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.
The Bike Chattanooga Bicycle Transit System will open its 33rd station at 6th Street and Pine Street on Friday, Nov. 22.
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.
Chattanooga’s Southside Charm
Once only known for housing the Chattanooga Choo Choo, this up and coming side of Chattanooga now houses a growing strip of businesses, a local winery, restaurants, Bike Chattanooga stations, and the ever so popular Crash Pad, a Boutique Hostel.
(Chattanooga, TN – July 23, 2013) - The Bike Chattanooga Bicycle Transit System invites the public to help celebrate its first full year of operations in the Scenic City with a celebration at the Nightfall Concert on Fri., July 26, from 6-10 p.m.
The community is invited to join Bike Chattanooga and Outdoor Chattanooga at Miller Park for refreshments, live music, and a member mix and mingle. Bike Chattanooga will be recognizing the top 13 riders and offering $25 off new and renewed memberships. The Nightfall concert will feature folk rock artists Swear and Shake from New York. Since the official launch on July 23, 2012, Bike Chattanooga has recorded over 24,643 miles traveled, and gained 696 members, who have logged a total of 32,158 rides.