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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

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 a bicyclist, I often hear them saying something like this: “Bicycling is really good; it does not pollute, it promotes health, it can retard the effects of climate change, it is quiet, etc. I would take up cycling (or cycle more) if only it were less dangerous and there were bike lanes.”

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Top 5 Things Non Cyclists Think They Know About Cyclists

KC ShareTheRoadEveryone 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 to assume things about what's happening around us based on our previous experiences and how we perceive our environment. Cyclists almost anywhere in the world ,for example, are treated as if they are at the lowest rung of the ladder of humanity by motorists who seem to think that they own the road, no matter how wide it is, once they are at the driver's seat. But we cyclists have our secrets; nobody else but a cyclist knows how great it is to be on the saddle, pedaling your way to anyplace where two wheels and your legs can take you.

Here are some ideas that non-cyclists assume they know about bicyclists:

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

BTW hands004There 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 more people who want to take up this challenge, there are plenty more who would rather not use bikes at all.  Let's face it: our roads are not meant for bikes but there should be no reason why we can't all share the road. Each one of us has something that can contribute to nation building, even small ones.   Let us examine some of the reasons why biking in this country, particularly biking to work, is facing a great uphill challenge to be accepted.  Our lawmakers must realize that bicycling is fast becoming a mainstream means of transport for many and not just an alternative one. Bicycling can contribute, in its own little way,  in nation building.

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