Photo by Jennifer Griffin
The 2020 presidential election has been complicated by COVID-19, which is affecting the availability of polling sites, volunteer turnout and much more. The pandemic is one of a host of reasons why we need to think about mobility inequality, how it prevents millions of people in underserved communities from using their voices, and what we can do moving forward to address this issue.
It can’t be understated how important reliable transportation is on Election Day for all Americans, but especially those in marginalized and disinvested communities.
The harder it is to get to the polls, the fewer people show up and exercise their right to vote — unfortunately, most affected by the cycle of under-mobilization are minority voters, who are often vulnerable to the structural barriers that stand between them and full representation and participation in voting.
“The highest transportation hurdles emerge from deliberate strategies to keep people from voting,” writes Gabrielle Gurley. “In the voter-suppression canon, deterring a few hundred people can make all the difference in the world in determining who controls the government and who doesn’t.”
According to the Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning & Engagement, 38% of youth of color said a lack of transportation played a role in their ability to vote in the 2016 election. Plus, nearly six million young people between 18 and 29 were registered to vote but didn’t cast a ballot.
No one’s right to vote should be dependent on transportation. This year, try rolling to the polls if you can access bike or scooter share near you. Shared micromobility providers have a special ability to offer safe, socially-distant transportation that’s both affordable and sustainable.
👉 Arm yourself with the right information about how to vote this Election day while keeping yourself and others safe from COVID-19.
👉 Check out the PeopleForBikes ballot tracker to see which states and municipalities are advancing ballot measures that can secure funding for expanded bicycle infrastructure and improved quality and accessibility of places to ride!
Who You Can #RolltothePolls With
Here’s a list of the participating systems, including the offered Election Day promotion 👇
Bike Chattanooga – Chattanooga, TN
Visit Bike Chattanooga to learn more.
#ElectionDay is right around the corner! Need to get to the polls? 🚲
— Bike Chattanooga (@BikeChattanooga) October 23, 2020
BikeLNK – Lincoln, Nebraska
Visit BikeLNK to learn more.
Election Day is 1 week away, what's your voting plan? BikeLNK is offering FREE trips on November 3rd, all you need to do is use the promo code 110320 at any station kiosk. Check out our blog post at https://t.co/vvK81BKLBO for more info & make your voting plan. pic.twitter.com/gWNFYZ2Ahj
— BikeLNK (@BikeLNK) October 27, 2020
Visit Bird to learn more about where to find scooters near you.
Have you finalized your voting plan yet? We teamed up with @go_nabsa, @BikeMetro, and other micromobility partners on #RollToThePolls with a goal to help everyone #vote. Enter code VOTE2020 on #ElectionDay to receive a free Bird ride up to 30 minutes. https://t.co/P9bVouVJA2
— Bird (@BirdRide) October 16, 2020
Blue Bike SC – Columbia, South Carolina
We’re 1️⃣ week from #election day and we've teamed up with our mobility friends for #RollToThePolls! If you need a way to get to the polls, we’ll be offering discounted Day Passes and EXTENDED ride times. Signup for our newsletter for more info on 11/2. #BlueBikeSC #vote pic.twitter.com/czoCVL9Cxr
— Blue Bike SC (@BlueBikeSC) October 27, 2020
Boulder B-cycle – Boulder, CO
Visit Boulder B-cycle to learn more.
🗳 Get out there and #rolltothepolls! We are providing FREE Day Tripper passes on Election Day, Nov. 3rd. 🚴♂️ Keep an eye out for our VOTE! bikes, snap your photo with one and post with #rolltothepolls. Ride one to drop your ballot in the box! VOTE! #bikeshare #yourvotecounts 🇺🇸🆓 pic.twitter.com/UAWL3HcomL
— Boulder Bike Sharing=A Safe, Eco, Fun Way To Move! (@Boulder_Bcycle) October 15, 2020
Bublr – Milwaukee, WI
Visit Bublr to learn more.
In-person voting begins today! Learn about what's on the ballot https://t.co/H5YrucS7ti
For those who plan to vote in person, on Election Day, Tues., Nov. 3, Bublr will again offer FREE 30-minute rides.#BikeTheVote #LoveMKE #CivicDuty #MaskUp #BetterTomorrow #Bublr pic.twitter.com/h7Qrdl19me
— Bublr Bikes (@BublrBikes) October 20, 2020
Citrix Cycle – Raleigh, NC
Visit Citrix Cycle to learn more.
Today's the 1st day of early voting in NC! If you need help finding a location, go to https://t.co/YJcDVBLONP. Also, on Election Day, we're offering Day Passes for only $1, and rides will be extended from our usual 45 min limit, to 3 hours. We want to help you get to the polls! pic.twitter.com/dl9P9zOAXS
— Citrix Cycle (@CitrixCycle) October 15, 2020
Fort Worth Bike Sharing – Fort Worth, TX
Visit Fort Worth Bike Sharing to learn more.
Election Day is one week away! Don’t forget, we are offering free rides to the polls on November 3 when you use promo code 11320 at stations or 11320APP on the our app. #rolltothepolls #votebybike #vote2020 #vote pic.twitter.com/WaUGCl0EaZ
— Fort Worth Bike Sharing (@fwbikesharing) October 27, 2020
Visit Gotcha to learn more about where to find bikes, scooters and cruisers near you.
We’re two weeks from election day! If you aren’t able to vote by mail, check out https://t.co/iFETpO58Iv to see how you can find free or discounted transportation and cast your ballot in person. #RollToThePolls☑️ pic.twitter.com/HsKN0JgAJH
— Gotcha (@gotchamobility) October 20, 2020
Healthy Ride – Pittsburgh, PA
Visit Healthy Ride to learn more.
Healthy Ride is breaking down barriers to voting by offering a FREE RIDE DAY for all riders on November 3rd using voucher code: VOTE2020#RollToThePolls with Healthy Ride!
— Healthy Ride 🧼😷 (@healthyridepgh) October 22, 2020
Heartland B-cycle – Omaha, NE
Visit HeartlandBcycle to learn more.
Election Day is 1 week away, what's your voting plan? Heartland B-cycle is offering FREE trips on November 3rd, all you need to do is use the promo code 110320 at any station kiosk. Check out our latest blog post at https://t.co/zhVhycMZQz for more info & make your voting plan. pic.twitter.com/kBKaAY2wWy
— Heartland B-cycle (@HeartlandBcycle) October 27, 2020
Houston B-cycle – Houston, TX
Please note the code works for both early voting and Election Day! Visit Houston B-cycle to learn more.
Free 30-minute BCycle rides to the polls until Friday.
— Houston BCycle (@HoustonBCycle) October 13, 2020
Howard County Bikeshare – Maryland
Visit Howard County Bikeshare to learn more.
As part of #RollToThePolls, we're thrilled to announce that Howard County Bike Share will offer discounted rides on #ElectionDay to make sure everyone has access to easy and inexpensive transportation to get to the polls.
More info:https://t.co/rfaTi5WESf@HoCoGov @CommuteHoward pic.twitter.com/e9murYlaw3
— Howard County Bikeshare (@HCbikeshare) October 27, 2020
Indego Bike Share – Philadelphia, PA
Visit Indego to learn more.
This Election Day, we want to provide everyone with an affordable way to get to, or near, their polling place. Enter promo VOTE2020 at https://t.co/DSf2PrWiNg to buy a Day Pass on November 3rd for $1.
*Fees apply for rides longer than 30 min or for accessing an electric bike. pic.twitter.com/lHSf0bdT5Z
— Indego (@RideIndego) October 29, 2020
Lyft Bikes are available in these cities: the Bay Area; Chicago, IL; Columbus, OH; Metro DC; Minneapolis, MN; New York City, NY; Portland, OR; Santa Monica, CA. Visit Lyft to see the terms.
5 days until the election is still plenty of time to vote early, drop off your ballot, or plan your ride to vote. Get 50% off your ride to the polls on Nov. 3, up to $10, with code 2020VOTE.
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— Lyft (@lyft) October 29, 2020
MoGo Bike Share – Detroit, MI
Visit MoGo Bike Share to learn more.
Make your vote count on November 3rd with a FREE hour of MoGo to get to the station right by your polling place. Check https://t.co/CA3hgBygSU for more info.#vote #election #bikeshare #mobility #detroit #accessibility #rolltothepolls #commuter #biketovote #mogo #mogodetroit pic.twitter.com/s6Y1FBGwq1
— MoGo Detroit (@MoGoDetroit) October 30, 2020
PikeRide – Colorado Springs, CO
Visit PikeRide to learn more.
Visit Spin to learn more about where to find scooters near you.
Election Day is 19 days away! It's time to make a plan to vote. 🗳️
We're giving riders the freedom to move to the polls. Use promo code "SPINTOVOTE" to get $10 in ride credits only on Election Day.
— Spin (@ridespin) October 15, 2020
This Machine – Tulsa, OK
Note: This code works for voting on Election Day, too! Visit This Machine to learn more.
Love this mask 😍 Early voting is happening TODAY until 6, tomorrow 8a-6p, and Saturday 9a-2p at ONEOK Field.
If you’re looking for transportation, use our bikes with the code GOVOTE2020- it’ll get you to the polls and back for free! #govote #vote2020 #earlyvoting pic.twitter.com/c0TYTZ19s5
— This Machine BikeShare (@thismachine918) October 29, 2020
ValleyBike – Springfield, MA
Massachusetts riders, you can find these bikes in Holyoke, Amherst, South Hadley, Northampton and Springfield. Visit ValleyBike to learn more.
South Hadley Friends! Have you made your plan to vote? We are here to help with $1 day passes and unlimited 3 hour rides for all pass holders! Keep an eye on all our social so you can find out more! pic.twitter.com/DT03ZsARTR
— ValleyBike Share (@ValleyBike) October 29, 2020
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