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First ‘Bike the Vote’ ride set for Tuesday

Posted by on October 23rd, 2020 at 2:02 pm

Lulu Johnson knows how important it is to vote.
(Photo: Kiel Johnson)

This election has many of us on edge. And what better activity to help our moods than a bike ride? Especially one that combines our election enthusiasm with cycling.

Portlander and creative bike activist extraordinaire Kiel Johnson is organizing a ‘Bike the Vote’ ride that will be a combination get-out-the-vote and political advertising campaign. Riders will slow-roll through neighborhoods to remind folks to vote while their bicycles will be adorned with political signs of all stripes.

“While the ride is non-political,” Johnson shared with us, “you are welcome to decorate your bike with signs of campaigns you support and we will have some signs on hand as well.”

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The first ride will meet at 5:00 pm this coming Tuesday October 27th at the top of the hill (dog park) in Irving Park. Expect a 30-minute loop around the neighborhood with lots of bell-ringing and smiles. Kiel says he’ll lead the ride everyday through November 3rd.

If Irving Park isn’t convenient for you, Kiel says you should start your own ride. He’d be happy to help you organize it. If you want to lead a ride of your own, email him at kielij@gmaildotcom. Check out the event on the BP Calendar or on Facebook.

— Jonathan Maus: (503) 706-8804, @jonathan_maus on Twitter and jonathan@bikeportland.org
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Please don’t vote based on someones bumper sticker or yard sign. In this age of Burning, Looting, and Murder, read and educate yourself before you vote. Wear your mask. Stay safe. Be kind. COEXIST.

Rachel Cameron
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Rachel Cameron

Burning, Looting, and Murder, OH MY!

CaptainKarma
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This could be a small but significant step toward healing the artificial division inflicted upon us by dirty campaign tactics. I will love to see riders with every stripe of campaign sign all riding together. I hope to see photos and bell-ringing video of these rides. Things are looking up!

Dead Salmon
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Dead Salmon

Yeah, I will be watching to see how those with Trump signs are treated by the other riders.

Mike Quigley
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Mike Quigley

Okay, but wear a mask. Don’t be a schmuck. Morning’s news says this latest wave of coronavirus causes the body’s immune system to turn against itself.

Kiel Johnson (Go By Bike)
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Kiel Johnson (Go By Bike)

Yes, wear a mask and try to keep social distance!