About This Machine

Our vision

Life connected by pedal strokes.

This Machine bikeshare includes over 200 bikes and 30 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 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 Saint Francis, George Kaiser Family Foundation, Chapman Family Trust, the City of Tulsa, Indian Nation Council of Governments, and the Better Bike Share Partnership.

Our Mission

This Machine transforms 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. 

Why "This Machine"?

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 bikeshare, 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 30+ bike stations. It is just one of several world-class cultural institutions that can easily be reached on one of our “machines”.

 

Nobody living can ever stop me

As I go BIKING that freedom highway;

Nobody living can ever make me turn back

This land was made for you and me.

Woody Guthrie and Burl Ives

TEAM

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. 

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. 

A born and bred Okie, Derek has been riding bikes in Tulsa since 1984. He loves spending time with his partner and their young son, playing baseball, anything and everything outdoors, and seeing others enjoy themselves.

As a recent transplant, Mason has been enjoying everything Tulsa has to offer. In his free time you’ll find him hiking at Turkey Mountain, playing disc golf in one of Tulsa’s many parks, or on a bike down by the river.

Lauren loves chasing adventures with her friends and family. During her free time, Lauren is an avid disc golfer, reader, outdoor junkie, wanna be gardener, yogi, and bicycle enthusiast. She is also a first grade teacher who is passionate about connecting with children and their families.

Kieran enjoys spending time outdoors and being part of Tulsa’s amazing community. He can often be found rock climbing, bike riding, or exploring with his dog, Roo. 

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

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.

Bruce is a native Tulsan 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,” says Bruce. 
 
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. 

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. 

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. 

“If you’re looking for Ashley Bath, you’ll most likely find her outside digging in the garden with her pup, running through a City park or biking about town.
 
She grew up pedaling with friends around her St. Louis neighborhood and has since taken her bike wherever she’s gone. In 2017 she moved to Tulsa, where she is now enthusiastically realizing her dream of living a lean, green lifestyle on two wheels, bike commuting for work and play in and around downtown.
 
Ashley led the TYPROS Sustainability Crew from 2018-2019, has recruited young leaders to live and serve in Tulsa with the AmeriCorps program City Year, and even helped build some of the original This Machine bikes as a Bikeshare Ambassador.
 
Today Ashley works in the City of Tulsa’s Park and Recreation Department promoting a healthy, active lifestyle as their marketing and community engagement coordinator.”

Brian Kurtz is the Executive Director of the Tulsa Downtown Coordinating Council. He moved to Tulsa in 2018 and quickly fell in love with the city he now calls home. Brian is dedicated to making Downtown Tulsa more walkable, bikeable, and a place where everyone is welcome. When not around on Downtown’s five miles of newly striped bike lanes, you can find him exploring the 918 Trails network.

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.