So many of you have done a free motorcycle ride through Get On, gone on to do a CBT or get your full motorcycle licence, we reckon thousands of you must be looking forward to being part of your first Ride to Work Day on Monday 18th June.
Check out this hilarious video from Ride To Work Day UK:
If it’s your first time, here are our 5 top tips for Ride to Work Day:
- Get your motorcycle ready. It hasn’t been great weather for regular riding, so your motorbike or scooter may be overdue for some TLC. Check the basics like tyre pressures, oil the bits that need oiling, and make sure the battery is charged and the tank full of petrol. If you don’t feel confident, take it to a professional for a service - some dealers are offering a free bike check before Ride to Work Day.
- Make sure you have all the right motorcycle kit. A well-fitted helmet, gloves and boots of course, but protective jacket and trousers that are warm/cool/waterproof enough for whatever the weather decides to do on June 18th will make all the difference. Some dealers have special offers for Ride to Work Week – what a great excuse to stock up on new motorbike gear!
- Ride with a friend. Nervous about riding to work for the first time? Try to team up with a more experienced rider who can help you find the best routes. Contact Ride to Work Day UK and they will try to link you up with a friendly local motorcyclist. Or, if you’re a confident rider, see if you can buddy up with a novice for the day.
- See what special events are happening in your area on the Ride to Work Day UK website. Free breakfasts, special offers on motorcycle gear or an after-work social rideout – all organised by local groups and dealers. Some employers are also organising events for their staff, recognising how much time, money and stress they can save by commuting on two wheels. Nothing near you? Still time to organise something yourself!
- Give yourself enough time to enjoy the ride to work. Yes, commuting by motorbike or scooter saves time (around 30% of commuting time in the city) but it’s also a lot more fun than other ways of getting to work or college. If you can’t bear to get up earlier, why not take the long way home? Nobody ever stayed on a bus or tube a few extra stops just because they were enjoying the ride too much.
Don’t forget to sign up on the Ride to Work Day Facebook page to say you’ll be part of Ride to Work Day UK this year, and to send us your photos afterwards.
Any tips you’d like to add?