Ride to Work Day, an annual event held on the 3rd Monday in June, is a day dedicated to demonstrating the positive qualities that motorcycles and scooters have to offer. If you do not own a motorcycle or scooter, it might make sense to at least give one a try since they are an enjoyable form of transportation, economical, efficient, and more environmental friendly than automotive transportation.
First, A History Lesson
Between 1989 and 1991, Aero Design and Manufacturing Company, a motorcycle riders clothing manufacturer out of Minnesota, created a set of marketing tools titled “Work to Ride – Ride to Work”. Motorcycle magazine editor Fred Rau was so inspired by these marketing tools that he decided to write an article that called for a national Ride to Work Day. Following Rau’s article, Aerostich RiderWear designed a t-shirt that displayed the phrase ‘Work to Ride, Ride to Work’ on the front of it. Individuals around the country all thought the idea was pretty awesome.
For several years, Ride to Work Day had already been promoted by many businesses including Road Rider Magazine, Dunlop Tires, and Aerostich/Riderwearhouse. However, on July 22nd, 1992, motorcycle and moped drivers from around the country participated in the very first Ride to Work Day event.
In 2000, a non-profit organization called Ride to Work was created with the purpose of organizing and promoting this nationally celebrated event. The first event promoted by Ride to Work took place on a Wednesday in July of 2001. That was the official date until 2008 when the annual date was changed to the 3rd Monday in June. Today, motorcycle and moped riders look forward to this day every year.
Throughout the years, Ride to Work Day has been changed and updated to accommodate to allow riders all over the globe. This day has and continues to provide the opportunity for more riders to get involved and participate.
Why Should You Participate in Ride to Work Day?
In addition to enjoying a nice ride, when you participate in Ride to Work Day, you’ll be helping promote the following:
- Riding motorcycles is a great way to help decrease traffic congestion in large metropolitan areas.
- Motorcycles are a great way to decrease emission levels
- Motorcycles are a great way to improve your physical health
- Get stronger knees and thighs
- Improve core and neck strength
- Burn more calories than commuting in a car or truck
- Motorcycles are a great way to improve your outlook on life possibly providing you a new lifestyle to appreciate, an improved state of mind to embrace, and introductions to a variety of people all from different backgrounds.
Before you Ride, Strap Up!
When you participate in Ride to Work Day, make sure you wear your helmet. Although it’s not required by law in many states, it’s good practice. A motorcycle helmet could save your life, and for those states that require a helmet use, you’ll save yourself the headache of a ticket. To get access to a full chart of motorcycle laws for all 50 states, click here.
Also, for some additional tips on riding safely, check out our Motorcycle Safety Month article.