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PICKERINGTON, Ohio -- The American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) encourages all motorcyclists to participate in the 10th Annual "Ride to Work Day" on Wednesday, July 18.

"Ride to Work Day shows the American public that motorcycles aren't just recreational vehicles, but an alternate form of transportation," said Robert Rasor, President of the AMA.

The AMA believes that motorcycles can play an important role in reducing traffic congestion, especially in large urban areas. As an association committed to protecting motorcyclists' rights, the AMA also has an interest in demonstrating the size of the motorcycling community to policy makers.

"With the support of millions of American motorcyclists, Ride to Work Day can make a powerful statement about the strength of our voice in the democratic process," said Rasor.

In 1992, Andy Goldfine, founder of Aerostich Riderwear, launched this annual celebration of two-wheeled commuting, to make the public more aware of commuting motorcyclists. Last year, Goldfine established a non-profit corporation to promote the concept.

Shortly thereafter, the AMA's Board of Trustees unanimously passed a resolution to "approve and endorse the value of motorcycles as a vehicle for daily personal transportation and designate the third Wednesday of July as Ride To Work Day in recognition of that value."

The American Motorcyclist Association, founded in 1924, is a 270,000-member non-profit organization. The Association's purpose is to pursue, protect and promote the interests of motorcyclists, while serving the needs of its members. For more information, visit the AMA's website at, or call 1-800-AMA-JOIN.