Detroit Councilmember Scott Benson is teaming up with local elected officials and several Detroit cycling clubs for the “Ride to Vote,” a 12-mile bicycle tour Sunday to encourage Detroiters to ride along to cast their early votes together.
State Senator Adam Hollier (D-2), Wayne County Sheriff Benny Napoleon, County Commissioner Jewel Ware, City Clerk Janice Winfrey, and Detroit Councilmember Roy McAlister are among officials who plan to tour with him to encourage greater voter participation.
Registered voters are encouraged to bring along their absentee ballots and gather to ride with the elected officials, the D-Town Riders, the Lanebangerz, Biking Belle Isle, and the Major Taylor 313 Cyclones at 12:15 p.m. Sunday at Farwell Recreation Center, 2711 E. Outer Drive for the ride. Snacks and water will be offered before the ride. The tour will kick off at 1 p.m. rain or shine.
Along the way, riders can cast votes at three satellite official ballot boxes in the city’s 3rd District either at Farwell, or at stops along the tour at the DWSD Customer Service Center at 13297 E. McNichols, or the Heilman Recreation Center at 19600 Brock Ave. Riders will return to Farwell at about 3 p.m., where they can enjoy lunch from the Food Exchange restaurant.
“We must all vote because this really may be the most important election of our lifetimes,” said Benson, who represents Detroit’s 3rd District and will be casting his vote during the ride. “Our vote is even more critical because of the unique stakes of this election. Uniting with family, friends, and neighbors can lessen the difficulty or boredom associated with voting and this is a fun way to do it.”
The event is sponsored by the nonprofit Impact Detroit, the Detroit Greenways Coalition, Tour de Troit, and other individuals and businesses focused on increasing the quality of life for Detroiters and their neighborhoods. The ride is supported by MoGo Detroit, which will supply a limited number of bicycles for people who need one to ride. Masks and social distancing are required to participate.
Anyone who plans to ride along should RSVP to Carol Banks at Carolbanks313@gmail.com.