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Ride to work day: The other benefits

Ready for the ride to work!
Ready for the ride to work!
Chris Brotherton

Tomorrow, June 21, is National Ride to Work Day, so people all over Eugene and the rest of the country will be riding their motorcycles to work. The main focus of Ride to Work Day is to show the usefulness of a motorcycle as everyday transportation. Bringing awareness to others is something that motorcyclists are used to being a part of. However, there are some other benefits that many may not realize.

For instance the most immediate benefit is the fresh air during your morning commute. Instead of being in a car in traffic, surrounded by the smell of whatever your kids may have spilled in there the night before, you could be on a bike with the smell of fresh cut grass, or flowers, or the perfume of the woman in the convertible in front of you.

During the day at work, you could possibly make new friends, or at least riding buddies. Seeing all the others who are sporting helmet hair will point out who else owns a bike, offering you the opportunity to strike up a conversation. By the end of the week, you may have a ride set up in an area that you have never been before.

Last and most importantly, you will gain your sanity. There is a saying, “You never see a motorcycle parked in front of a psychiatrist’s office.” Long day at the office? Throw a leg over the bike and take the long way home. As you spend your time concentrating on the ride, feeling the bike pull your soul through the curves, you suddenly stop thinking about work and anything that happened there. If you ride on a regular basis, you may even wind up hating your job less.

These are just a few of the benefits that can come from riding your motorcycle to work for only one day. Just imagine what would happen if you started riding it on a regular basis…


  • Olivia 5 years ago

    Using your motorcycle for "me time" is a great way to relieve stress. And of course riding a bike for your commute can cut down on transportation costs, which is a financial stress reliever. Good suggestions all around... :D

  • Mom 5 years ago

    I know a shrink who rides a motorcycle. It seems to work for him too.

  • Roberta Baxter Eugene,OR. Dogs Examiner 5 years ago

    Good article for the relieving of stress. thank you! Well done.

  • Patty Davis 5 years ago

    Even on days I can't ride, just throwing a leg over the motorcycle seat and sitting for a while is a stress reliever for me.

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