It may not be as popular as Take Your Child to Work day but June 17, PennDOT's National Ride to Work Day, gets just as much hype in the motorcyclist community.

"National Ride to Work Day is a great way to highlight the freedom and excitement riders experience on their motorcycles," PennDOT Secretary Barry J. Schoch said. "The event is also a reminder that motorcycles and other vehicles should share the road safely throughout the riding season."

According to PennDOT, there were nearly 4,000 motorcycle crashes statewide last year resulting in 210 fatalities. With hopes of bringing this number down Pennsylvania Motorcycle Safely Program offers free training through a program which offers courses accommodating to basic and advanced riding skills.

Riders are always encouraged to ride safe throughout the year but with June 17 quickly approaching leather lovin', Harley drivin', tattoo showin', motorcyclists are reminded to join the pledge to "Be One Less" statistic with PennDOT's interactive motorcycle safety website, www.livefreeridealive.com.

For more information or to schedule a course, visit www.pamsp.com or call 1-800-849-9533, Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and noon.