Residents of the City of London, Hereford, Bournemouth or Poole can take advantage of a free ride to get them to the polling station on General Election Day. On Thursday 12th December as the country goes to vote, the London based bike-rental and lighting company will be offering users two free 30-minute rides; regardless of who they’re intending to put vote for.
Given the density of polling stations in built-up areas versus the average geographical distribution of dockless rental bikes, it’s questionable whether this initiative will have a huge effect on turnout.
On the flip side, it could be a good excuse to cheer yourself up with a free bike ride, having done your democratic duty in having got out to vote.
If you’d rather someone else did the pedalling, Pedal Me will transport those in Central London to their polling station for free.
For those unsure of where their nearest polling station is, the Electoral Commission has put together this handy tool: electoralcommission.org.uk/your-election-information, and the information is also stated on polling cards.
If you’re one of the vanishingly small number of people not yet sure of how to vote, Cyclist recently attended the active travel hustings where four UK-wide main parties outlined their promises regarding walking and cycling.