Speaking of riding for a reason, the 32nd annual Motorcycle & Scooter Ride to Work Day is set for Monday, June 19th. Every year more than a million two wheeled moto-commuters demonstrate the benefits of riding, including: reduced road congestion, shorter commute times, more parking spaces and less fuel consumption. In advance of this year’s event, organizers are seeking the help of riders with community leaders.
“Your city can support this event by proclamation, and also encourage riding by providing free motorcycle and scooter parking at municipal ramps and metered spaces on this day,” says founder Andy Goldfine. “Join hundreds of other communities as well as many motorcycle and scooter groups and organizations supporting this year’s Ride to Work Day. We seek government, employer and community support and recognition of the positive social benefits of riding. Proclamations and providing motorcycle and scooter parking at no charge, are great ways to encourage this beneficial (and enjoyable) form of transportation.
There is even a full suite of tools including free propaganda materials and resources for cities, including:
Template for a letter to city Mayors, requesting a proclamation of support.
Template for a support proclamation.
List of all prior years supporting cities, and a .pdf of each city’s proclamation.
If your city officially supports Ride to Work Day by proclamation, contact local media, and also send a copy of the Proclamation so it can be posted on the website:
P.S. Because the recently established United States federal holiday of Juneteenth is the same day as the current RTW Day, many business and government entities now close on this day, and because RTW Day is about riding to work (as well as for utility transportation), starting in 2024 RTW Day will annually be on the Second Tuesday in June. This day is chosen because: A) it breaks up the workweek better than a Monday day does (RTW Day is a demonstration day), and B) because a midweek day is more likely to receive media coverage than a Monday or Friday.