Bublr Bikes offering FREE 30-minute rides on election day: "We want to make it as easy as possible"

MILWAUKEE -- It's a way to beat traffic -- and avoid a long walk to the polls. Bublr Bikes is offering unlimited, free rides of up 30 minutes on election day -- Tuesday, November 8th, to help people get to the polls.

James Davies

"The main reason we're doing it is just to encourage people to get out and vote," said James Davies, Bublr Bikes' acting executive director.

To get a free Bublr Bikes ride, users should enter the code “1776” at any Bublr Bikes station. The code is valid for individual free rides of up to 30 minutes all day Tuesday. A free ride ends when the Bublr is returned to a Bublr Bikes station.

Individual rides over 30 minutes will cost $3 for each additional 30 minutes. Riders wanting to return from voting by Bublr can take additional individual rides under 30 minutes for free Tuesday using the “1776” code.

“Bublr Bikes are a fast, simple and – this year – free way to get to neighborhood polling places on election day. We want to make it as easy as possible for people in Milwaukee to get out and vote," said Davies.

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A credit card is required to check out a Bublr Bikes bicycle with or without the code, although users won’t be charged Tuesday for rides under 30 minutes if they enter the code.

Thirteen of Bublr Bikes' 57 stations are located within two blocks of a polling location. Other polling locations are also conveniently served by other Bublr Bikes stations.

"We've got lots of stations. Hillside is less than 0.1 miles away from a polling location, just right on the other side of the block," said Davies.

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Bublr's busiest day on record was the Fourth of July, 2016. Bublr Bikes officials are not expecting this election day to top that. However, they are going to be prepared to re-stock the bikes when they see empty slots.

"We have a big monitor where we can watch all the stations and we can see how many bikes there are, and how many docks there are," said Davies.

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Bublr officials said you'll miss out on traffic or parking headaches if you choose to bike. But the election day offer is about more than convenience.

"We're in the community. It is important to us. We think democracy works best when more people participate," said Davies.

A complete list of Bublr Bikes stations can be found HERE.

Below is a list of Bublr Bikes stations located within two blocks of a polling location:

Polling Place Bublr Station
Charles Allis Art Museum 1801 N. Prospect Ave Brady/Prospect
Convent Hill Apartments
455 E Ogden Av
Frank P Zeidler Municipal Building
841 N Broadway
Red Arrow Park
Central Library
Centennial Hall 733 N 8th St
Central Library
Marquette Alumni Memorial Union
1442 W Wisconsin Av
Marquette University Student Union
Hillside Family Resource Center
1452 N 7th St
Hillside Terrace
Housing Authority Public Safety Building
650 W Reservoir Av
Bradley Tech High School
700 S 4th St
UWM Sandburg Hall
3400 N Maryland Av
UWM Sandburg Hall
Riverside High School
1615 E Locust St
Riverside Park
Arlington Court Apartments
1633 N Arlington Pl
Fire Station #51
1601 Underwood Ave
Village South
City Hall Lower Civic Center
7725 W. North Ave
City Hall
Wauwatosa Library Firefly Room
7635 W. North Ave
City Hall