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Calgarians rev up for Ride to Work Day

Motorcyclists, rev up your engines: Ride to Work Day is around the corner.

The international event, which takes place on Monday, promotes the benefits of riding a motorcycle or scooter to work.

“The benefits really are: motorcycles take up a lot less space, both in traffic and in parking, and they’re easier on the roads,” said Brad Watson, the event’s organizer.

“You get to work more enthused, looking forward to the day; you’ve actually had an experience getting to work,” he added.

This will be the 10th year Watson has brought event to the city.

“It is about sharing [my] interest with everybody else,” said Watson, who rides his motorcycle to work year-round.

Watson will be changing things up a bit at this year’s event, and has a few twists in store for riders.

The Alberta Sheriff’s Department will be riding their motorcycles to the event, Zero Motorcycles will bring three battery-powered electric bikes, and Red Wagon Diner will be parked in front of the TransCanada building for the day.

There will also be celebrity and people’s choice bike judging, and a late afternoon ride to Water Valley. Those who take part in the Water Valley ride will have a shot at winning a new mustang.

The event takes place at the TransCanada Tower, and riders are asked to make a $5 donation to support Richard’s Ride for Asthma Awareness.

Benefits of riding

  • Tests show that travelling by motorcycle can shorten journey times as much as 33 minutes every hour.
  • Motorcycles use significantly less fuel than other vehicles. If every work day were Ride to Work Day, 15,000,000 gallons of fuel would be saved per year.
  • Three to five motorcycles can fit in an automobile parking space

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