PICKERINGTON, Ohio--The American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) reminds motorcyclists that Ride to Work Day is this Wednesday, July 16, and encourages all riders to put some extra fun in their daily commutes, save a little gas--and then take the long way home.
The first Ride to Work Day took place in 1992. It was inspired by the "Work to Ride - Ride to Work" program created in the late 1980s by Andy Goldfine, the founder of Aerostich/RiderWearHouse, a Minnesota-based manufacturer of riders clothing and accessories. Various motorcycle businesses, including Road Rider magazine (now Motorcycle Consumer News) and Dunlop Tires, informally advocated every third Wednesday in July as Ride To Work Day until 2000, when a non-profit organization was formed to promote the event throughout the motorcycling community.
Today, Ride to Work Day has evolved into an international grassroots movement, and many cities, including Cincinnati, Duluth (Minn.), Milwaukee, Richardson (Texas), San Diego, Santa Rosa (Calif.) and more have proclaimed July 16 as Ride to Work Day. The movement's website, www.ridetowork.org
, notes that more motorcycles and scooters in the daily commute improves traffic flow and makes urban parking easier. In addition, motorcycles and scooters consume fewer resources per mile than automobiles.
"Riding to work on this day is fun and shows the positive value of motorcycling,'' said Goldfine, who is currently an AMA board member. "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."
Participation in the yearly event is estimated to triple the number of riders on the road. For more information, visit www.ridetowork.org