This year marks the 26th annual Ride to Work Day – an informal social experiment to encourage more people to give motorcycling a try.
Ride To Work is a non-profit organization, advocating and supporting the use of motorcycles and scooters for transportation, and providing information about everyday utility riding to the public. For the last 26 years, this group of volunteers have encouraged and promoted the idea of an annual ride to work day. After all, what better way to save a bit of time, and have some fun then riding to work. It started humbly, with local rides and has grown to include events worldwide. Organizers include Andy Goldfine, Lynn Wisneski and Christine Holt. Andy Goldfine was kind enough to answer some questions for us.
RD: What’s the purpose of Ride to Work Day?
Goldfine: The purpose of Ride to Work Day is to show the value of using motorcycles and scooters for useful transportation and commuting to employers, government officials and the general public. A lot of information about this is available on the Ride to Work website.
RD: Who organized the first event?
Goldfine: The first Ride to Work Day event date was July 22,1992. For several years, various motorcycle businesses informally promoted every third Wednesday in July as Ride To Work Day. These early advocates included Road Rider Magazine, Dunlop Tires, and Aerostich/Riderwearhouse. The event continued to grow as an informal grass roots demonstration every year until 2000. That year a non-profit organization, Ride to Work was formed to help organize and promote Ride to Work Day. The first Ride to Work Day event led by this group 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 worldwide, and to give more riders an opportunity to participate.
RD: This year marks the 26th Annual Ride to Work Day event. How many countries do you expect to be celebrating?
Goldfine: Lots of countries are involved. A few of them are listed here: ridetowork.org/ride-to-work-worldwide
RD: How did you get involved?
Goldfine: I became involved after I created the T-shirt that inspired the first Ride to Work Day.
RD: What’s the goal of Ride to Work day?
Goldfine: The goal(s) of Ride to Work Day include demonstrating the number of motorcyclists to the general public and to politicians. Also that motorcyclists are from all occupations, and all walks of life, and can reduce traffic and parking congestion in large cities. We hope to show that motorcycles are for transportation as well as recreation and that motorcycling is a social good.
RD: How can I find an event near me?
Goldfine: Local events may be listed on Craigslist, motorcycle and rider group websites, company and campus bulletin boards (larger businesses and schools) and newsletters, etc. Local events are 100% volunteer-directed. Most participation is not formally organized. Individual riders simply choose to ride to work on this day.
RD: What if there is no event near me?
Goldfine: If there are no organized events in a rider’s area, we encourage those riders to ride to work as an individual.