“The numbers show that ridership has increased steadily since Spokies launched, even during the winter,” she said.
Strategically placed throughout downtown, the Spokies kiosks allow people to rent bicycles to cruise the area. In an effort to create more awareness of the service, Spokies will offer free one-month memberships throughout April by visiting SpokiesOKC.com and using the promo code “EARTH2014.” Normally, a one-month membership is $20.
It’s an incentive that DeLozier hopes will create more of an interest in cycling not just downtown but in the Oklahoma City area in general.
“When more people ditch their cars for bikes, the whole community benefits,” DeLozier said. “Also, cycling is good for you. It’s one of the easiest ways to fit exercise into your daily routine.”
One of the many champions of the Spokies program is Mayor Mick Cornett. He has been a Spokies user since the program launched and often hops on a bike when running errands.
“I’ve taken a Spokies bike up to the grocery store (Native Roots in Deep Deuce), and I’ve ridden one to City Hall before,” he said.
While the Spokies bike racks and payment boxes might look complicated to some, Cornett said they are actually quite simple.
“It’s amazingly quick and easy,” he said. “People who haven’t tried Spokies probably have no idea how user-friendly it is.”
Whether it’s the mayor, a resident or a frequent visitor, DeLozier urges all those interested in the free one-month membership to sign up soon to allow time for membership card delivery.
“The affordability and accessibility of the bikes is a good way to encourage users to bike on a regular basis,” DeLozier said.