Ride Your Motorcycle to Work Day 2014

  • June 16, 2014 · 6:00 AM

I know for some of you this is an everyday thing but for those that usually do not ride to work this is the day to do it!

Ride your motorcycle or scooter on this day to demonstrate:

* The number of motorcyclists to the general public and to politicians.
* That motorcyclists are from all occupations and all walks of life.
* That motorcyclists can reduce traffic and parking congestion in large cities.
* That motorcycles are for transportation as well as recreation.
* That motorcycling is a social good.

Ride to Work Day was inspired by "Work to Ride - Ride to Work'" marketing materials created between 1989 and 1991 by the Aero Design and Manufacturing Company, a Minnesota based manufacturer of motorcycle riders clothing. In 1992 these items inspired motorcycle magazine editor Fred Rau to write an editorial calling for a national ride to work day.

The first annual Ride to Work Day event was proposed in Road Rider magazine (now titled Motorcycle Consumer News) in the May 1992 issue. This is an excerpt from that "Ride to Work" editorial: "You may remember several months ago when Bob Carpenter, commenting in his 'Two Up' column, mentioned how neat he thought it would be if there was one day a year when everyone who owned a motorcycle used it to ride to work. That comment was prompted by a T-shirt produced by Aerostich RiderWear that simply said, 'Work To Ride, Ride To Work.' Everyone seemed to think that a national 'Ride To Work' day was one heck of a good idea."

The first Ride to Work Day event date was July 22nd, 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 world-wide, and to give more riders an opportunity to participate.

Ride to Work is a 501 c4 nonprofit, all-volunteer effort.


Click here for the Ride to Work Page

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  • Leigh S.

    The ride home this morning was nice except the A-hole in a cage that can't drive. Almost hit me twice. Couldn't brat the pretty sunrise and the nice cool breeze after a hot hard night's work though!

    1 · June 17, 2014

    • Joshua L.

      My abate instructor told us he keeps a bottle of water handy!

      2 · June 17, 2014

    • Jim C.

      Hey! Some good ideas :)

      June 17, 2014

  • Brian J

    Riding to work everyday (no rain) great ride to and from 28 miles round trip.

    1 · June 17, 2014

  • Nichole (.

    Good news I rode to work this morning great ride in even took a different route in. Bad news its looks like its about to storm so I pray it's not raining when I go home this evening. I've haven't done the ride in the rain thing yet...: ( so now she is in the parking lot covered up hey don't judge I just want to keep her dry!

    6 · June 16, 2014

    • Randy S.

      It rained around 10 o'clock were I worked to and then the rest of the day was sunny.

      June 16, 2014

    • Nichole (.

      My ride home was oh so dry and hot but it was great ok a made a few stops on the way but I was DRY!!!! Rode in again today! Not sure if I like this new route to work though I seem to get to here much faster...lol

      1 · June 17, 2014

  • Joshua L.

    The drive home at 11:30 pm was better than the drive in. I even saw a few more bikes on the roads!

    1 · June 17, 2014

  • Troy

    Loved the ride to work so much im going to do it again tommorrow.....problem was I got off at 5 and im just pulling in the house at 11:40..!!

    2 · June 16, 2014

  • Leigh S.

    I rode almost every day last year. Having trouble getting into the habit this year. Its hard getting used to all the bugs again! But a beautiful night to ride in!

    June 16, 2014

  • Jeff D. J.

    Just another day of riding to work!

    June 16, 2014

    • Randy S.

      Yes I ride to work every day to, most of the time rain or sunshine. But it's always nice to have a day set aside to recognize this activity.

      1 · June 16, 2014

  • Matt "Dawg" M.

    Great day outside. My only issue is that (when in town) I work out of the house. SO........... I took a ride the last 2 hours of work. Does that count? lol

    June 16, 2014

  • Bruce

    Great day to ride. Didn't have to leave until rain stopped.

    June 16, 2014

  • Ron & Bonnie B.

    The ride in was perfect. Great enjoyment.

    June 16, 2014

  • Tim M.

    Made Monday a lot better

    June 16, 2014

  • Charles F.

    Joshua it was also good to meet you again

    1 · June 16, 2014

  • Charles F.

    Sorry didn't make the ride to work show rain my rule of thumb is don't take off in the rain but if I get caught in it that's ok

    1 · June 16, 2014

  • Joe T.

    It rained briefly downtown about 30 minutes after I arrived at work

    Most days I see several motorcycles on the way in, today, ride to work day, I was the only bike on the road-lol.

    2 · June 16, 2014

  • Nathan

    Little soaker this a.m. at the airport today ! Oh well, that took the dust off !

    4 · June 16, 2014

  • Jim C.

    Beautiful ride this morning. Awesome rainstorm 2 hours later. Fortunately my job allows me to pull into a warehouse garage so no drying off needed. Now the sun shines brightly and I am prepping for a ride to McD's for lunch. God is awesome!!!

    2 · June 16, 2014

  • Jake M.

    Good reason for me to quit waiting and get the bike out. Beat the rain to work. Wish everyone a dry ride home.

    1 · June 16, 2014

  • Nickel

    Sorry all, I'll take the blame for the rain. See, Mother Nature hates me and anytime I have anything motorcycle related PLANNED, she sends rain. LOL...I snuck in some time on the cycle last Saturday by taking a vacation day on her. Take that Mother Nature!!

    3 · June 16, 2014

  • Nickel

    Always good when it involves riding!

    1 · June 16, 2014

  • Randy S.

    Not bad this morning.

    1 · June 16, 2014

  • Chuck C.

    Starting to sprinkle a bit. Took little girl to karate camp on bike.

    1 · June 16, 2014

  • DaveC

    Great ride in

    1 · June 16, 2014

  • Dan T.

    Looks like we are getting wet. Lol

    1 · June 16, 2014

  • Dan T.

    Looks like we are getting wet...

    June 16, 2014

  • AlwaysSmiling

    Fabulous!!!

    June 16, 2014

  • AlwaysSmiling

    I went through a couple rain clouds going to work this morning...but it felt good outside. Great Ride In!

    June 16, 2014

  • DaveC

    I was fully prepared to get out the Frogg Togs and gaters... not necessary this morning. Great ride in!

    2 · June 16, 2014

  • Vince S.

    Damn the weather man. I pack my rain gear and had a great ride in.

    2 · June 16, 2014

  • Joshua L.

    Take some pictures and post them!

    June 16, 2014

  • Randy S.

    Here I am at work, the ride in was nice and dry, no rain yet. Plus it looks like it will be good ride home.

    2 · June 16, 2014

  • Charles F.

    Sounds like a good reason to ride to work. Then take the long way home right.

    2 · June 14, 2014

  • Betty M.

    As long as it's not snowing LOLLOLLOL I'm beginning to wonder if this winter will ever end!

    2 · February 25, 2014

  • Cindy H.

    I don't work anymore but maybe I'll just go for a ride.

    2 · January 13, 2014

  • Nickel

    Won't actually be work that date but I will certainly be riding!

    1 · January 13, 2014

  • Joshua L.

    I was going to suggest a Monday Bike Night Dinner after the Ride to Work Day but I have a SAL meeting at the Legion post on the 16th. If people want to meet for dinner I can add it to the meetup just let me know where.

    January 13, 2014

  • Jay S.

    I try to ride my motorcycle to work everyday weather permitting. For me it's therapeutic. For those that typically don't ride their bikes to work this is a great idea.

    1 · January 13, 2014

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