checked with a few leading executives who ride to work and this
is what they have to say about riding to work and career impacts.
* I regularly attend client meetings on my Yamaha TRX 850, never
mind just travel to work. It's always gone down really well, a conversation
starter for sure, plus I never get stuck in jams and roadworks.
Certainly helps me stand out from the usual BMW/Audi drivers in
marketing etc...stand up and stand out from the crowd I say!!
Owner, Grainger Group Ltd
(Craig also runs motorbike tours http://www.motorbiketourswales.co.uk
besides his marketing consultancy operations.)
I would ride anyday but being female I have other problems to deal
with such as helmet hair! I have gone to a few low key meetings
on my bike and the conversation takes ages to get onto business!
I only ever had one prejudice before the colleague met me as he
thought I would be covered in tattoos with greasy hair. Some people
are so narrow minded. I'm a VP of Sales and my bike (CBR600RR 08)
has not affected my career. So, in my opinion, it's bike where ever
VP Sales at OmniPerception
* I would definitely go by bike at work everyday if it was not my
little girl who needs a drive to kindergarten.
I do not think this would damage my image, on the contrary. It’s
true it’s my own company and as far as my client’s concern…
I am in advertising and advertising people are generally accepted
as weirder than others. And it’s also true that being a woman
on a bike it’s a funny way to generate a sort of “wow”
that never hurts.
Owner, ID Studio
* I'd like
to believe there's no longer any prejudice regarding bikes in the
US but still get the odd look from colleagues when the subject comes
up. That said it doesn't stop me from riding into Manhattan for
interviews and meetings. You should see the looks I get when parking
the bike and stripping off my gear to reveal a suit and tie underneath.
Strategy / Business Development / Operations
is fantastic but riding is even better, half the wheels and double
pleasure ¡ Cannot see how being associated to a motorbike
can endanger your image at work. Those silIy prejudices do not deserve
any attention. I even come by bicycle ¡
-Jorge Martin Diaz de Espada
Ports / shipping engineer
I always ride to work and in fact have just got my employers to
build dedicated motorcycle bays with locking posts!
As I am NEVER
late for meetings (as I get to them on an R1), I think they see
it as a positive that I ride a bike. There should never be any need
for prejudice, especially if you are good at your job.
Senior web developer,UK.
There you go
folks! Let’s ride to work!
Ride to Work Day dates back to 1992, when an editorial in a
U.S.-based bike magazine advocated riders heed the slogan on garments
made by a motorcycle-clothing manufacturer: Work to Ride -- Ride
to Work. It wasn't until 2000 that a volunteer, not-for-profit organization,
Ride to Work Inc., was formed http://www.ridetowork.org./
Cheers and wishing you a Happy and prosperous New Year 2009!