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Riding To Work
By James T. Parks
RoadRunner Magazine, September 2006
Motorcycling along my secret back road route to work on a spring morning, I’m completely focused on the ride. With no thought of the challenges waiting at my job, I’m enjoying the fresh scents of budding flowers and some colorful scenery on a two-lane byway curving through an attractive suburban area.
Ride To Work Day
All Rights Reserved © 2006 James Hesketh"Get your motor runnin'
Head out on the highway
Lookin' for adventure
And whatever comes our way
Yeah Darlin' go make it happen
Take the world in a love embrace
Fire all of your guns at once
And explode into . . . "
Riding to WorkAll Rights Reserved © 2005 Thomas W. Day
This year, Ride to Work Day (RTWD, for those of you who live and die with acronyms) happens on July 20. In October of 2003, the AMA adopted and endorsed Ride to Work Day and, maybe, that will light a fire under mainstream motorcyclists to make this an event. I'm not holding my breath, but it could happen.
The Independent Thursday, July 17, 2003
Motorcycle riders can be found in all professions
National Ride Your Motorcycle to Work Day inspires breakfast gathering in Grand Island
Hall County Judge David Bush and about 30 of his motorcycling friends gathered Wednesday morning for breakfast to kick off National Ride Your Motorcycle to Work Day. Bush sent e-mails, made phone calls and posted notes to gather the group that included city employees, police officers, a dentist, a doctor and retailers for the 7 a.m. meal at Perkins Restaurant.
The purpose of the national event is to raise public awareness about the people who ride motorcycles, he said. Bush, who has been riding since high school, joked with the other bikers about who was going to pay for breakfast as they sat and talked about motorcycles and trips they've taken on them.
FROM THE HIP
From Minnesota Motorcycle Monthly, #59 July 2003
It's July and that means time for my usual why aren't you riding to work rant. Like my Elvis record doomed to skip for eternity on the refrain of Suspicious Minds, this time of year I am the proverbial one-track mind. July 16th is Ride to Work Day and this is your chance to show "The Man" what you're really all about. Ride to Work day is the creation of Minnesota's very own Andy Goldfine, known motorcycling maven and if MMM ever gives out awards for the most positive people in motorcycling, Andy will be at the top of our list.
IT'S THE RIGHT THING TO DO
From Long Riders, July 2003
The Backfire Column by Mike Seate
It you're reading this column at your place of employment, ask yourself a simple question: ;how did you arrive at work today? If you're like over 220,000,000 _ that's right, two-hundred and twenty million _ other American commuters, you made your way from home to the job site in a four-wheeler of some sort. And it doesn't take long to realize that road traffic, in even the most remote areas, can be a nightmare during the morning and afternoon rush hours. The easy solution to making the daily commute more enjoyable, at least for the six-plus million of us who ride motorcycles, would be to use our bikes for the rite to work. But for some reason that continues to defy traffic planners, environmentalists and Any Goldfine, because few of us ride to work.
My favorite day of the year is coming up: RIDE TO WORK day is Wednesday, July 16, 2003, and I hope that there will be five million fewer cars on American roads on that date. I can list all the advantages of riding your motorcycle to the office or factory, from changing your dreary commute to a pleasure trip, being able to park right close to the entrance, bonding with your bike, dazzling your coworkers with the beauty of your machine, and, best of all, leaving your colleagues behind in the traffic jam when you all head for home.
VIEW FROM OVER THE (LAP)TOP
From City Cycle Motorcycle News July 2003
By Mark Kalan, Editor and Publisher
I have a dream. I wake rested and alert to the sun bathing my room with soft light. My wife rolls over, reaches toward me smiling and plants a big, wet one on my lips. I'm thinking that Cher looks pretty good this hour of the morning. As I begin to return her affection I notice that the calendar on the wall reads July 16.
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Work To Ride, Ride To Work
by Bill Andrews
Mar. 27 - It didn't seem like that [Click to enlarge] radical an idea: everyone agree on a day when we all ride our motorcycles. As simple and fun as that may sound, it was a new idea back in 1992 when a small group of people decided to show the non-riding public just how viable motorcycles are for commuting, and how motorcyclists come from all walks of life.
Do You Know What Day It Is?
It's one that's good for the soul
Okay, folks, it's quiz time. How many of you know what Wednesday, July 18, 2001 is? Here's a clue: It's an anniversary. Think about it. Middle of the work week, middle of the summer... oh, come on! This should be soooo easy!
July 18, 2001 is the 10th anniversary of National Ride to Work Day. Never heard of it? Man, you really need to get out more...on your motorcycle!