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Where have you guys been. Greatgrandpop has been riding to work daily and year round (except in snow for over 50 years. In the early 50.s work was only 10 miles from home and good thing because the old Triumph and BSAs were not the most reliable of transportation. In the 60s and 70s, Honda came along and GGP would put 10k a year on a CB450, CB750 Supersport, and in the 80s a VFR1100S Honda Sabre. The Sabre was the most roadworthy long distance daily commuter. I use to ride it daily from Bethesda MD to the Naval Research Lab near in Anacostia DC around the beltway 35 miles each way. After 63,000 miles on the Sabre, I was transfered to a position in Manasas Virginia for a daily work commute of 37 miles each way around the Washington Beltway. Maybe a lot of coworkers and company management considered my bike riding a little unprofessional, Being an engineer, I loved to ride. Figured that if I had to go to work each day, may as well have fun doing it. Was a little inconvenient in the winter months, putting on all the necessary clothing and logistics of changing into suit and tie for meetings, but hey, I'm retired now and can ride daily at age 76 for pleasure in the countryside without all the traffic. God only knows how many miles I've put in riding, but it kept me healthy and wealthy with all the money in gas I've saved. And must add that in all these years of riding, I have never had an accident or been given any traffic ticket violations. In Y2K, at age 73, GGP bought his first Harley, a Sportster XLH1200. After 15K miles it was shaking the cholesterol out of my arteries so I sold it and bought an 02 Harley Dyna Superglide. So much for Malcolm Forbes. Bought the Sportster because wasn't sure I could handle a Heavyweight machine having just come from a 97 Truimph TBird and 20K miles. Harleys are real pussycats. Easiest motorcycles in the world to ride and believe me, I've just about ridden them all. My first bike was a '37 250 Rudge basketcase that cost 10 bucks in 1948.
P.S. This is not propaganda, but truth that you can count on and verify. sincerely, Emanuel Briguglio

Hi Emanuel,

Thanks for your message and inspiring account of a lifetime of riding to work. I appreciate your support for RTW Day and hope that you will be riding everywhere on this years RTW Day, even though you are now retired. If you have any old photos, please send them along with your next message. Andy


Mark Garvey wrote:
A note here. I ride my motorcycle (or a bicycle!) to work most days and for much of my running around town too. So I will undoubtedly be riding July 16, (2003) whether motorcycle or bicycle is unknown at this point!
A small additional point. My favored motorcycle for commuting is a 1985 Honda CB125S. It gets nearly 100 mpg and will keep up with traffic even with ME aboard! (I weigh about 235)and costs me less than $100 a year to operate. contrast that with any automobile! My bicycles are even cheaper to run! but not by much!
I realize that you are a motorcycle organization, but bicycles too are a good part of the transportation mix. I use a mix of bicycles, my motorcycle and occasionally my car. You need to use what works best for the situation!
Cheers, Mark

Hi Mark,
Thanks for your message and encouragement. I use a bicycle for transportation, too. And because I live 3 miles from my workplace I also sometimes walk or roller blade (my skate's wheels detach from the boots ). As a tool for personal transportation, motorcycles fit somewhere between cars and bicycles. Ride to Work day is important because it shows everyone that motorcycles provide great benefits when they are used for transportation.

Your comment about 'using what works best for the situation' is what everyone should do.

I appreciate your support and hope you will join riders everywhere on RTW Day.

Andy


Peter Urda wrote:

My company is thinking about promoting Ride Your Motorbike to Work Day on July 16th, 2003. What types of things should my company consider when endorsing this event? What do other companies do to make this event more festive? I am the organizer for this event and I want to make sure I have all may bases covered.

Thanks,

Pete Urda
Health and Fitness Coordinator
AOL Columbus

Hi Peter,

Thanks for your message and question. RTW day is a fairly informal grass roots event. There are posters, press releases, pass-along cards and other propaganda materials available for free downloading from the RTW website. You can also download and print out a few copies of The Daily Rider, the newsletter of the RTW Day program.

Beyond putting up some posters on company bulletin boards and passing out some propaganda, you can encourage participation by allowing riders to park in a high profile spot in the company parking area. Some companies have an organized ride either before work, during lunch, or after work. One of the RTW press releases on the RTW website describes how to have a commuter challenge that local media can cover.

The reasons for promoting RTW Day at your company are because motorcycles are a social good. You can find the explanations of why they are on the RTW website or in any downloadable issue of 'The Daily Rider.'

I appreciate your support for RTW Day. Please take advantage of the material on the RTW website to make your company a leader in this demonstration. It will help everyone who likes motorcycles.

Andy


 Hello All,

I thought I might submit a few photos of one of my machines displaying a Ride to Work decal, and then some. I not only ride to work on this bike, I ride it _for_ work. I have a part-time contract with a bicycle courier service in Louisville, KY; the first and only at the present time. The bicyclists carry parcels within and around downtown, the central business district; I get called when an item needs to go from downtown to an office elsewhere in the metro area. I ride my 70 MPG Kawasaki EX250 for this purpose, specially outfitted for the task.

I am also a freelance graphic artist, and I use the same machine for taking proposals and proofs to my clients. This motorcycle is strictly for business, not pleasure (though I do enjoy riding it, of course); I keep track of my milage, and deduct it from my taxes. I have other bikes that I ride when I take personal trips.

Part of the purpose of CBD Courier, and my involvement with them, is to reduce city traffic and infrastructure load, but also to make a political statement. We ride every day. We wear the proper gear. We make a statement with our continuous presence that riding a bicycle or motorcycle is not radical, it is reasonable and appropriate, if not ideal for certain tasks. For commuting, carrying small loads and running errands, the bike is hard to beat in terms of fuel efficiency, traffic maneuvering and parking capabilities, and overall environmental impact.

Cheers,
Jeff Blanchard

PS= I have a website dedicated to the EX250, much of which addresses its usefulness as a machine for every day use.

Hi Jeff,

Thanks for your message great photos, which were forwarded to me by my associate Christine. Your report on your riding is terriffic and I'll add it and the photos to the items we're saving for possible use in a future Daily Rider newsletter.

I really like the personalized license plate on your bike and your EX 250 website. Our accountant Pete here at Aerostich commutes on his EX 250 almost every day 9 months of the year. He is currently on a 9 month national guard posting overseas, but as soon as he gets back here, I'm sure the third thing he will do is take the bike out. (He is married and has children, so that will be #1 and #2).

I appreciate your encouragement and support for Ride to Work Day and the related programs. I hope you've enjoyed the Daily Rider newsletters, too.
Andy


Susanna wrote:

I have always ridden to work, and school before that, as I cannot tolerate being trapped in a cage. I moved back to LA about 2 years ago, and find it shocking that 400 bikers will show up for bike night in Woodland Hills alone on any given wednesday, but I often see no other bikers on my (admittedly brief) commute to downtown LA. I think we should have some billboards on the major freeways here, simply stating: "If you'd ridden to work, you'd be home by now" or "lanesharing is not a crime, enjoy it while you can!" Anyway, I'd happily download the posters and all, but I think there needs to be more focus on getting people to ride everyday, not just on July 16th.(2003 RTW Day)

Hi Susanna,
Thanks for your message and kind comments. I agree that the RTW Day event needs to grow and broaden. Our resources are extremely small. Everything we do is supported by individual private contributions, so there is not much money available.

I agree that more effort could be focused on encouraging motorcyclists to ride every day, not just on RTW Day. This will become more important over time, but right now I hope the one day RTW event becomes a higher-profile demonstration about the potential social good of motorcycling. I think we are making progress in this direction. We are working on other things to help support and encourage everyday transportation riding, too. But with the limited resources available, emphasizing the 'demonstration' aspects of RTW Day seems most logical.

I have been working on developing and organizing the RTW Day event for three years. It will continue to grow, and more resources will become available as a result. As RTW Day grows, more people will recognize the value (and satisfaction) of riding to work. Hopefully they will then start do so more regularly.

I want to see those pro-RTW billboards just as bad as you do. I know we will have them someday.

I appreciate your support for RTW Day.
Andy


Don Muther wrote:

Hey Andy,
Just wanted to let you know that after receiving some Ride to Work propaganda yesterday, I forwarded it out. This morning i rode in early and went to our morning staff meeting. One of our managers asked why so many people were missing this morning, (RTW Day 2003) noting that the parking lot wasn't crammed full of cars. I took a look out there afterward. No one missed work. the parking lot isn't crammed with cars because so many guys "and gal" had bikes parked up by the building. Just amazing the amount of weekend riders that showed up. Of course we're having fantastic weather for it here in Germany right now so that helps. I think this ride to work campaign is really worth the effort. Its also nice to see more smiling faces in the AM. From folks who change their zombie-mobile routine. "You ever notice how many people look like zombies behind the wheel in the morning, I like to think of them more as sheep mindlessly following the pastor". Hope things are going as well there.
Take care,
Don

Hi Don,
Thanks for your message and wonderful report. In the Phillipines this morning (RTW Day '03) a RTW advocacy group planned for 300 rider breakfasts and served 430. How about that!

I appreciate your support. Remember, tomorrow (The day after RTW Day) is 'the heck with work, I'm going riding day'...

Andy


Joanne wrote:

The ride to work idea is a good one..However my Husband rides to work everyday, he owns no car & will not!! he rides rain, sleet, snow. & we ride to Daytona, Myrtle Beach, Ohio, & Laconia. We have 11 motorcycles, restore, collect memorabilia, and study the history of motorcycles, we are leaving NC for Ohio tomorrow for vintage motorcycle days...our house has motorcycle art, decor, and a 69 trident frame in the bedroom waiting restro.. and my 1973 aermacchi sprint 350SS in the living room, waiting seat, gas tank, & wiring...hey we only have a small garage :).... keep the word out...RIDE UM DON'T HIDE UM!!!!!! Joanne ..a.k.a. harleywld1

Hi Joanne,Thanks for your message. Your husband and you understand what riding to work and RTW Day means. I apprecate your encouragement and support.

Andy


You say you want to be "faster in the twisties?" Ride to work. You want to become a more competent motorcyclist? Ride to work. You want to feel empowered? Ride to work. You want to save time and money? Ride to work. Is this beginning to sound redundant? Be assured whether your round trip is 5 miles or 200 miles, preparing for your daily ride will improve your skill level and develop confidence. Guaranteed. And, there’s one more really important consideration that I find near and dear to my heart. The BEST part of my work day is the "riding there" and the "ride home." Riding to work every morning is stimulating, like a wake up shower or a good cup of strong coffee. Your brain engages and you mentally turn on for your day. By the time you arrive at work you’re stimulated and ready to go! I prefer stimulation to the frustration of being in a capsule driving my car, any day of the week. The ride home is like a good yoga class. The tension of the day falls off you as you focus on your ride and enjoy the freedom of two wheels. My daily commute used to be 88 miles. Now it is 12.5. The awareness you develop from a daily ride to and from work is apparent, regardless of the distance. Try it yourself for a few days. I challenge you to prove me wrong.

The 3rd Wednesday in July each year is designated as the national Ride To Work Day. Ride to Work (the organization) advocates and supports the use of motorcycles for transportation, and provides information about transportation riding to the public. Riding to work is fun. Riding to work reduces traffic and parking congestion. Riding to work leaves us alert and energized. Riding to work results in less pollution than commuting in a larger vehicle. Riding to work is less destructive to roads. Riding to work gets us to work (and back home) faster. Riding to work demonstrates motorcycling as a social good. Etc. You can learn more and contribute at www.ridetowork.org. Ride To Work is a 401C-4 Non-Profit organization.

Submitted by Charla Jean

Live, love, laugh and ride well!
F650 GSi, EX 500, RT 180

 



Ride To Work Day at HP Corvalis

 

It was great! Between 90-100 bikes. Everyone, bikers and spectators, loved it. Local shop donated some stuff and we had a raffle. People hung out and talked throughout the day. Management in transportation department loved it, and says "definitely an annual event." Next year thinking about having vendors, BBQ and whatever else we come up with.

Can share some of the ideas that worked well if interested.

Thanks for planting the seed!

Stasi Vaillancourt

Hi Stasi,

Wow! Thanks for your report and the great photos. What a fabulous job you did. Congratulations. I will add the photos to the ones we are saving for use in a future Daily Rider.

Andy


 

"VAILLANCOURT,STASI (HP-Corvallis,ex1)" wrote:

Andy, as promised, here are some key points to what made our RTW day successful (some of these would apply to larger corporations): Feel free to use, post or pass them on as needed.

�Find the company's transportation/environmental department and work with them, this can really help to get things done in an acceptable way. Keep asking/ looking until you find the right person.

�Get whatever support you can from local shops. We had minimum of a few raffle items donated from Honda shop -People show up for free stuff! When they sign up for the raffle, we had their attention for a moment and put a "I RODE IN" sticker on them (see attached) and handed them one of your propaganda cards. Had the drawing at noon and told people they had to be present to win. (more of the "bringing together" tactic) We had little cards people could put on their bikes with "name and # if you want to know more about this motorcycle."

�We are lucky to have a rep from Team Oregon, the state's motorcycle safety program, work here and he showed up with a full booth. We set up a few tables with the raffle items, motorcycle magazines, riding gear, books and anything else that riders wanted to share.

�Get the message out. We used a site-wide e-mail 1 week before. Flyers at break area. One thing we did not do and should have was leave cards on rider's bikes or in parking area a few days ahead -some bikers still didn't know about it.

�Have a pre-planned parking place just for the bikes -all the bikes. We called it a Rally and it really stuck. Riders can't resist all getting together, parking together and comparing notes. The general public is drawn in as well. It was fun seeing and hearing people that got their bike out just for the event! A mini Daytona Beach!

�Key point to the whole thing if it is set up like a rally -IT RUNS ITSELF! (management can breathe easier knowing they aren't giving up people's time and you really don't have to do much organizing) In the messages you send out, invite EVERYONE. It is good to have someone greeting riders in AM when they come in, offer a snack and get them signed up for whatever, help initiate conversations with other riders. Peak time for general public will probably be lunch. (read our attached original message that went out for the recipe). Riders meet other riders, riders talk to non riders about riding or getting started. I did organize some official riders to be there throughout the day, but mostly all riders could speak RTW mantra very fluently to anyone who came to "see the show."

�Have rider sign up sheet for e-mail -this can be just for setting up informal group rides or even clubs. Or any other ideas for helping get riders together beyond RTW day.

�We did the raffle at noon and it brought everyone together. You have their attention for a few minutes. Say thank you and whatever message you want to get across. I asked people to send me ideas for next year or general suggestions about how our company deals with motorcycles (some good ones have come in)

�As I mentioned, It was a success way beyond expectations. Management says next year is a definite go. I will start sooner working with local shops, trying to get some manufacturer presence. Maybe a new bike to look at, riding gear etc. I would like to see some scooters displayed also, these seem to be making a comeback and will give people more options. I am suggesting management set a goal for one of your "company of the year" awards. Suggestion: Maybe if you have enough entries you could have winners in every state or region -spread the encouragement.


 

Subject: Largest Ever Ride To Work Day Participation
Date: Thu, 17 Jul 2003 13:30:57 -0500
From: Chuck Barsness

The 12th Annual Motorcycle National Ride To Work Day Event At Ramsey County
A Big Success!

Wow - 61 bikes and 77 people participated in the 12th Annual Motorcycle National Ride To Work Day event at Ramsey County held the afternoon of July16th. That is a new record for attendance. Thanks to all who were there! We had a great day. The weather radar didn't look promising in the morning, but all the rain went south of the Twin Cities and the day got better and better as it progressed. Thanks to Tom Risor who put together a great route. We had a good lunch at Club 49 at the intersection of Hiway 49 and County Road J in Lino Lakes. Our ride took us through Centerville and west and north to EJ's in Linwood. Then north and east through North Branch to the Wild River Inn in Almelund. From there we went through Taylors Falls on our way to the Trail's End in Scandia. And we capped off the day with dinner at Yarusso's on Payne Ave. We all renewed lots of acquaintances and made several new ones. 125 miles of great roads and weather that was almost perfect. What more could one ask for?


Ramsey County RTW 2003


�Ridin to Work, Gerber Foods, 2003