Oklahoma City Spokies
The City of Oklahoma City launched its Spokies OKC bike share program on Friday, May 18, 2012, which initially began with an Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block grant administered by the City of Oklahoma City’s Office of Sustainability. Spokies provides visitors, employees and residents with a healthy, affordable, and eco-friendly transit option for getting around the downtown Oklahoma City area. Initially maintained by Downtown Oklahoma City Inc., Spokies became a member of the Central Oklahoma Transportation and Parking Authority (COTPA) family of transit services in August 2014. In January 2015, COTPA contracted with Bicycle Transit Systems (BTS) for the ongoing operations and maintenance management of the system. BTS and COTPA immediately began the process of ‘rebooting’ the system, replacing outdated/worn components, removing rust, powder coating the bikes and updating the branding.
Soon after BTS came onboard, EMBARK and BTS partnered with Rocktown Youth Mentoring, an OKC-based 501c3 that has been serving youth in the OKC community since 2001 through mentoring and adventure. In early 2015, Rocktown Youth Mentoring started a program "CYCLE REVOLUTION" at Emerson Alternative School in Oklahoma City, using the mentoring lessons they have learned through their rock climbing program to create a cycling program where they teach bicycle maintenance, safe road travel, and a combination of active transportation and recreation to students. Spokies provides bicycles for students to train on and Cycle Revolution’s lead mentor is also the Spokies General Manager, Joshua Vaught. Furthermore, Bicycle Transit Systems recently hired one of the program graduated students for part-time mechanic work.
Spokies OKC, a play on the Oklahoma nickname “Okies”
SYSTEM LAUNCH DATE
May 18, 2012
7 stations, 50 bicycles
Station/software: Sandvault; Bikes: Worksmans
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Oklahoma City