21st Annual Ride to Work Day
If you noticed less traffic congestion today, you’ll most likely be able to thank the thousands of commuters everywhere who ditched their cars, trucks and SUVs and rode their motorcycles or scooters to work for the 21st annual Ride to Work Day. According to the Ride To Work organization, Ride to Work Day was inspired by “Work to Ride – Ride to Work‘” marketing materials created between 1989 and 1991 by the Aero Design and Manufacturing Company, a Minnesota based manufacturer of motorcycle riders clothing. In 1992 these items inspired motorcycle magazine editor Fred Rau to write an editorial calling for a national ride to work day.
The first Ride to Work Day event formally led by the Ride to Work Organization was the third Wednesday in July of 2001. This day was the annual day until 2008, when it was changed to the Third Monday in June. This change was made to climatically better accommodate riders world-wide, and to give more riders an opportunity to participate.
The Motorcycle Industry Council and the Motorcycle Safety Foundation have joined in by encouraging their employees to participate. The associations are even encouraging staffers to take the longer, scenic route to and from work today, and to take their time locating a cool, motorcycle-friendly place for lunch. If you spaced out on the ride to work day this morning, run home at lunch if you can and join in the afternoon rush on a bike!