CMR Philippines

CMR Philippines

A cyclists guide in participating and organizing a CMR in the Philippines

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CMR January

This year’s first CMR by Firefly Brigade was a success. It was nice to see old-timer and new bikers again after the Holidays. I believe it was well attended because everybody missed everybody and maybe also because a lot of new riders made it their New Year’s resolution to be more active and healthier this year. It was a great start. Hopefully we continue to see this kind of number every month. The more the merrier. (CMR Schedule)

Assembly point. Greenhills Shopping Centre.

Assembly point. Greenhills Shopping Centre.

At 7am, Jeans and I arrived at the assembly point. During the assembly, Tina DC, the Firefly Brigade President made some announcements and gave an orientation on road safety and road ethics. Shortly after that, the ride commenced.

(Photo by Al Castillo)

(Photo by Al Castillo)

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During CMRs, women are encouraged to stay in front to pace the peloton. (Photo by Al Castillo)

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Doc Arman and Stephen on their folding bikes. (Photo by Al Castillo)

Emergency

Emergency

During the ride, Tina’s fender encountered a problem, thankfully many bikers were more than willing to help.

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It was a perfect bike weather. (Photo by Al Castillo)

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On our way to Binondo, Manila. (Photo by Al Castillo)

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(Photo by Al Castillo)

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Waiting for the peloton to regroup on the bridge. (Photo by Al Castillo)

Streets of Manila.

Streets of Manila.

Passing by Luneta

Passing by Luneta

Marshals on duty.

Marshals on duty.

What I admire most about the Firefly Brigade’s monthly CMR is that they have very committed marshals who make sure that all riders are safe and that no one is left behind.

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The photographer, Al Castillo.

(Photo by Tina DC)

(Photo by Tina DC)

Kalesas roaming the streets of Old Manila.

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Binondo, the final destination.

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Folding bikes.

Advocafe, a new vegetarian and bike-friendly cafe in Manila.

Advocafe, a new vegetarian and bike-friendly cafe in Manila.

After the CMR, we had lunch at this new cafe near Roxas. Check out Advocafe.

FACTS ABOUT CMR:

  • CMR means Critical Mass Ride
  • Organized by the Firefly Brigade
  • It’s FREE, no registration fee.
  • Wearing a helmet is highly encouraged
  • Open to all kinds of bikers (newbies or oldies)
  • Usually 20km – 25km distance
  • Slow and easy pace
  • Mostly flat roads
  • Very few inclines

See you again fireflies. Ride safe. Cheers to a healthier lifestyle.

CMR November 2012

Last Sunday, November 25, I attended the monthly CMR (Critical Mass Ride) organized by the Firefly Brigade. The meet up was at Emerald Ave., Ortigas Center, Pasig City. It was attended by over 200 cyclists. We rode from Pasig City to Ayala Triangle, Makati City. It was not a long route, in fact it was too short a ride. Usually a CMR would be at least 25KM but this was I think less than 12KM. But it was ok because it was also the same day that Makati was promoting their own Carless Sundays program around Ayala Triangle. So it was still nice.

After the ride, some of my biker girl friends, dubbed as #Mamech rode to Legaspi Market to grab some grub. After eating lunch we decided to ride some more. In summary we biked to shop, to buy some bread, to look at bike shops, to eat some more, and to hangout, and I got home around 11pm. It was epic! Rides are definitely more fun with #Mamech.

Carless Sundays along Emerald Ave. Ortigas Pasig City

Meeting place just infront of STRATA 100 along Emerald Ave. Ortigas Center Pasig City.

Along Ayala Ave. Makati city

Along Shaw Blvd. about to cross EDSA.

First stop after riding out from Ortigas Center, Pasig City.

#Mamech

Enjoying the ride along Ayala Ave. with Papa Dens.

All girls, all stars!

We didn’t plan this. It just happened. I swear it!

#Mamech. Oh girls just wanna have fu-un.

With the #Mamech: Jeans, Mel, Tina, Cayoi, Ruth, and Mia.

Enjoying the Carless Sunday Program of Makati. Tested the non-motorized trike. (Photo by Papa Dennis)

Bike hunting in Paco Manila.

One of our stops was at this local bike shop in Paco Manila. They were selling all types of 2nd hand bikes.

See you at the next CMR! Ride safe.