Motorcycle Ride to Work Day: Wednesday, July 20

Take your motorcycle or scooter to work and enjoy the trip for a change.

If you only take your motorcycle to work one day a year, Wednesday, July 20 is the day to do it. Ride to Work Day is a way to remind the general public of the presence and utilitarian value of motorcycles and their ability to reduce traffic, fuel consumption and parking problems. That's why motorcycle organizations around the world support it and encourage their members ride to work at least once a year on this day.

The U.S. Ride to Work Organization was created to tout the benefits of commuting by motorcycle or scooter. Based in Minnesota (where riding to woprk every day can be a challenge), the organization offers the following press release, which includes a list of resources for those interested in participating in Ride to Work Day or in promoting it or the benefits of motorcycles as transportation.

_Motorcycle and Scooter Ride to Work Day is Wednesday, July 20, 2005

This year's fourteenth annual motorcycle and scooter commuting demonstration will increase the number of riders on the road, according to Ride to Work, a non-profit advocacy organization. "Riding to work on this day shows the positive value of motorcycles and scooters for transportation. For many people, riding is an economical, efficient and socially responsible form of mobility that saves energy, helps the environment and provides a broad range of other public benefits," states Andy Goldfine, the event organizer. Motorcycle and scooter enthusiasts and rider organizations worldwide encourage their members to ride to work on this day.

According to the United States Census Bureau and the Department of Transportation, over eighty million cars and light trucks are used for daily commuting on American roads, and about 200,000 motorcycles and scooters are a regular part of this mix. On Ride to Work Day the practical side of riding becomes more visible as a larger number of America's 8,000,000 cycles are ridden to work.

Ride to Work Day helps demonstrate how these vehicles make parking easier and help traffic flow better. Studies have shown that across equal distances commuting motorcyclists reach their destinations in less time than those using automobiles, that motorcycles and scooters consume less resources per mile than automobiles, and that they take up less space on roads. Motorcycle and scooter riders seek improved employer recognition and support for this form of transportation, and more public and government awareness of the positive value of riding.

  • Ride to Work Day can be reached at: POB 1072, Proctor, Minnesota, 55810 USA, or www.RidetoWork.org or (218)722-9806.

  • Ride to Work Day Mission Statement: To advocate and support the use of motorcycles for transportation, and to provide information about transportation riding to the public.

  • Participating Ride to Work Day Countries: Germany, Philippines, England, Germany, Israel, Turkey, Ecuador, United States, and many others.

  • Sample issues of `The Daily Rider' newsletter are available at www.RidetoWork.org.

  • A brief history of Ride to Work Day is available at www.RidetoWork.org

  • A transportation motorcycling and scootering fact sheet is available at www.RidetoWork.org

  • Motorcycle and scooter commuting photos, illustrations and RTW Day artwork is available at www.RidetoWork.org _

Riding to work is more fun that going by car and also relieves congestion, eases parking and saves gas. Everyone benefits.