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)

CMR January 2013

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)

CMR January 2013

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

CMR January 2013

(Photo by Al Castillo)

CMR January 2013

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.

CMR January 2013

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.

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14th TOF (Tour Of the Fireflies)

15,000 cyclists joined this year’s 14th TOF (Tour Of the Fireflies) Organized by The Firefly Brigade in partnership with Tiktok Pilipinas & Dakila – Philippine Collective for Modern Heroism.

Riding with the pelaton from 6:30am to 11:30am. We started at Tiendesitas, Pasig City and rode through the cities of Marikina, Quezon City, Mandaluyong City, and back to Pasig City. A total of 35KM.

It’s more fun with cycling chic bikers.

Photo by Al Castillo

That’s me in black, right side, behind the girl with white helmet. We tailed the Castillo family almost all the time to be in his GoPro-shot photos.

After the ride, I had the opportunity and pleasure to perform during the awarding and afterparty hosted by Tiktok Pilipinas and Dakila.

Then we partied hard. Dancing to the live performances of Jeepney Joyride, Color It Red, and The Jerks.

For more info on Firefly Brigade, please go to www.fireflybrigade.org

Bicycling Girls in the City

There’s nothing like spending an entire day with good friends, good food, and lots of fun activities. This was another fun #mamech ride.

BIKING GIRLS in the CITY

BIKING GIRLS in the CITY

Bike To Work

Bike to work with my folding bike.

I did it! For the first time I biked to work using my Dahon folding bike. A total of 4KM from home to office. In summary:

Pros

  • Good for the earth
  • Good for the health
  • Good for the skin
  • Less traveling time
  • Less stress
  • Energized

Cons and solutions

  • Sweaty upon arrival – Just bring extra clothes, a small damp towel (or wet wipes) to wipe your body and face; don’t pedal too fast.
  • Pollution – Just wear a face mask.

BIKE TO WORK FACTS
(Source: http://www.green-traveler.org/documents/BiketoWorkFactsheet.pdf)
HEALTH:

  • An adult cyclist typically has a level of fitness equivalent to someone 10 years younger and a life expectancy two years above the average. (Paffenbarger, R., et al., 1986., and Department for Transport, 2007)
  • 80% of people who switch from sedentary commuting to cycling improve their heart, lungs and blood vessels greatly in 6-8 weeks, so they get sick much less often. (Bike league)
  • Cyclists on average live two years longer than non-cyclists and take 15% fewer days off work through illness. (CTC)
  • The health benefits of cycling outweigh the safety risks by a factor of 20 to one. (Hillman, M., 1992 )
  • Active commuting that incorporates cycling and walking is associated with an overall 11% reduction in cardiovascular risk. (Hamer, M., and Y. Chida, 2007 )
  • Bicycle commuting burns an average of 540 calories per hour. (de Geus, B., et al., 2007)
  • For a 180 pound man, a 10 mile round trip bike commute burns 400 calories. For a 130-pound woman this same commute burns 300 calories. (Bike league)

ENVIRONMENT:

  • When bicycling is substituted for short auto trips, 3.6 pounds of pollutants per mile are not emitted into the atmosphere. (Bike league)
  • On the same urban route, car drivers were exposed to more airborne pollution than cyclists, despite the cyclists’ higher respiration rates. (Rank, J., et al., 2001)
  • Autos are the single largest source of U.S. air pollution. Short trips are up to three times more polluting per mile than long trips.ECONOMICS:
  • Ten bikes can park in the space used by a single motor vehicle. (Bike league)
  • The bicycle industry is estimated to support 1.1 million jobs and generate nearly $18 billion in federal, state, and local taxes. (Outdoor Industry Foundation, 2006)
  • More than one-fifth (21%) of Americans say they have changed the way they commute to work because of the recession. (IBM Corporation, 2009)

MISC:

  • In 2009, 1% of all U.S. trips were made by bicycle, an increase of 25% from 2001. (U.S. Department of Transportation and Federal Highway Administration, 2009)
  • The number of Americans who commuted to work primarily by bike in 2008 increased 14 percent from 2007, 36 percent since 2005, and 43 percent since 2000. (U.S. Census Bureau, 2009)
  • In the US, there are 5 vehicles for every 4 drivers. (Brown, L., 2010)
  • The majority of trips to work in Tulsa take between 15 and 24 minutes. (US Census Bureau, 2000)
  • Hundreds of U.S. cities have been successful in increasing bicycle commuters by offering enticements on Bike to Work Day. (Bike League)