Tulsa's Nonprofit Bike Share
This Machine is transforming our Tulsa community by providing a high quality, convenient and affordable bicycle transit system that connects people to the places where they live, work, and play.
A community and culture where people feel safe to cycle wherever they want to go, resulting in healthier neighbors and environment.
This Machine bike share includes over 200 bikes and 45 stations, operating 365 days per year. This Machine is operated by Tulsa Bike Share, a local 501c3 nonprofit.
Tulsa Bike Share has been providing bicycles to the Tulsa community since 2018. In June 2020, This Machine launched electric bikes! Continuation of this phase of growth will include expanding the network to include service in the Pearl District, Kendall-Whittier, 11th Street, Cherry Street, Brookside, RiverWest Festival Park, north Tulsa & Historic Greenwood, and the Gathering Place neighborhoods. By providing a network of bicycles that can be rented on-demand from stations located around the city, This Machine is changing the way we move about and experience our community.
Tulsa Bike Share is a partner of George Kaiser Family Foundation, Chapman Family Trust, the City of Tulsa, Williams Co., People For Bikes Better Bike Share, and Indian Nation Council of Governments.
Woody Guthrie was born in the small town of Okemah in 1912. One of Oklahoma’s favorite sons, he was a singer and songwriter of folk, country, and children’s songs, and a dedicated rabble-rouser. Having migrated along with thousands of other Okies to California to look for migrant work during the dust bowl, Guthrie wrote songs concerning the plights of working-class people. His most famous and well-loved is “This Land Is Your Land”.
The slogan “This Machine Kills Fascists” was often prominently displayed by Woody Guthrie across his guitar. It was a message that his instrument was a tool for democracy, human rights, and equality. At This Machine bike share, we believe that the bicycle can similarly be appreciated as an instrument for stronger community, a healthier and safer citizenry, and a better tomorrow.
The Woody Guthrie Center, home to the Woody Guthrie Archives, is located in the Tulsa Arts District, just across the street from one of our bike stations. It is just one of several world-class cultural institutions that can easily be reached on one of our “machines."
WHO WE ARE
Katie Sawicki, Interim Executive Director
Katie is a lifelong enthusiast of physical activity, and enjoys swimming and cycling regularly. A resident of Tulsa for the past seven years, Katie has worked in development and programming for health focused non-profits for much of that time. She lives in Midtown with her boyfriend and their two Dachshunds.
Chris Fondren, Fleet Manager
Chris is a native Tulsan that has lived in Tulsa the majority of his life, while also spending a little time in Orlando, San Diego, and Albuquerque before returning to his roots here in the beautiful city of Tulsa. His previous occupation was professional bicycle mechanic for over 25 years, as well as stints in some of Tulsa’s popular local eateries. He has been married to his beautiful wife for 22 years and has 3 awesome sons. Chris likes to spend his spare time cycling, and enjoying the great outdoors.
Kieran May, Outreach and Access Events and Social Media Coordinator
Kieran has been a Tulsan for seven years now, and loves being part of the amazing community here. He's also a big fan of the trail system, and enjoys spending time outdoors however he can. He can often be found rock climbing, bike riding, or exploring with his dog, Roo.
Taggert Getchell, Fleet Tech
Taggert loves being outdoors and adventuring in new places. He loves to play sports with his friends, including golf, football, and basketball. Also, he loves meeting new people and being able to talk with others.
Kenny Hill, Assistant Fleet Manager
Kenny is a native of Tulsa, growing up and going to school in Jenks. After attending and graduating from Texas Tech University, Kenny started working corporate America, mainly focused in recruiting and eventually the transportation industry. Kenny is a former athlete who, after years of sitting behind a desk and starting to gain weight, decided to do something about it. Cycling gave him a way to lose weight and smile at the same time. It was then that Kenny found his passion in life; cycling and helping the communities of Northeast Oklahoma. “This is the best job I’ve had and get super excited to come to work every day.”
Jon Camunes, Fleet Tech
Jon is a native of Portland, Oregon and joined This Machine after a decade in the Tulsa restaurant industry. He's passionate about environmentalism, politics, and all things tech. In his spare time, you can find Jon researching new topics and taking part in activism groups and activities around town.