Volkswagen and BikeToursDirect Sponsor Free Bike Share Rides Memorial Day Weekend

May 21, 2014 – Chattanooga, TN —Residents and visitors will have free use of Bike Chattanooga bike share bicycles this Sunday and Monday, May 25 and 26, during the Volkswagen USA Cycling Professional Road and Time Trial National Championships. Volkswagen and BikeToursDirect have partnered with the City of Chattanooga, PeopleForBikes, and Bike Chattanooga to offer complimentary 24-hour Access Passes.

Bike Chattanooga Logs a Record Number of Rides Memorial Day Weekend

May 29, 2014 - Chattanooga, TN – The City of Chattanooga’s Bike Chattanooga Bicycle Transit System logged a record number of rides on Sun. and Mon., May 25 and 26, during the Volkswagen USA Cycling Professional Road and Time Trial National Championships. 
Thanks to sponsorships from Volkswagen of America and BikeToursDirect, residents and visitors registered for 1,187 complimentary 24-hour passes and took a total of 2,096 trips during the two day event, new highs for the increasingly popular bike share system.

Chattanooga named one of America's Top 50 Bike Friendly Cities

Claims to Fame: The outdoor set’s new “it” city embraces bikes of all types, from the 10 miles of freshly cut singletrack at a former Army munitions plant to the recent unveiling of a 30-station bike share. Chattanooga-based state senator Andy Berke successfully championed a “due care” law for cyclists, which officially nullifies “I didn’t see them” as an acceptable excuse in car-bike collisions.

Bike Chattanooga opening 33rd Station Friday Nov. 22

The Bike Chattanooga Bicycle Transit System will open its 33rd station at 6th Street and Pine Street on Friday, Nov. 22.

Chattanooga Bike-Share: Lessons for smaller cities

Chattanooga, Tennessee, was, in a lot of ways, not an ideal city for bike-sharing. It’s a somewhat sprawling city, without a strong culture of cycling and walking. In addition, only a small percentage of area residents use transit to get around, so not many are leaving the car in the garage.

Chattanooga is blazing trails as a small bike-sharing city. But local leaders didn’t use these challenges as excuses not to act to improve public health. This city of 170,000 launched the Chattanooga Bicycle Transit System last July, with 30 stations and 300 bikes dispersed around a 2.5-square mile area of downtown. In doing so, little Chattanooga beat larger cities like New York and Chicago to the punch.

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