June 20 Is Ride To Work Day
The internationally-recognized Ride to Work Day, which is held on the third Monday of June, is coming up in just a couple weeks. The 501 c4 non-profit organization advocates and supports the use of motorcycles and scooters for transportation, and provides information about everyday utility riding to the public.
Motorcyclists are encouraged annually to ride their motorcycles on Ride To Work Day to demonstrate:
- The number of motorcyclists to the general public and politicians
- Motorcyclists are from all occupations and all walks of life
- Motorcyclists can reduce traffic congestion in large cities
- Motorcycles are for transportation as well as recreation
Motorcycle and moped drivers have the same rights and duties as drivers of motor vehicles. However, the greatest risk to motorcyclists is other drivers as more than half of rider fatalities occur due to another vehicle hitting them.
“Check Twice, Save a Life”
You might see that phrase on a bumper sticker occasionally, but what does it really mean for licensed drivers? It’s a reminder to double check for oncoming motorcycles, because it is easy to misjudge the speed and distance of a motorcycle. Checking your blind spots and using your turn signals are also easy ways to share the road and avoid an accident with riders.
Rules for Motorcyclists
- Under Florida law, motorcyclists must wear eye protection and U.S. Department of Transportation-compliant protective head gear or helmet. Motorcyclists over the age of 21 can only ride or operate a motorcycle without a helmet if they have proper insurance coverage.
- To obtain a motorcycle endorsement on their driver license or a Motorcycle Only license, motorcyclists must complete an approved motorcycle safety course.
- Motorcycles and mopeds may not be operated on bicycle paths or foot paths.
Tips for Motorists
- Never attempt to share the lane with a motorcycle. The motorcyclist is entitled to the entire lane.
- Watch for motorcycles and look carefully before pulling into an intersection or changing lanes.