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Ride to Work Day is Monday, June 19

Monday, June 19, has been dedicated as the 32nd annual International Motorcycle and Scooter Ride to Work Day.

Being visible, which includes wearing bright apparel and a light-colored helmet, is an important part of motorcycle safety while commuting. (Photo: Rider Magazine)

According to the Ride to Work Day website, the idea for the event was inspired by “Work to Ride – Ride to Work” marketing materials created between 1989 and 1991 by the Aero Design and Manufacturing Company, the Minnesota-based manufacturer of motorcycle riders clothing now known as Aerostich.

The first Ride to Work Day was July 22, 1992, and for several years, the third Thursday in July was informally recognized and promoted by businesses as the day for two-wheeled commuting. In 2000, the 501(c)(4) nonprofit Ride to Work was formed to officially organize and promote the event.

Starting next year and going forward, Ride to Work Day will be changed to the second Tuesday in June to avoid conflicting with the Juneteenth United States federal holiday.

Event organizers say this particular day was chosen because it breaks up the workweek better than a Monday event, and because it is considered a demonstration event, they believed a midweek day is more likely to receive media coverage than a Monday or Friday.

Read the full story on Rider magazine’s website and help “Spread the Word” about Ride to Work Day.

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