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Ride to Work Day

By James - 4/23/2005

A while back I came across a promotion for Ride to Work Day but haden’t thought about it until today. I saw a sign for Earth Day, which I guess was yesterday, and thought about why we feel the need to assign “days” to certain subjects. I get Mother’s Day and Father’s Day, even Barry Bonds Day down at Pac Bell Park. But there are some things, like motorcycle or environmental awareness, that a single day out of 365 will not help.

Even if everybody who has a motorcycle commutes to work on Ride to Work Day, I wouldn’t ride that day. This is for two reasons. The first is spite. If the treehuggers think that my environmental awareness is so low that they need to beat me over the head with it I will spend Earth Day ruining the Earth. I don’t need someone telling me when I need to do this or that. I am a big boy who is actively engaged in my environment every day. It is one of the reasons I ride a motorcycle.

The second reason I would not ride to work on Ride to Work Day is that I am familiar with how the weekend motorcyclists ride. They are borderline dangerous when traffic is light, I would hate to see them when it is stop and go and I am splitting lanes. That would be a mess.

So I encourage you to ride to work any day, especially now that the weather is getting nicer. But do it because you enjoy it or it makes your life easier or it makes you more productive, not because someone tells you you should for some “cause".



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  1. I agree with the part about the “weekend bikers". When I rode on that “Ride for Ryan” there were about 10 bikers who ride only occasionally, and boy they came close several times on killing themselves. First, they are very unfamiliar with formation-riding, and are very foolish with the throttle. One of them actually, wiped out at the gas station, because he didn’t realize how slick the concrete is at gas stations. Talk about not riding very often!

    Comment by Steve — 5/1/2005 @ 11:02 pm

  2. For me, almost every day is Ride to Work day, but I did see the website and left a story about the time I wiped out on a diesel slick…in a curve. And I’m an experienced rider. As far as the weekender crowd goes, rather than just shrug and get frustrated, why not recommend a MSF course or some of Jerry Paladino’s great videos? And encourage them to commute to work by m/c. With the price of gas today that shouldn’t be too hard. ;)

    Comment by Nancy — 5/17/2005 @ 5:18 pm

  3. I have ridden for over 25 years and believe everyone should be required to take a MSF before getting thier endorsement. My wife and I will not ride with the local HOG chapter because there are too many “unknowns". I ride to work as often as I can. Makes the day go sooooo much better.

    Comment by Gene — 6/20/2005 @ 1:34 pm

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