The annual motorcycling campaign Ride to Work Day has the backing of some famous faces who have lined up to support motorcycling as the way forward for commuter transport.
Ride to Work Day is the campaign that promotes motorcycling as an alternative to the car and highlights the many social and environmental benefits associated with motorcycle use on today's often gridlocked roads. Supporters of motorcycling include Charley Boorman, Liberal Democrat MP Lembit Opik, singer Engelbert Humperdinck, former gladiator and journalist Janie Ormogobe, and sportsmen Sir Matthew Pinsent, James Cracknell and Iwan Thomas.
The MCI is encouraging all motorcyclists and even non-motorcyclists to participate in Ride To Work Day by taking part in an activity which demonstrates to friends, colleagues and others around them that biking is good for transport, a great way of getting about and that people from all walks of life have opted to use two wheels to travel.
Janie Omorogbe said, "Riding to work on two wheels is the only logical option for combating the struggle against our congested roads - not only that but it's great fun too! I've been riding from Portsmouth to London every day recently and although my round trip is 180 miles, I actually enjoy every moment of it. Early mornings are the best when the sun is just rising, the air smells fresh and there's nothing but me and my bike around. At times like that, it makes me chuckle that I can enjoy an other wise boring commute this much. I fully support the Ride to Work campaign, it's quick, easy and above all, it'll put you in a good mood all day!"
Lembit Opik said, ""Ride to Work Day aims to show that motorcycling not only has economic, social and environmental benefits, but that it's fun too. It will also highlight the fact that it takes less time to get to work by bike than it does by car. You can actually halve your journey time in London, and reduce it by a third elsewhere. That gives you more time to live life, and less time being a prisoner of Britain's gridlocked rush-hour roads. So get on your bike, or on the back of someone else's bike, for Ride to Work Day."
Engelbert Humperdinck, who is due to auction his Harley-Davidson for charity on e-Bay said, ""Travelling by motorbike is a fantastic way to get to work - it can be much quicker than driving; it's better for the environment; and it's the perfect way to enjoy beautiful summer weather. I've got several bikes, and I particularly enjoy riding them along the pacific highway in California - what a great way to start the day!"
Ride 2 Work Day will highlight that motorcycling:
- Cuts congestion
- Cuts pollution
- Cuts journey times
- Is convenient and flexible
- Is cost-effective