It was pure coincidence that I rode to work on Ride to Work Day. After two weeks off I left early enough for a leisurely commute and stopped to make one photograph during a small rustic detour. At 7:30am the temperature was already above seventy degrees. It was a near perfect ride to work.
Only later in the day did I realize it was Ride to Work Day. Judging by the small number of motorcycles and scooters I saw on the road today it’s hard to imagine there being much traction to the idea of commuting on two wheels. There are a zillion practical reasons why commuting in a car or truck is the common choice while the perception of two-wheeled commuting is inconvenient and downright dangerous. And motorcycles and scooters are, well, toys.
As long as the machines we love are looked upon by much of the public, and our elected officials, as toys and recreational vehicles, we shouldn’t expect much in the way of support or respect. Perhaps the Ride to Work effort will add to the voices of riders in America.
I know there are a few things I would like to see happen. Selfish things. Traffic lights that respond to a scooter. Paint used for road lines that doesn’t become slippery when wet. Parking spaces for motorcycles so I don’t feel bad taking up an entire space with my scoot.
Just to name a few.