Story by MARK FRANCISCO, Lifestyle Editor
ALMOST 500 persons coming from 36 motorcycle clubs in Cagayan de Oro City joined the successful Cagayan de Oro Riders Federation 2nd Convention at the spacious ACSAT Gym in barangay Carmen, this city. This event would not have been possible with the support of Hon. Rolando “Klarex”Uy.
Aura Fernandez, outgoing president of the Cagayan de Oro Riders Federation, said that the occasion was a call for celebration for the 36 motorcycle clubs who have banded together, sharing their one unique passion – riding.
Of course, it’s not just riding that they are at good at. Not just the kilometers of roads they traversed from JR Borja Extension to the convention venue on that day. Not just the hundreds and thousands of kilometers they clocked in last year.
For riding is beyond being a hobby – it is day-to-day living.
According to Ms. Fernandez, most of the members of their clubs are not hobbyists who simply enjoy a tranquil weekend riding to some faraway place like Butuan or Bukidnon. Most of their members are your average neighbors using their motorcycles to work and back.
“If you own a bike, then you’re a rider and that’s it,” Aura quipped.
That’s why road safety and adherence to traffic laws are the primary advocacy of the Cagayan de Oro Riders Federation.
Ms. Fernandez said that they have inked a memorandum of agreement with the Highway Patrol Group, the Land Transportation Office and the Roads and Traffic Administration for continuing drivers’ education in the streets that is held throughout the year.
“We always maintain good relationship with traffic enforcers. They are our partners on how to be a responsible road user,” she said.
Aside from that, the Cagayan de Oro City Riders Federation also helps in declogging our city streets from garbage as well as participate in feeding programs and blood donation drives.
One of the bike clubs which waged their utmost support to the activity was Fury Touring Club.
Headed by president Alvin Basallajes, Fury Touring Club is active throughout the year in outreaches such as repacking goods during times of calamity.
“We are the voice of the masa riders in CDO. We are one,” Aura and her council chorused.
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