2011 Ride to Work Day
The American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) is encouraging all motorcyclists to demonstrate the tangible benefits of commuting to work on a motorcycle or motorscooter on Monday, June 20, as part of the 20th annual Motorcycle and Scooter Ride To Work Day.
As always, the AMA urges all motorcyclists to be careful on the road, and reminds motorists everywhere to watch for motorcycles in traffic on this symbolic day, as well as year-round.
Rob Dingman (AMA President & CEO) says: “Ride to Work Day is a great way to show that motorcycles are fun to ride as well as an economical way to transport yourself from one point to another.
“With so many more riders on the road at this time of year, it’s also a good opportunity to extend a note of caution to riders and motorists alike to be aware of fellow road users. In most car-motorcycle crashes, the driver claims he or she never saw the motorcyclist. By increasing awareness of motorcyclists on the road, crashes can be avoided, and lives can be saved.”
This year marks the 20th annual Ride to Work Day, and it’s expected to more than double the number of riders on the road in cities and counties throughout the country.
Andy Goldine (Event Organizer and former AMA board member) says: “Riding on this day showcases the positive value of motorcycles and scooters for transportation. It is an economical, efficient and socially responsible form of mobility that saves energy, helps the environment and provides a broad range of other public benefits.”
Motorcycle and scooter enthusiasts and rider organizations worldwide encourage their members to ride to work on this day, and the event has also been recognized by proclamation by more than 100 American cities, including Albany, N.Y.
The day has also been recognized on the floor of the U.S. House.
Imre Szauter (AMA Government Affairs Manager) says: “Ride to Work Day is one of our best advertisements for the motorcycling lifestyle. With more riders on the road during rush hour, these benefits become even clearer. Motorcycles and scooters are a green and socially responsible form of transportation that reduce fuel consumption and wear and tear on roads, ease congestion, make parking easier and exponentially increase the fun of your commute.”
For more information about Ride to Work Day, visit RideToWork.org.