By June 15, 2009

Ride to Work Day (for 65 straight days)

Every third Monday in June is national Ride to Work day. The object is to show what the impact would be if folks left their cars at home and rode in on their motorcycles, scooters, or mopeds. The theory is that traffic would flow better, people would use less gas, and parking would be more plentiful since you can put multiple two-wheelers in one spot. I wish motorcyclists did this more than once a year (something I said last year, too), but I guess something is better than nothing.

I have a forty-four mile round trip commute every day. I try to make the most of it by riding my motorcycle in. Last year I rode 38 straight days to work before a required service on my MazdaSpeed3 torpedoed my streak. As soon as daylight savings hit and the March snowstorm melted I started riding to work again. There was one day of “wintery mix” that I bailed on, but aside from that I’ve been riding to work every day ever since. I started counting the next Monday after that wintery mix day, and today marks Day 65 of riding to work.

Yes, I got rained on. Yes, I rode in lightning. Yes, I probably should have taken my car in a few times, but getting to work on my bike makes me so much happier. I have taken Cylon, Raider, and Apollo in that time period. Apollo is getting his first true run from the house to work today (I brought him in from the dealer in Fredericksburg with 0.0 miles on him last Friday) and I expect him to carry me for the next 65 work days.

and this is what the weather looked like when I rode in today:

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4 Comments on "Ride to Work Day (for 65 straight days)"

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  1. Starbuck says:

    Congrats on your 65 day streak 🙂

  2. Tomax says:

    Congrats on making it in on new tires….jeez!

  3. Nick says:

    Very cool. I live near Raleigh. Same Radar picture, same results. Wet ride, worth the discomfort. I don’t have 65 straight days, but I think I’ll start keeping score…

  4. Cap'n says:

    I think I’m on Day 85. I started in mid-March, and have had a week and change off for vacation. I don’t have a car, though, so there’s no temptation (winter route is a company shuttle which takes twice as long). Commute is 27 miles each way from Boston to Framingham. I too wish the riders in my building wouldn’t flinch everytime the forecast calls for more than a 10% chance of rain. Hell, Boston saw 3 days total in June with no rain… I had gear that didn’t fully dry out for over a month.