We love Roald Dahl because he gave the world Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and James and the Giant Peach, among other classics that blew our young minds. But he did something more important than presenting Gene Wilder (or, not as good, Johnny Depp) as Willie Wonka. Dahl wrote a single sentence, in Matilda, that’s stayed with us ever since middle school. It comes to mind every year about this time: “Somewhere inside all of us is the power to change the world.”
We think of it around Election Day because as Americans, our right to vote gives us, quite simply, the power to change the world. It’s easy to be cynical and say your vote is just one of millions and doesn’t really matter. But if the closeness of recent elections has shown anything, it’s that every single vote counts. Especially yours.
That’s why Pace is giving away free rides this Tuesday, November 6. In the same way we believe in our core that we can change the world every time we choose to use shared bikes to get around our towns or campuses, and that our communities become more vibrant, more livable, more desirable places when we explore them on two wheels, we believe that your vote, your decision, can help make the world a better place.
Riders in eight pace cities and universities—Albuquerque, Annapolis, Bloomington, Fort Collins, Huntsville, Knoxville, Norfolk and at Purdue University—can enter the code IVOTE on the Pace app and get two free 30-minute rides on Tuesday, one to take them to the polls and one to get them back. It’s another way Pace helps you change the world, one ride at a time.
Oh, one more thing: Chances are good that you’ll have plenty of time to get yourself to and from the polls to cast your ballot with those freebies. So here’s an idea: use the extra bike time to do something good for someone else. Run an errand for a neighbor. Visit someone who doesn’t get out much. Ride around and encourage other people to vote.
And wherever you go, be sure to tell us about your vote and your ride by sharing with #zagthevote2018.