New Ride To Work Press Release

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For Immediate Release
Date: July 10, 2001
Subject: 10th Annual Motorcycle Ride to Work Day



The 10th annual nationwide "Ride to Work Day" will take place on Wednesday, July 18th. Several million motorcyclists are expected to commute on their bikes to help demonstrate:

A) That motorcyclists are from all occupations and all walks of life.
B) That motorcyclists can reduce traffic congestion in large cities.
C) That motorcycles are for transportation as well as recreation.
D) That motorcycling is a social good.

This year's event has been endorsed by many rider organizations including the American Motorcyclist Association, the Motorcycle Rider's Federation, Harley Davidson owner clubs, BMW owner clubs, Honda owner clubs, etc...and also has been recognized and supported by special interest publications like Cycle World, Motorcycle Consumer News, and others.

"Today there are over two hundred and twenty million cars and light trucks crowding our roads. If more motorcycles become a regular part of the transportation mix, it will make urban parking easier and traffic will flow better. Only a small percentage of the six million registered bikes are currently being used for utility and commuting purposes. Motorcycles are efficient, clean, save energy and reduce infrastructure wear. Riders usually arrive at their destinations more invigorated and refreshed than is possible with other modes of travel. In advanced countries like Japan, Germany, and England, motorcycling for transportation is widely appreciated as a social good. Motorcycles may seem excessively risky but actually they are statistically similar to all automobiles...on an injury per mile basis...when behavioral and sociological risk factors are accounted for. Being fully seen by other road users, as riders are, is non-threatening and helps reduce road rage incidents. Riding is good for everyone." says Andy Goldfine, organizer of Ride to Work Day.

On the annual Ride to Work Day, transportation riders seek:
- Increased employer recognition and support
- Affirmative action private and municipal parking policies
- Affirmative action related tax policies
- Health care coverage parity
- Police enforcement and judicial parity
- Road and infrastructure reforms

For more information contact:
Jean Vincent
Andy Goldfine

Web: www.ridetowork.org
Phone: 218 722 9806
Fax: 218 720 3610
E mail: agoldfine_rtw@ridetowork.org
    and jvincent_rtw@ridetowork.org
Postal: Box 1072 Proctor, MN 55810-1072