Spencer Family Continues Search for Hit-and-Run Driver

It’s been two years since the Oklahoma cycling community was shocked by two bicycle fatalities in less than 48 hours both involving long time cyclists.  One of those incidents involved the hit-and-run killing of Alan Spencer.  The driver in that crash has never been identified and police now consider the case a cold one.  As the anniversary of the crash approaches, the Spencer family repeats their plea for information in the case and for the driver of the car to come forward:

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The family believes that a black or dark truck or SUV with a black guard may have hit and killed Alan Spencer.  If you have any information involving this incident, you should call CrimeStoppers at (405)-235-7300.  You can remain anonymous.

Cafe Evoke Showing Tour de France Daily

I have had a few people ask me if there was a place to watch the Tour de France here in town for those of us without cable or a desire to fork over money to watch on our computers.  Well Cafe Evoke (103 S. Broadway Ave., Edmond, OK 73034) is showing the Tour live every race day.  Additionally, they are offering a $5.00 bottomless cup of drip coffee so you can watch the whole thing without emptying the pocket-book.  They will open up in time for the start of each stage.  You can view full details at: http://okbik.es/14u

AMBUCS to Donate Trikes to Disabled Children and Veterans

AMBUCS, a nonprofit organization specializing in providing mobility solutions for children and adults with disabilities with transportation options, will be giving away 100 trikes to children and veterans on Saturday morning in downtown Oklahoma City. These bikes called AmTryke’s come available with hand and/or foot cranks to meet the requirements of the riders. There will be several other events for children and veterans held throughout the day:

AMBUCS will donate about 100 bikes to children and veterans Saturday morning in downtown Oklahoma City during its AmTryke Celebration Day.There also will be biking-related events during the day.

Trek for Trykes will be at 8 a.m. A veterans ride begins at 9 a.m. and the AmTryke Rodeo at 10 a.m.The AmTryke therapeutic tricycles are designed for people who are unable to operate traditional bikes because of disabilities.

All events will begin at the Cox Convention Center at 1 Myriad Gardens.

via AMBUCS will donate bikes to disabled children, veterans in Oklahoma City | NewsOK.com.

Fred Kamp Profiled by KFOR

I’m a little late on this one, but last weekend was Fred Kamp Day in honor of the fearless leader of the OBS Donut Ride for the last 30 years.  For those who didn’t get their first ride in on the donut ride, this short ride takes place every Saturday and is a great introduction to cycling for new riders and a great excuse for donuts for more experienced riders.   In preparation for Fred Kamp Day, KFOR put together this great tribute to this fearless ride leader:

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/

Tulsa Duathlon Honors Fallen Cyclists

Fleet Feet Sports in Tulsa is organizing a duathlon this Sunday to honor cyclists Christa Voss and Matthew Edmonds:

A duathlon organized by Fleet Feet Sports Tulsa will take place Sunday to remember Christa Voss and Matthew Edmonds, cyclists killed by a drunken driver while riding their bikes on Oklahoma 51 near 161st West Avenue on June 9, 2009.

The race benefits the Edmonds & Voss Memorial Fund, which has supported the families of Voss and Edmonds as well as benefiting drunken driving prevention and the Tulsa Zoo fund, among other causes, according to event coordinator Kate Critchfield. The race includes a 5K run, a 30K bike ride, and another 5K run.

via Duathlon Sunday will promote cycling safety | Tulsa World.

The ride starts at 7:00 AM on Sunday July 15th from Riverparks Festival West (23rd and Jackson Ave).

There is no race day registration, but you can register online at https://www.signmeup.com/84447 and in person at Fleet Feet Tulsa Blue Dome.  Full details available at: http://www.fleetfeettulsa.com/event/christa-voss-du-july-15/

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 |.