The Ride to Work week is an annual event initiated by the Motorcycle Industry Association. The purpose is to raise awareness among the general public of the benefits of commuting to work by a two-wheeler. Read on to learn more about this event.
The Ride to Work week is an annual event initiated by the Motorcycle Industry Association. The purpose is to raise awareness among the general public of the benefits of commuting to work by a two-wheeler.
In 2017, the event is from 19th - 25th June. June 19th also happens to be the International Ride to Work Day. The event is also held in other nations such as Germany, Australia, Turkey, France, and Argentina.
Who is the event organised for?
The Ride to Work event is organised for the benefit of the motorcycle industry and all those who spend an insane amount of time stuck in traffic on a daily basis. If you have a motorcycle or scooter lying around unused, the event encourages you to start using it as a commuter vehicle. And also allows riders to share their experiences on how great it is to travel by a scooter or a motorcycle.
How is the event organised?
Due to the nature of the event, it can't be held at any singular location. Instead, on the Ride to Work week website, the section, ‘City Challenge’ encourages commuters across cities to travel from A to B on a motorcycle. It displays that in nearly all instances, motorbikes are faster than cars, bicycles, and public modes of transport. The purpose of the event is to declutter the roads in some of the UK’s busiest cities, such as Leicester, Brighton, London, Leeds, Manchester, and Bristol. Via the city challenge section, we can see that the motorcycle is the fastest way to get around busy cities and reduce the amount of time one spends in traffic.
Why should you be involved in the event?
There are several reasons as to why you need to travel to work via a two-wheeler unless it is absolutely impossible to do so. Commuting via a two-wheeler saves time as you spend lesser time stuck on the road. You can spend more time with your family, working, or doing any other activities. You can even catch up on some extra beauty sleep!
Travelling via a two-wheeler also reduces the hassle of parking as it is far easier to find parking for a vehicle much smaller than a normal car. In addition, purchasing and maintaining a bike is far cheaper than buying and maintaining a car. You can easily buy a cheap bike for the cost of a football season ticket.
Transport & Mobility Leuvens research found that road congestion would decrease by 40% if just 10% of all drivers swapped to a two-wheeler. This study was modelled on an analysis of one of the most congested traffic routes in Belgium. And while the numbers may vary, it is clear that shifting to motorcycles and scooters will reduce your travel time and decrease road congestion significantly.