The Tour of the Fireflies “I VOTE TO BIKE!” happening on April 18, 2010 (Sunday) is fast approaching! Signify your intent to be a ride marshal by signing our online form at http://fireflybrigade.blogspot.com
WHAT IS THE TOUR OF THE FIREFLIES?
The Tour of the Fireflies is a 35-kilometer bicycle ride around Metro Manila at an easy, controlled pace that allows everyone, even the occasional bike rider, older children, and senior people to participate and have fun. It is also a costume parade of cyclists leisurely pedaling at an average of 15 kilometers per hour (kph) through different Metropolitan cities. The Tour promotes cycling as a sustainable means of transportation.
The Tour started in 1999 with less than 500 participants growing steadily each year. Volunteers organize the event, a time-consuming and challenging effort that begins at least 5 months before the actual April date of the Tour. More volunteers, approximately numbering 150, operate on the day of the Tour.
WHAT IS A RIDE MARSHAL?
Marshals are volunteers who shepherd the peloton (bicycle caravan) at the Tour of the Fireflies. They serve to guide and protect the group as it winds its way along the route of the Tour. They keep the peloton intact and help cyclists in the Tour who need assistance.
Ride marshals should be physically fit, have basic road riding skills, patient & cool-headed, can follow instructions and can work alone and as part of a team.
WHY IS THE ROLE OF THE MARSHAL CRUCIAL TO THE TOUR?
A lot of riders who join the Tour of the Fireflies do not ride in Metro Manila traffic regularly. Some are children or adults who do not dare to venture out into our metropolis’ busy streets for fear of being bumped by motor vehicles that currently rule our roads. The Tour of the Fireflies gives these riders a chance to bike on our main roads.
Marshals make sure that riders are protected from motor vehicle traffic, keeping the cyclists together and the bicycle caravan intact. It makes the ride enjoyable for all. It helps people to fall in love (even more) with cycling, cycle further beyond the Tour of the Fireflies, and desire for calmer roads that do not discourage the use of bicycles. This is one of the things that the Tour aims for and marshals help in attaining that goal.
WHAT DO WE HOPE TO ACHIEVE DURING THE MARSHAL RIDES?
By riding the route, we familiarize ride marshals with it and help them learn it by heart. Among other things, we will be teaching hand signals, how to keep the peloton safe and intact, what to do in different kinds of situations during the Tour, including a medical emergency. Through the marshal rides, marshals get to know each other so that they can work well as a team.
ARE YOU QUALIFIED TO BE A RIDE MARSHAL?
If you think you are qualified to be a ride marshal, signify your intent by signing our online form at http://fireflybriga de.blogspot. com. After signing the online form, expect a confirmation email from The Firefly Brigade within 2-3 working days.
WHAT ELSE DO I NEED TO KNOW?
You need to attend (1) one of (3) three marshal orientations scheduled on February 14, 21, and 28, 2010 at 8:30am-12:00pm at the Firefly Brigade Headquarters 169 Kamias Road, Kamias, Quezon City. All pertinent information will be discussed during the orientation. Please DO NOT FORGET to bring a pen, personal snacks and drinks.
WHAT IF I DON’T BIKE AND I WANT TO VOLUNTEER?
Please email Denise Matias denise.matias@ gmail.com for other volunteer opportunities. We will be releasing a separate call for general volunteers in the coming week.
If you have other questions in mind that were not answered, please contact
Pogz Estorquia pogzestorquia@ hotmail.com or John Voltaire Lim john_voltaire@ yahoo.com