Bluebikes Is Offering Free Rides on Election Day

You're invited to "Bike to Vote" this year.


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This year, for the first time, Bluebikes is offering voters a free ride on one of its bike-share bicycles to the polls on Election Day.

Riders can enter the code “BIKETOVOTE” on the Bluebikes app to unlock a free 24-hour pass on the service, giving them unlimited 2-hour trips from its more than 250 docking stations in Boston, Somerville, Cambridge, and Brookline. The passes are also available on the service’s website.

You’re not required to vote to use the offer, of course, and Bluebikes isn’t urging you to vote in any particular way. Blue Cross Blue Shield, which has sponsored the bikes since this year, said it’s giving voters another way of “fulfilling a vital civic duty.”

“Voters who ride to the polls with Bluebikes will be fulfilling a vital civic duty in a healthy, eco-friendly way,” said Kathy Klingler, chief marketing officer for Blue Cross Blue Shield, says in a statement. “This initiative aligns perfectly with our mission to help Massachusetts residents lead healthier lives while also supporting civic engagement, and it provides a unique option for voters to make sure their voices are heard on Election Day.”


The service is also getting out the vote by reminding its users to head to the polls, and its “ambassador team” has hosted information sessions about voting at City Hall Plaza.

Bike-share programs in other cities that are also run by the company Motivate are making similar offers, according to a release, including Capital Bikeshare in Washington, DC, Citi Bike in New York, Divvy in Chicago, and Indego in Philadelphia.