The fourth annual Australian Ride your Motorcycle to Work Week next month has been changed to simply “Ride your Motorcycle” due to the pandemic.
Obviously that refers to the fact that many riders may not have wrk to ride to or may be working from home.
The initiative was developed and organised by the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries with the backing of the industry.
In June, the FCAI urged inactive motorcyclists who haven’t ridden for some time to ride again, especially for commuting, as the pandemic travel restrictions begin to ease across the country.
Now, the focus has shifted again.
Running from September 21 to 27, the 2020 edition of Ride Your Motorcycle To Work Week will see ‘To Work’ temporarily crossed out of the event logo.
Instead, the initiative will encourage two-wheeled enthusiasts to ‘Ride This Thing Out’, dust-off their bikes and scooters for good mental health and socially distanced recreation.
FCAI Motorcycle Manager Rhys Griffiths says the week is an opportunity to have some fun, whether commuting or recreating.
“There’s no doubt 2020 has been challenging, but together we can ride this thing out,” he says.
“The pandemic has hit everyone hard and the mental health benefits of riding are well documented. Riding makes you happy and right now, Australians need a break. The biggest smiles are always hidden behind a helmet.”
The event also aims to draw attention to two-wheeled transport as a potential solution in COVID-19 recovery.
“Riding has a real role to play in helping Australia get back to work, offering socially distanced transportation and alleviating congestion and parking issues.”
“Our aim this year is primarily about reminding Aussies how much fun they can have on a bike, but our secondary goal is to capture the attention of policy makers who too often overlook riding in developing transportation infrastructure.”
The Ride Your Motorcycle to Work Week team is monitoring the evolving COVID-19 situation in Victoria and other states closely and will provide any updates via the event Facebook page.
All riders should adhere to any and all Government regulations at all times.
The industry initiative also offers an online DIY guide to ensuring your motorcycle is ready for the road.