Commuting Together: Ride to Work Day Celebrates 25th Anniversary
If your commute on Monday seems a little louder than usual, we have a good guess as to why (and no, it's not all that Pennsylvania construction). It might just be the roar of thousands of motorcyclists headed to work.
The third Monday of June is celebrated worldwide as Ride to Work Day, and this Monday, June 20 is the celebration's 25th anniversary. The day highlights the motorcycle community and also motorcycles as a fuel-efficient transportation alternative.
Where It All Began
Believe it or not, it all started with just a T-shirt in Minnesota.
The shirt read "Work to Ride – Ride to Work," and it wasn't long before motorcyclists stepped back and thought, "That's not a bad idea." Several motorcycle community proposals later, the dream of one organized commute became a reality.
The first official Ride to Work Day was held on July 22, 1992. In more recent years, Ride to Work Day was moved up to the third Monday in June, allowing more motorcyclists worldwide to participate in ideal weather conditions. An estimated one million motorcyclists participate every year.
Thinking about riding to work on Monday, or just want to be prepared for the additional vehicles on the road? We're sharing motorcycle safety tips for Monday's commute for motorcyclists and motorists alike. The most important tip? Both parties should be respectful of each other, and remember to share the road.
Tips for Motorcyclists
- As always, gear up with head-to-toe safety equipment.
- Plan a motorcycle-friendly route ahead of time. Sitting in traffic on a motorcycle is a lot more uncomfortable than in a car.
- If you don't usually ride to work, make sure you have a parking plan. Is your bike far enough off the street? Should you consider getting a motorcycle disc lock?
- ide like you're invisible – that is, assume cars cannot see you. Because motorists only expect to see other cars on their commute, their eyes may not actively register that they are seeing a motorcycle.
- Adjust your lane position to maximize your visibility, and never ride in a motorist's blind spot.
Tips for Motorists
- Look twice for bikes! As we tell motorcyclists, if you're only expecting to see a car, your brain may not actively realize that there is a motorcyclist instead.
- Give motorcyclists as much space as possible – even more than another car. Motorcycles need room to avoid road defects, and they come to a stop more quickly than cars.
- Check your blind spots well and often. While motorcyclists do their best to stay out of them, a busy commute can make it more difficult for riders to perform a lane change.
- Be aware that motorcyclists often "downshift" in place of braking, and you may not see red brake lights.
- Use extra caution when driving immediately next to, in front of, or behind a motorcyclists. Motorcycles can seem faster and farther away because of their size.
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