17th Norman Conquest this Weekend

The 17th Norman Conquest ride will take place this Saturday staring at 7:30 AM from the J.D. McCarty Center at 2002 E Robinson St in Norman, OK. There are 10, 22, 46 and 64 mile routes (with lots of hills) and registration runs from $15-$35.  Money raised will go to support Camp ClapHans summer camp scholarship endowment fund which helps children with developmental disabilities to attend this great summer camp.  Full details can be found at: http://normanconquest.bicycleleague.com/

Spokies Program Back Up and Running

I’m finally getting some time to get caught back up after my bicycle trek this year.  I’m pleased to announce that Oklahoma City’s bike share program, Spokies,  is back up and running after some problems with the software and with bike thefts:

Downtown Oklahoma City, Inc. and the City of Oklahoma City are proud to announce that the Spokies Bike Share program is up and running again! We corrected some software and credit card processing issues and welded the locks to the bikes so they can no longer be stripped from the docks and stolen.

via Spokies | OKC’s bike share program.

I don’t spend much time downtown and haven’t had a chance to use the program yet, but hope to soon.

Spokies Bike Share Temporarily Suspended

Update (7/2/2012): The program has reopened.  Read about it here.

After only two weeks in operation, all bikes belonging to the Spokies Bike Share program have been removed from the racks.  Citing problems with the credit card software and a design flaw in the bikes that has “led to incidents of theft and vandalism”, the Oklahoma City Office of Sustainability and Downtown Oklahoma City, Inc. made the decision to temporarily suspend the program.  The software and bike fixes can be expected to take up to three weeks to complete at which time they hope to restore the program.

We had reported on the theft of two bicycles last week.  However, it appears that it is the software issue that is of the most concern.  Apparently the bug affects when users are charged the $500 deposit after a bicycle is assumed to be stolen.  By design, that charge is to be charged to the account after 48 hours.

According to Office of Sustainability Director, Jennifer Gooden, “As with any new program, we anticipated a few issues with the launch of Spokies, but we did not know it would be to this great of an extent. This approach will allow us to focus on addressing the software issue, return to full operation quickly, and ensure all Spokies members are completely happy with the service.”

People who had already signed up for a monthly or annual membership will be granted a free month of membership after the program resumes.

You can read the press release from Spokies here and below is a report from News 9:

Oklahoma City ProAm Classic This Saturday

The Oklahoma City ProAm Classic will be taking place this Saturday in Downtown Oklahoma City with the first race starting at 11:00 AM.  The staging area will be held at Schlegel Bicycles at 900 North Broadway.  Below is a map of the course:

You can see the whole schedule as well as lots of other information at the race website @ http://okcpac.com

Spokies Targeted by Thieves

I am very confused as to what exactly their plan was for the highly recognizable therefore difficult to sell bicycles, but two men have been arrested for stealing bicycles from the new Spokies bike share program:

On May 22, police were called to the WestTown Day Shelter near N.W. 3rd Street and N. Virginia Avenue. A worker there reported Fred Wren, 20, and Anthony Grove, 26, possessed bikes belonging to the Spokies program. When police checked the serial numbers, they discovered the bikes had not been rented and should have been sitting at a kiosk outside the downtown Oklahoma City library.

Police observed damage to the two bicycles where they’d been forcibly removed from the rack. Officers arrested Wren and Grove and booked them into the Oklahoma County jail on one complaint each of receiving or concealing stolen property.

via Men Accused Of Stealing Bikes From OKC’s New Sharing Program – News9.com – Oklahoma City, OK – News, Weather, Video and Sports |.


Tour and Race to Benefit St. Gregory's Benedictine Hall

Benedictine Hall

Back in November, St. Gregory’s University’s Benedictine Hall, built in 1915, was severely damaged from an earthquake. Now the Citizen Potawatomi Nation, the Shawnee Pedalers Cycling Club and Team PG-13 Cycling Club are organizing a bicycle race and tour on May 28th to raise money for its repair:

Bicycling enthusiasts can travel back in time by participating in the St. Gregory’s University Memorial Day Road Race and Bicycle Tour on May 28. Event courses follow scenic roads from SGU to historic Sacred Heart Mission in Konawa. Proceeds from the race and tour go toward restoring SGU’s Benedictine Hall, which was severely damaged as a result of an earthquake in November. The Citizen Potawatomi Nation is the presenting sponsor for the event.

via Bicycling Event to Benefit SGU’s Benedictine Hall – Archdiocese of Oklahoma City.

The race will take be a 49 mile course with a hill-top finish with an optional 35 mile cool down ride back to St. Gregory’s.  The bicycle tour consists of 25 and 71 mile routes.  Lunch will be provided for riders in the race and 71 mile tour.  Registration is from $30 – $45 per rider.  Full details on the event can be found at http://www.stgregorys.edu/sguroadrace.


OU Faculty Senate Seeks LAB Bike Friendly Status

The faculty senate at OU wants to make the university truly bike friendly:

The senate eventually wants to see OU certified as a bicycle-friendly university by the League of American Bicyclists.

Both the Staff and Faculty Senate call for OU to be designated a bicycle-friendly university within the next five years, according to the resolutions.

via OUDaily.com | Faculty Senate calls for bicycling-friendly OU.

The university is planning to expand the limited path system on campus and installing additional bicycle racks.

Spokies Announces Kiosk Locations

The OKC bike sharing program, Spokies, has announced where the first six kiosk locations will be placed. Spread out from Midtown to Deep Deuce to Bricktown and the Convention Center, the system seems well placed to provide easy transportation throughout downtown.

Memberships will range from $75 dollars for a full year to $5 for a day.  Rentals are free for the first 30 minutes and $2 for each half-hour after that.  You can get full details at their website, http://spokiesokc.com or by following them @SpokiesOKC on twitter.

I am really excited to see this system kick off and I congratulate them on planning the system well.

OKC Velo Racing Organizing Tribute Ride for Fallen Cyclist

In honor of Monty Maughan who passed away this week on the Lake Hefner route, OKC Velo Racing will be putting together an honor ride this Sunday at 1:00 PM starting from Stars and Stripes Park.  From the OKC Velo Racing Facebook page:

Spread the word that this Sunday at 1:00 p.m there will be a ride honoring Monty Maughan from Stars and Stripes Park. We will ride counter-clockwise on the Hefner trail to the dam where Monty passed. Stop briefly to reflect and then head out across the dam and west on Hefner. We will knock out about 30 miles or so, easy.  All riders from all teams, clubs, triathlon or anyone who just loves to ride are welcome.

via OKC Velo Racing.