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, 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.
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.
Monica Barczak joined the Tulsa Bike Share board in June 2019. She is passionate about working for equal access to health and education opportunities for all. While not a native Tulsan, she has developed a deep understanding of the community through professional roles with Ascension St. John, CAP Tulsa, the Office of the Mayor, and the City Council Office. She has been a proud member of the boards of DVIS, Iron Gate (including serving as Board Chair) and Workforce Tulsa. She is a member of Leadership Tulsa Class 62, a volunteer for Bike Club, and a past volunteer for Reading Partners. She’s been in a number of local theater productions, and of course, spends as many hours as possible riding her bike. She raced for Bicycles of Tulsa for 7 years and has participated in many of the local charity bike rides.
Brian Williams joined Tulsa Regional Tourism, a part of Tulsa Regional Chamber, in July of 2019, as the Vice President of Business Administration. Williams leads the organization’s strategic direction in business process, spanning finance, budgets, accounting, purchasing, reporting, contracts and information technology.
Williams serves as the Compliance and Accreditation officer for the organization, as well as the Secretary of the Executive Board for Tulsa Regional Tourism. He supports the President of Tulsa Regional Tourism on many boards and committees, including TDMI Board, TID Co. Board and Tulsa Regional Tourism’s Finance Committee, Investor Board, Executive Board, and Advisory Board.
Following a five-year stint in Accounting for Tulsa Regional Chamber, Williams chose to blend his passions for tourism and business strategy by pursuing a career in tourism as a destination marketing professional.
Williams graduated from Oklahoma State University with a B.S. in Marketing and Minors in Business Management and International Business. Williams is pursuing his CDME, and sits on the board for This Machine Tulsa and Humble Warrior Collective.
In his free time, Williams is an avid cyclist, endurance runner and lover of the mountains. When he’s not out enjoying the trails in Tulsa, you can find him on TripAdvisor booking travel out West.
Bruce is a native Tulsa who, after retiring from a 30+ year career with the Oklahoma Tax Commission, decided to continue his service to the community as a volunteer for several local non-profit organizations.After being heavily involved with Tulsa International Mayfest for over 10 years, Bruce was ready to explore other volunteer opportunities and found a perfect fit with This Machine.“As someone who has survived a heart attack I understand the importance of exercise. This Machine is a perfect way for people to get into the world of bicycling without having to incur the costs of purchasing your own bicycle.” “Bicycling not only is a great way to exercise but also allows the riders to see some of Tulsa’s great attractions.”When not volunteering at local festivals and events Bruce and his “four-legged daughter” Seerah may be found exploring several of Tulsa’s numerous parks and dog parks.
Grayson Barnes is a partner at Barnes Law PLLC. He moved to Tulsa before he was old enough to ride a bike and has spent all of his life here less school and travel. He strives for Tulsa to compete on a national scale by facilitating the legacy of a thriving oil and gas industry all while recognizing the need for the city to diversity its industrial portfolio and its offerings to fellow Tulsans.
Growing up in rural Southern Indiana, Tonja and her brother caught the cycling bug riding dirt trails they crafted in their neighborhood. Moving to attend The University of Tulsa in 1986 she fell for the city’s outdoor vibe, especially at River Parks. She met her husband Tim, a passionate cyclist, in 1999 at Tulsa’s Oktoberfest. Active lifestyles for them both include cycling and volunteering to support local non-profit organizations and their associated festivals and events, primarily Tulsa Wheelmen, German-American Society Tulsa (GAST), Route 66 Marathon, and Tulsa Tough. Tonja is Community Relations Director for River Parks Authority and Festival Director for Tulsa Oktoberfest. She serves on the boards for Tulsa Downtown Lions Club, GAST and Tulsa Oktoberfest, Inc.
Growth comes from overcoming the things that stand in the way of your goal.
I graduated from Tulsa Central High School, the last class to graduate from the PSO Building in downtown Tulsa, Oklahoma. I served three (3) years in the United States Army. I graduated from the Oklahoma State University of Technology in Okmulgee, Oklahoma.
In 2018, I was diagnosed with Prostate Cancer. After a regime of natural health treatment and cure of my cancer, I found a Freedom that had once been lost; I lost that life of working and that life of seeking to acquire material stuff. I became Free of my self-imposed shackles. I found the Freedom to shine my light, as bright as possible. I found that to live a life of Service is to live a life of Freedom. To be Free is to live your best life. I choose to live my best life. I choose to be a light in this life.
Larry Mitchell was born at a very young age, and chose the bicycle as his preferred means of transportation at the age of 4, when Santa Claus gifted him with a Schwinn Cruiser.
He is a life-long cyclist, and sees the bicycle as an answer to many of our pressing urban issues.
Larry has been an active member of the Tulsa Bicycle Pedestrian Advisory Committee for 8 years. He worked as a volunteer at the Tulsa Hub for several years, and was a board member for 3 years. He has attended 2 League of American Bicyclists summits in Washington, DC. Larry has enjoyed seeing some of the cities in the USA and abroad that have the best cycling infrastructure, including Seattle, Portland, Copenhagen, and Amsterdam.
As for the question of how many bikes someone should have, Larry prefers the ‘N plus 1’ formula.
Jane works at INCOG as a Transportation Planner, and, more specifically, the Bicycle-Pedestrian Coordinator for the Tulsa region. She sees Tulsa Bike Share as a key component of the transportation system, and believes the addition of ebikes is an innovative transportation solution for short trips in the city. Jane is passionate about creating a safer and friendlier environment for pedestrians and people on bikes. She enjoys coordinating and collaborating with community stakeholders, which includes This Machine, to change the car culture of Tulsa and to rethink the uses of the public-right-of-way for all forms of transportation, including micro-mobility and public transit.