Awesome number of riders (groups or solo) coming from all directions continues to arrive at Shell (The Fort) as early as 10am (20 July 07) for the planned motorcade to MMDA office in EDSA. “Imagine if these motorcade is done on a non-working day, I’m sure there’ll be a lot more!” said one biker.
Some are seen wearing their groups uniform but 99% of them (that includes me) wears black, in protest to the proposed ordinance of “Plate Number Stickers on Helmets“, one of the purpose of the motorcade is to show that motorcyclist are united in condemning the said resolution and also to give the opposition papers to Chairman Bayani Fernando. (whom they branded as Mr.Genius)
Bikes of all kinds lines up in an orderly manner, stretching from SHELL up to MMDA EDSA. You can’t even reach a decent 10km/hour speed. As one onlookers said ” This is the most discipline and orderly rally I have ever seen!” Several bikers voluntarily manned intersections to ease the traffic.
Occupying almost half of EDSA, It actually creates a monstrous traffic jam. But thats only because vehicles on EDSA especially the busses began to slow down to watch in anxiety what is happening. Some passengers alighted to make (uzi) while others even take photos and talk to some of the riders.
While the documents is being served inside the MMDA office by Mr. Atoy Sta Cruz (I salute you sir), the motorcade grinds to a halt. And outside there’s a lot of cheering and yelling coming from the bikers, others express their feelings by blowing their horns and revving their engines. (ahh love the sound of those choppers!) The atmosphere is somehow similar to new year’s day (without the fireworks of course).
Policemen don’t have a hard time dispersing the rallyist/motorcade because the riders are advised beforehand by their group leaders to go home (and multiply, hehe) afterwards.
Everyone had a smile on their face as we go home that afternoon. After braving the scorching weather, piling up in line on your full gears without wind to compensate our attires, feeling of intense thirst with nothing to drink, sunbathing on midday without a sunblock. I say we became “Heroes” that day.
Still photos here: http://s80.photobucket.com/albums/j174/raredog/motorcade%20to%20mmda/
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