26th Annual Ride to Work Day

Jun 19, 2017 View Comments by

Ride to Work Day

The 26th annual Motorcycle and Scooter Ride to Work Day is today. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, out of a total 129,141,982 commuters in the country, just less than 150,000 of them ride motorcycles to work regularly—that’s only .11 percent. And of all the motorcycles registered in the U.S. (6,567,197), only 4.3 percent of them are used for year-round primary transportation.

The first Ride to Work Day took place in 1992, becoming so popular that in 2000 Aerostich’s Andy Goldfine formed a non-profit, Ride to Work, to advocate for and address issues around the use of motorcycles and scooters for daily transportation. Ride to Work Day takes place the third Monday in June and is demonstration of the benefits of riding, including reduced road congestion, shorter commute times, more parking spaces, and less fuel consumption.

Ride to Work is an all-volunteer effort that seeks government, employer, and community support and recognition of the positive social benefits of riding. If you’re interested in helping, check out www.ridetowork.org. There are online forums, free printable items, a list of ways to get involved, and an Every Day Rides section, where riders can share images of their bikes.

U.K. Ride to Work Week

Ride to Work WeekMeanwhile, Ride to Work Week kicks off today in the U.K.

According to the most recent INRIX Global Traffic Scorecard, U.K. drivers spend an average of 32 hours a year in traffic jams. Steve Kenward, CEO of the Motorcycle Industry Association, which organizes Ride to Work Week, says a driver could gain the equivalent of an extra four days of vacation a year if they switched to a motorcycle or scooter.

Ride to Work Week advocates for two-wheeled transportation and its benefits, including reduced road congestion, reduced costs related to congestion, more parking, and less-stressed commuters.

New or experienced riders can try a motorcycle or scooter for free with a qualified instructor at “Get On” events, which are held throughout the year across the U.K.  Find out more at Get On and Ride to Work Week.

Photography: Ride to Work, U.K. Ride to Work Week

 

 

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