Spokies bike sharing program launches in Oklahoma City

Spokies, Oklahoma City's new bicycle sharing program, launched Friday on national Bike to Work Day. Memberships for one day up to one year allow people to check out bikes from six stations around downtown and Bricktown. Rides of 30 minutes or less are free.
BY MICHAEL KIMBALL mkimball@opubco.com Published: May 19, 2012

Now you can bike around downtown Oklahoma City even if you don't own a bike.

Spokies, the city's new bicycle sharing program, officially launched Friday with a news conference at the bicycle station in front of the Downtown Library.

The six stations spread across downtown and Bricktown have been ready to go for a few days, but the city and Downtown OKC Inc., the Spokies partners, wanted the official launch on national Bike to Work Day.

City Councilwoman Meg Salyer, who lives and works downtown, is a Spokies advocate and said bicycle sharing adds another dynamic dimension to the ongoing transformation of Oklahoma City's urban core.

“Small things do go a really long way in increasing the quality of life,” Salyer said. “It's just providing people an alternative, something fun and different. But this is important, because it's not just about entertainment.”

Officials said they hope Spokies will reduce the number of cars on downtown streets, provide people who live and work downtown with a healthy and quick way to get around, and promote tourism for visitors who can cover more ground than they could on foot or repeatedly parking and re-parking their car.

Riders can buy memberships for a day, a month or a year and then check bikes in and out at any of the six stations. Memberships are secured only with credit cards, not with cash, debit or check cards.



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Pricing: Memberships are $5 for one day, $20 for one month and $75 for one year. Monthly and yearly memberships are bought online, and daily memberships can be purchased at kiosks. The first 30 minutes of each ride is free, and each additional half-hour is $2. Credit cards are charged $500 if the bicycle isn't returned within 48 hours.

Locations:

• Deep Deuce (NW 2 and Walnut Avenue)

• Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark (Reno Avenue and Mickey Mantle Drive)

• Midtown (NW 10 and Walker Avenue)

• Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum (NW 4 and Harvey Avenue)

• Downtown Library (Park and Hudson avenues)

• Chesapeake Energy Arena and Cox Convention Center (Reno and Robinson avenues).

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