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.
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