Here's a great summer activity: Pedal alongside the Firefly Brigade in this year's Tour of the Fireflies.
Now on its 13th year, this annual critical mass ride happening every third week of April aims to make Metro Manila firefly-friendly again.
See, the presence of fireflies is an indication of clean air. This is why we only see these bright light fellas during out of town trips.
Last year, the biking event entailed our right to sustainable transportation, and about 10,000 bikers participated, making it one of the biggest fun rides ever organized in Manila. Great year.
For 2011, there's nothing these folks would want more than to maintain last year's epic number of participants, if not cough up more riders. We will soon find out when the much-anticipated bike tour once again makes its way through the cities of Metro Manila on Sunday, April 17.
This year, all is being done for bicycle revolution. "Revolution entails a radical change in one's way of living. A bicycle revolution means rallying people and lobbying for the establishment of cycle-inclusive urban and regional planning," says Firefly Brigade president Ricky Pineda.
As always, the tour's start and end points will be at the Frontera Verde in Tiendesitas. The bike tour's route will pass cities such as Pasig, Mandaluyong, San Juan, Quezon City, Manila, and Pasay, covering a distance of approximately 42 kilometers.
Riders looking for an out of town bike tour experience will also find it fantastic that simultaneous bike rides will happen in Bacolod, Batangas, Cebu, General Santos, and Palawan on event day.
There are of course more than enough reasons to sign up and join this event - better health, less pollution, planet sustainability, a new summer hobby even. More than anything however, we are most anxious of the fact that we get to call ourselves a firefly. Yeah, we're geeks that way.
For more information about the 13th Tour of the Fireflies, check out www.fireflybrigade.org.
WORDS BY MIKEY AGULTO