New Tulsa bike share program will require infrastructure changes to street lanes across the city

Posted at 5:38 PM, Aug 23, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-24 10:34:11-04

More than 100 bikes will be available near downtown as part of an effort to launch the Tulsa Bike Share program within the coming months.

Although no exact date has yet been determined, transportation officials and Bike Share organizers are now searching for sponsors to help create the infrastructure needed to build the system downtown.

Executive Director of Tulsa Bike Share, Daniel Sperle, says the program's focus will be to make moving around the city faster and easier for people during high traffic times.

“You have another option that doesn't require you to drive around and try find a parking space for 15, 20 minutes driving all around downtown. You can quickly walk out of your building, grab a bike, ride it for 15 minutes to your meeting, dock it and not have to pay a thing,” Sperle said.

The first 30 minutes of the bike rental will be free followed with fees based on how long the bike is in use. Monthly subscriptions will be available for riders who frequently use the system and special cards will be created to make the bike rental a “touch and go” experience. 

As of now, 12 station locations will complete the first phase of the project, however no bike lanes have been painted in the downtown area.

Sperle says safety was a large part of the plan's proposal and as the program continues to shape the city will support the non-profit ensure the wellness of Bike Share users within the next year.

“So we'll start to see cycle tracks, bike lanes put on the ground which means that bikers will actually have the ability to ride one the road with a dedicated lane or a marked lane to really emphasis safety for cyclists,” Sperle said.

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