Ride to Work Day 2010 reminder

Three times the number of riders expected on American roads

By Motorcycle.Com Staff, Jun. 18, 2010
Various industry groups are reminding motorcycle and scooter owners that Monday, June 21 is Ride to Work Day.

Millions around the world are expected to take part in the event, now in its 19th year. Ride to Work Day encourages riders who don’t normally do so to park their cars and use their motorcycles and scooters to commute to work. The demonstration is expected to triple the number of riders on the roads.

“Ride to Work Day is one of our best advertisements for the motorcycling lifestyle,” says Ed Moreland,  AMA senior vice president for government relations. “With more riders on the road during rush hour, these benefits become even clearer. Motorcycles and scooters are a socially responsible form of transportation that reduce fuel consumption and wear and tear on roads, ease congestion, make parking easier and exponentially increase the fun of your commute.”

With more motorcycles and scooters expected on the roads than usual, sharing the road safety is a concern for riders and drivers.

“Ride to Work Day is a great way to show that motorcycles are fun to ride as well as an economical way to transport yourself from one point to another,” says Rob Dingman, president of the American Motorcyclist Association. “With so many more riders on the road at this time of year, it’s also a good opportunity to extend a note of caution to riders and motorists alike as part of the I AMAware campaign, which emphasizes safety on the road through enhanced awareness of fellow road users.”

The Motorcycle Safety Foundation is also reminding both riders and drivers to share the road safely.

“Whether on your way to the office or heading home from a day on the job site, workers should be aware of the need to look out for motorcyclists,” says Tim Buche, MSF president. “Regardless of how many wheels you have, both drivers and riders need to be aware and respectful of their fellow road users, especially during typical commuting hours when roadways are crowded and people may be tired, distracted or hurrying to get somewhere.”

The MSF offers some tips to both riders and drivers:

Riders:

  • Get proper training and licensing
  • Wear appropriate safety gear at all times
  • Ride unimpaired by alcohol or drugs
  • Ride within your skill limits and obey traffic laws
  • Refresh your skills with the MSF’s RiderCourses

Drivers:

  • Avoid driving distracted
  • Use your eyes and mirrors and check blind spots for motorcyclists
  • Give motorcycles and scooters extra room
  • Use your turn signals
  • Secure cargo and avoid throwing things out the window

Ride to Work Day organizers offer some tips on encouraging participation such as organizing a local breakfast, arranging for special parking and offering non-riders a ride. Ride to Work Day stickers can also be created by printing stickers on adhesive paper.

“Riding to work on this day is fun and highlights the positive value of motorcycling. For many people, riding is a socially responsible form of mobility that saves energy, helps the environment and provides a broad range of other public benefits," says Andy Goldfine, Ride to Work Day organizer.