A Charleston transportation expertise firm says it is doing its half to get out the vote subsequent month.
Gotcha Mobility, which is headquartered on Radcliffe Road and was acquired by a Canadian firm lower than a 12 months in the past, operates the Holy Spokes app-based bike-share system.
It is providing a onetime Election Day deal: On Nov. 3 solely, its fleet of e-powered two-wheelers shall be free to customers to ensure voters have a approach to get to their native polling locations earlier than they shut at 7 p.m. Holy Spokes’ teal transports can be found for checkout solely on the Charleston peninsula, as far north as Romney Road. Customers have to enter the promo code VOTE2020.
A survey of 12,000 American chronic non-voters conducted by the Knight Foundation this 12 months discovered 3 % of voters who do not go to the polls cited lack of transportation as the principle motive. A separate 2017 Pew Analysis examine reported the same percentage.
Dislike for the candidates or lack of information or curiosity within the points had been extra probably causes folks do not vote.
Gotcha is not alone in making an attempt to attract the disenfranchised or disinterested off the sidelines, saying it is signed on to a nationwide business dedication referred to as Roll to the Polls. Electrical-scooter big Chook, which operates solely in Columbia inside South Carolina, additionally is taking part by reducing its rental charges in half.
For voters who can deal with a bicycle however haven’t got a smartphone, Gotcha spokeswoman Caroline Passe stated they will enroll on-line at charlestonbikeshare.com. They will get a PIN that they will then sort right into a keypad hooked up to the bike.
Individually, Gotcha just lately launched a brand new line of for-rent fashions within the dozens of U.S. markets the place it operates. They characteristic airless tires, longer-lasting batteries and pedal help.
Gotcha founder Sean Flood and his private-equity backers offered the now-11-year-old enterprise to publicly traded Final Mile Holdings of Vancouver in late 2019 in a deal valued at $12 million. Flood, who had been CEO, has since left the corporate.
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