This Machine places new bikes in downtown Tulsa

TULSA, Okla. — This Machine, a local bike share program, has launched more than 200 electric bikes throughout Tulsa.

-The non-profit’s Executive Director, Katie Sawicki, says the new electric bikes will replace their older fleet that was strictly pedal-only bicycles. The older bikes were put on the streets two years ago.

- Sawicki says their ridership has never been higher, especially as more people get outside and continue to social distance this season.

- The non-profit says they changed their app where people can easily scan the bicycles to start their ride. Sawicki says once a person is done, they lock the bike and take a picture. It’s as simple as that.

- This Machine says the rides cost 15 cents per minute and will keep you going at a steady 16 miles per hour. Although the electric bikes give an extra boost when pedaling from a stop or when going up a hill, Sawicki says the electric bikes still have about 90 percent of the same health benefits as a regular pedal bike. She hopes the bikes will help with people looking to get outside for a scenic tour of the city, a workout, or a long commute.

- The non-profit says at a full charge, the bicycles can travel roughly 40 miles. Sawicki says their goal, as a business, is to improve Tulsa’s walkability and rideability, offer accessible and affordable transportation, and reduce the city’s carbon footprint.

- Sawicki says they plan to launch more bikes in the fall and expand to Brookside and Cherry Street. Right now you can find the electric bikes near the Gathering Place along Riverside, in Downtown, near Tulsa University and the Kendall Whittier and Pearl Districts. Sawicki says they are planning to sell the older bikes to another bike share group.