackers and ran to it. There he took refuge, pled for Our Lady‘s protection – and was miraculously saved from the robbers.

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3 Ways to Get Over Your Fear of Cycling

 

bike to workWe can always mention the lack of cycling infrastructure, bad weather, aggravating pollution and many other factors as reasons for not wanting to use the bicycle for our daily commute.  And no one would contradict them for these are facts.  Even veteran cyclists are sometimes reluctant to ride their bikes to their destinations because of them. However, while these could eventually be overcome if only our government could find the political will to develop solutions for and our present generation of drivers will learn to accept, there is another factor that could be more insurmountable for certain individuals – the fear of cycling.

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