The event originated as a grassroots event in the United States in 1992 after an editorial by motorcycle magazine editor Fred Rau calling for a national Ride to Work day. Andy Goldfine, the creator of the Aerostitch riding suit, was one of the driving forces behind Ride to Work Day which became a non-profit organization in 2000.
The FIM is encouraging riders in its nearly 100 member federations to participate by riding their bikes to work on July 16 to demonstrate that motorcycles are both a legitimate form of transportation and a source of recreation. Several federations have already held their Ride to Work Days in June to fit their members’ summer holiday schedules.
The FIM says that Ride to Work Day will demonstrate how motorcycle use can reduce traffic and parking congestion while also being more fuel efficient than automobiles.
“In these days of soaring fuel prices, commuting to work by motorcycle makes great sense,” says Greg Harrison, president of the FIM’s Commission for Leisure Motorcycling. “While fuel-efficient motorcycles and scooters have been a primary source of transportation for decades in many countries affiliated with the FIM, more and more people around the world are turning to them because they are not only efficient transportation, but fun, too.”
According to the organization’s website, American riders alone will consume 60,000 fewer gallons of fuel by choosing to leave their cars at home and use their bikes to commute on Ride to Work Day.