BIKE TO VOTE: Ford GoBike Announces Free Rides on Election Day

For the first time ever, Ford GoBike to provide free rides on Election Day; aims to increase civic participation and reduce barriers to voting

Riders can obtain free Access Pass on November 6th with code BIKETOVOTE in the Ford GoBike app

BAY AREA – Ford GoBike will offer free rides on Election Day, Ford Go Bike leadership announced today. Lack of transportation options has been shown to be a major barrier to voting nationwide and Ford GoBike’s new effort aims to provide Bay Area residents who live near one of Ford GoBike’s more than 300 bike share stations with a quick, convenient, and no-cost transportation option on Election Day. On November 6th, riders can unlock an Access Pass for free, valid for 24 hours of unlimited 30-minute trips with the code BIKETOVOTE in the Ford GoBike app.

“We’re excited to help the Bay Area pedal to the polls this Election Day,” said Emily Stapleton, Ford GoBike General Manager. “As voters make their plans for November 6th, we encourage communities from San Francisco to San Jose that are served by our bike share network to use bike share and take advantage of the no-cost rides as they fulfil their civic duty.”

According to one study by The Center for Information & Research on Civic Learning and Engagement, twenty-nine percent of young Americans surveyed said that transportation was a reason that they did not vote in the 2016 presidential election. Fifteen percent of surveyed youth said that lack of transportation to their polling place was a “major factor” for not voting. This number is even higher for youth of color, of which thirty-eight percent said that lack of transportation played a role for not voting. Ford GoBike’s free and fun transportation option on Election Day aims to reduce this barrier to voting, gets more individuals to the polls and facilitate important civic engagement.

Ford GoBike is taking part in this effort alongside Motivate-operated bike share networks nationwide. Motivate is the largest bike share operator in North America. In 2017, 80% of all bike share trips in America were completed on a Motivate system. The bike share networks that Motivate operates include Citi Bike (New York & Jersey City); Divvy (Chicago); Bluebikes (Boston-metro); Capital Bikeshare (Washington D.C.); Nice Ride Minnesota (Minneapolis); Ford GoBike (Bay Area); BIKETOWN (Portland, OR) and CoGo (Columbus, OH).

Ford GoBike’s promo codes and free rides are offered in accordance with all applicable laws and regulations, subject to Motivate and Ford GoBike’s terms and conditions and are not intended to induce, nor are conditioned on, the act of voting or voting for or against any particular candidate or measure.

About Ford GoBike:

The Ford GoBike system is an integral part of the Bay Area’s transportation network. With more than 300 stations and 3,000 bikes on the ground across San Francisco, San Jose, Berkeley, Oakland and Emeryville, the system has generated over one and half million rides since launching in June 2017. At the forefront of bikeshare innovation, the system features the popular Ford GoBike Plus ebikes to help riders easily summit San Francisco’s hills as well as 200 dockless bikes in North San Jose. When completed, the 7,000-bike, 546-station Ford GoBike network will be the second-largest bike share system in North America, setting new national standards in density, convenience and equity. Ford GoBike is operated by Motivate, North America’s bike share leader. Customers can download the app to unlock bikes, find real-time station information and see individualized statistics including miles traveled and calories burned. Learn more at fordgobike.com.

About Motivate:

Motivate is the largest bike share operator in North America, with systems in the densest urban centers including New York (Citi Bike), Chicago (Divvy), Boston-metro (Bluebikes), Washington D.C (Capital Bikeshare), Minneapolis (Nice Ride Minnesota), and the Bay Area (Ford GoBike). Motivate works alongside cities to provide efficient, equitable and safe systems using a full range of bike share solutions and best-in-class operations. As a vertically integrated company, Motivate is leading the design and deployment of the next generation of bike share technology. The company is led by a group of urban visionaries, creative leaders and technology innovators, revolutionizing the landscape and sustainability of cities and urban transit.