OKLAHOMA CITY — This week Oklahoma City is set to launch a new way to get around downtown.
The city’s new bike share program, called Spokies, will be a cheap and healthy alternative to driving.
The bikes are still locked up until Friday but city leaders hope the program redefines how many people move around downtown.
“I think it really is going to encourage people to get out and ride bikes,” city councilwoman Meg Salyer said.
“It’s really for anybody who needs a bike for any reason,” Downtown OKC’s Jill Delozier. said. “I think it’ll be a great way for people to stay fit and healthy and ride bikes more.”
Here’s how it works: swipe a credit card, pull out a bike and ride for 30 minutes at a time.
The rides will cost $5 a day, $20 a month or $75 a year.
Several city council members, including Salyer were given a first hand demonstration.
Councilman Ed Shadid and City Manager Jim Couch even took some of the first rides.
“We anticipate a lot of people who commute downtown will check it out on lunch and run errands or have lunch with friends in different parts of downtown,” Delozier said.
In all, the ride share kiosks will be found outside the downtown library, at the Cox Convention Center, the ballpark, the Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum, the Midtown Plaza and in Deep Deuce.
Right now there’s still a lot of construction downtown as part of Project 180.
The good news, many of the repaved streets will have specific bike lanes included to make the area more bike-friendly.