Motorcycle Cruiser, the American Motorcyclist Association and other pro-motorcyclist organizations are encouraging motorcyclists to commute to work on a motorcycle this Monday, June 18, in celebration of the 21st Motorcycle and Scooter Ride to Work Day -- and to ride responsibly while doing it.
Ride to Work Day is now an international event with participation around the world, and is recognized by the federal and local governments in the United States. For millions of workers, motorcycles and scooters are an economical, efficient and socially responsible form of mobility that save energy, protect the environment and provide a broad range of other public benefits.
According to the United States Census Bureau and the Department of Transportation, over 80 million cars and light trucks are used for daily commuting on American roads, and about 200,000 motorcycles and scooters are a regular part of this mix. On Ride to Work Day, the practical side of riding becomes more visible as a large number of America's motorcycles are ridden to work.
International Ride to Work Day & Motorcycle Statistics:
- International Ride to Work Day was started in 1992
- Only 4.3-percent of all registered motorcycles in the United States are used for year-round primary transportation, according to the Motorcycle Industry Council.
- The average United States vehicle driver travels approximately 29 miles per day and drives a total of 55 minutes per day at an average vehicle speed of 32 miles per hour based on U.S. Department of Transportation, Bureau of Transportation statistics.
- Tests by the Motorcycle Industry Association comparing car and motorcycle performance on real journeys suggest that traveling by motorcycle can shorten journey times by as much as 33 minutes of every hour for town center and city travel, and 20 minutes of every hour for travel through a mixture of built-up and non built-up areas.