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Blacksburg, Christiansburg bike service to offer free rides on Election Day

Blacksburg, Christiansburg bike service to offer free rides on Election Day

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Roam NRV is a bike share system operating in the New River.

Bike -sharing platform Roam NRV will offer free rides to the polls on Election Day next month, according to the company that owns and operates the service.

Gotcha Mobility, Roam NRV’s Charleston, South Carolina-based parent company, announced that the free rides are part of its participation in the “Rolls to the Polls,” an industry-wide initiative to offer free or discounted transportation to voters on Nov. 3.

The campaign is being done in partnership with the North American Bikeshare Association.

“We are excited to join NABSA, a leader in connecting shared micro-mobility providers, to help overcome transportation barriers on election day through Rolls to the Polls,” Gotcha CEO Max Smith said. “We look forward to helping make every vote count by providing accessible transportation to all.”

Known for its orange colored bikes, Roam NRV has 10 hubs in Blacksburg and two in Christiansburg.

Use of the bikes is reserved via a smartphone app, and various prices exist for the service during times when the rides aren’t free.

The yearly and monthly options, respectively, cost $60 and $20, each with overage fees of $4, according to Roam NRV’s website.

Single 15-minute trips cost $1, while a day pass is priced at $10.

Montgomery County currently operates two early in-person voting locations at the Uptown Christiansburg mall and at the Montgomery County Government Center, which is also in the town.

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