Lee Gray, mayor of the city of Pickerington and fellow motorcyclist, visited the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum to present Jeff Massey, AMA chief operating officer, with a proclamation for Ride to Work Day on Monday, June 15.
Lee Gray, mayor of the city of Pickerington, Ohio, and a motorcyclist, visited the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum to present Jeff Massey, AMA chief operations officer, with a proclamation for Ride to Work Day on Monday, June 15.
“Riding motorcycles is not just something people do as only a recreational activity or for competition,” said Massey, while accepting the proclamation. “It’s a common good to society when people decide to ride to work, in terms of what it does for the environment as well as preserving energy. It also gives us an opportunity to highlight some of the important issues that face motorcyclists, including motorcycle-only checkpoints, E15 mandates, healthcare discrimination and things of that nature. We fight for our members every single day.”
Jeff Massey, AMA COO, accepts a proclamation on behalf of the AMA from Lee Gray, Mayor of the City of Pickerington.
Mayor Gray commented, “As always, the city of Pickerington is honored to have AMA as one of its corporate partners, and we’re glad you’re here.”
The proclamation noted that “motorcycles, when compared to cars and SUVs, use less fuel, emit less carbon dioxide and have less impact on our infrastructure, and motorcycles require only a fraction of the space taken by other vehicles to park.”
It also stated that “motorcycling is a beneficial mode of transportation and provides recreational opportunities for people from all occupations and walks of life.”
Andy Goldfine, who started Ride to Work Day and is the 2015 event organizer, said the event is intended to “seek employer recognition and support for this form of transportation and increased public and government awareness of the societally positive benefits of utility riding.”
A 2011 study in Brussels by Transport & Mobility Leuven concluded that if 10 percent of cars on the roads of Belgium were replaced with motorcycles, exhaust emissions would fall 6 percent and traffic congestion would be reduced by 40 percent.