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OKLAHOMA CITY — You may have noticed the empty ride share bike stands recently around the Metro.

That’s because the popular new bike program “Spokies” is revamping. 

Downtown Oklahoma City Marketing Director Liz Delozier said they just need to tweak a few things.

“We’re not shutting down the Spokies Bike Share Program, it’s just a temporary maintenance issue that is being fixed,” she said. “We’ve had some vandalism to a bike that was locked into a station and then we’ve had some bikes that have been forcibly removed.”

The program allows people to buy passes and use bikes for 30 minute increments to get around town. 

DeLozier said unfortunately some non-members got into the action too.

“Two of the bikes that we recovered were stolen by some transient people in downtown Oklahoma City,” she said.

Those two people have been charged. 

Delozier said there was also a problem with credit cards.

“It was allowing people who checked out a bike for their credit card to not be approved for the $500 penalty,” she said.

The software glitch is now fixed and the locks have been made more secure.

Delozier says they are going to run some tests before releasing the bikes back onto the streets.  

She says the timeframe is unclear at this point.