Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Ride to Work Day?

Every year, an organization called "Ride to Work, Inc." declares a summer day "Ride to Work Day." In 2007, that day will be July 18. (As far as I can tell, the only reason for the group's existence is to promote the day. Their website is http://www.ridetowork.org .)

Their mission statement says they support the use of motorcycles for transportation. Novel concept, huh? And evidently the day they promote is a "show of force," if you will. They hope a lot of people will ride, and the non-motorcycle-riders will take note and be envious, and maybe consider what losers they are to be sitting in cars, pickup trucks, and SUVs.

I only rode my motorsickle to work 2 days in 2005. One of 'em was "Ride to Work Day." I was joined by maybe 30 other riders at the office building where I work. It was actually pretty cool - we lined the scooters (of every variety) up on the tarmac, out front of the building. A bunch of us went on a lunch-time ride to the Crow Inn... a little place just far enough from the office to make the ride interesting.

The other 2005 day I rode a motorcycle was in October, when I spoke at a funeral. I had to wear a suit, and didn't want it to get all sweaty as I rode my bicycle to the church.

I rode a bicycle on the rest of the days (as I've done on most days since 1985). I also missed Ride to Work Day in 2006, and will likely skip 2007... the bicycle is my chosen ride.

Can you "make a statement" by riding a motorcycle to work one day a year, on Ride to Work Day? I'm thinking not likely. But it sure beats going to work in a car!!!

(My motorcycle is in the top photo, directly behind the lamp post.)

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