Election day free rides

Thursday 12th December 2019

On Thursday 12th December, millions of people across the UK will go to the polls to make their voices heard in the General Election. To make it as easy as possible for our users to get to the polling station, we’re sponsoring two free Beryl Bike rides for all our users, to get to and from their polling station by bike. Whoever you want to vote for, get out there and make your choice.

How does the promotion work? 

We’re giving all of our users two free rides ending in a Beryl Bay on Thursday 12th December, to get to and from their Polling Station to vote. No matter who you want to vote for, you can unlock a bike and get to your polling place by bike. 

You’ll automatically get two free rides on Thursday. This means you’ll pay no unlock fee and the first 30 minutes of your ride will be free of charge. As long as you park in a Beryl Bay you’ll receive no further charges. 

How do I access the free rides? 

The free rides will be applied to all users automatically, so you don’t need to do anything. When you look at your app, you’ll see a small pink icon that looks like a gift. This shows that you have an active promotion on your account. Clicking on the gift icon will open a box with more information about the promotion.

The pink gift icon will appear in your app when the promotion is active.

When is the promotion active? 

Polls open at 7am and close at 10pm.

The Polling Day promotion will be active from 12:01am on Thursday 12th December 2019 until 11:59pm on Thursday 12th December 2019.

Where can I ride for free? 

You can ride for free anywhere in our active schemes: Bournemouth & Poole, City of London and Hereford. 

To qualify for a completely free ride, your journey must end in a Beryl Bay, so check our map to find the bay closest to your polling station before you set off. 

Are there any charges I should know about? 

The free rides promotion applies to all rides up to 30 minutes ending in a Beryl Bay. 

You will be charged in the following circumstances: 

  1. If your journey ends out of a bay, you will be charged the standard £2 out of bay fee. Please check the location of Beryl Bays to find the one closest to your Polling Station before setting off. 
  2. If you lock your bike outside our operating zone, you’ll be charged the standard £5 out of zone fee. This will increase to £80 if the bike is not returned to the zone within 24 hours. 
  3. If your journey exceeds 30 minutes, you’ll be charged the usual rate. If you are on a Pay As You Ride pass, minutes will be charged at 5p per minute. If you have a Minute Bundle, additional minutes will be deducted from your minute balance. 
  4. If you forget or fail to lock your bike at the end of your journey and we have to send our team out to lock it, you’ll be charged a flat £10 charge. 
Unlock your bike and enjoy two free rides

What happens to my Minute Bundle when I have a free ride?

If you have a Minute Bundle, the minutes will remain on your account and will be ready for you to use from your third ride onwards on Thursday or on other days. 

Minutes will only be deducted from your minute balance if your ride exceeds the 30 minute limit for free rides. 

I’m not old enough to vote - can I still ride for free?

We know that all our lovely 16- and 17-year-old users are too young to cast a vote. If this is your case, you’ll still be able to enjoy two free 30 minutes rides ending in a Beryl Bay. Why not take a bike to get to school, or to meet up with friends in the afternoon? 

Already voted? Give yourself a pat on the back and treat yourself to a nice coffee or hot chocolate

Where can I find information on who to vote for?

Voting is a personal choice and we’re not going to tell you who to vote for. If you need some help with the voting process or choosing a candidate, the following resources might be helpful. 

General information:

Use this tool from the Electoral Commission to find out where your polling station is. 

This tool from Who Can I Vote For? is an easy way to find out about the candidates who are standing in your constituency and includes links to their bios and party manifestos.

The BBC has put together a simple guide to the General Election, along with a guide to key words and phrases and even a guide to what you are NOT allowed to do at a polling station.

If you’re interested in cycling, walking and active travel: 

The UK Cycling and Walking charity Sustrans recently put this manifesto together of what they’d like to see from our future government. 

The Guardian recently published a roundup of which party’s general election pledges are best for cyclists.

Cycling UK have also published a guide to what each party is pledging for cycling and walking.