Monday, June 20, 2011

U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (AZ) on Ride to Work Day

Today - Monday, June 20th 2011 is the 20th "Ride To Work Day" to promote motorcycle awareness. A good day to ride, and especially this year, let's all ride for Gabby! 

U.S. Representative Gabrielle Giffords of Arizona has always been a strong advocate for the motorcycle industry. So it is with special interest that we watch and are hopeful that she will make a complete recovery from the gunshot wounds she suffered earlier this year. She made a brief visit to her hometown on Friday with her husband Mark Kelly and was en route Sunday back to Houston, where she will now begin outpatient rehabilitation.

We hope to see Gabby back on two wheels, enjoying the open road once again! 

As a motorcycle rider and motorcycle racer for more than 20 years, she made this video on behalf of the Motorcycle Industry Council in 2009 encouraging "Ride To Work Day."

So ride your motorcycle or scooter on this day for Gabby! 
And to demonstrate:

• The number of motorcyclists to the general public and to politicians.
• That motorcyclists are from all occupations and all walks of life.
• That motorcyclists can reduce traffic and parking congestion in large cities.
• That motorcycles are for transportation as well as recreation.
• That motorcycling is a social good.

The first Ride to Work Day event date was July 22nd, 1992. For several years various motorcycle businesses informally promoted every third Wednesday in July as Ride To Work Day. These early advocates included Road Rider Magazine, Dunlop Tires, and Aerostich/Riderwearhouse. The event continued to grow as an informal grass roots demonstration every year until 2000. That year a non-profit organization, Ride to Work was formed to help organize and promote Ride to Work Day. The first Ride to Work Day event led by this group was the third Wednesday in July of 2001. This day was the annual day until 2008, when it was changed to the Third Monday In June. This change was made to climatically better accommodate riders world-wide, and to give more riders an opportunity to participate. Details:

Posted by MJ Lloyd Reynolds/MJR Media marketing services for the motorcycle industry -