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The program expands upon the Mobile Bicycle Fleet, which has introduced bicycling as transportation to hundreds of downtown workers and students.

 

Chattanooga expands bike share and Mobile Bicycle Fleet programs

The City of Chattanooga and Outdoor Chattanooga, in partnership with CARTA, has been awarded a $2 million grant from the Tennessee Department of Transportation’s Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement Program to establish a network of 30 public bike share stations in the Chattanooga region. A bike share program is a network of secure kiosks where people can check out bicycles to ride to lunch, business meetings, to class, the grocery store or just for fun. The first Chattanooga stations will be located around the central business district, University of Tennessee Chattanooga campus and the North Shore. The program expands upon the Outdoor Chattanooga Mobile Bicycle Fleet, which was created with support from TDOT, CARTA and the Lyndhurst Foundation and has introduced bicycling as transportation to thousands of downtown workers and students. Requests for proposals from bike share vendors will be issued later this month, with selection and contracts completed by September 30, 2010. Operations are expected to begin in spring, 2011.

To find out how you can participate as an individual or business owner in this program, contact Outdoor Chattanooga Bicycle Coordinator Philip Pugliese at (423) 643-6887 or ppugliese@outdoorchattanooga.com.

Governor recognizs Outdoor Chattanooga's Mobile Bicycle Fleet program

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NiceRide Demonstration at Bike Share Philadelphia

Governor Phil Bredesen recognized Outdoor Chattanooga and the Mobile Bicycle Fleet program with a 2009 Shining Star Award for their efforts in promoting a healthy lifestyle. Chattanooga Bicycle Coordinator Philip Pugliese and Outdoor Chattanooga Executive Director Philip Grymes accepted the award in Nashville. Shining Star Awards are given by the Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness and Health for efforts to promote healthy habits in the following areas: Where We Live (communities), Work (employers), and Learn (educational settings).

The Outdoor Chattanooga Mobile Bicycle Fleet is a Tennessee Department of Transportation-funded project in partnership with CARTA under the Commuter Transportation Assistance Program. Its mission is to promote bicycling for transportation, recreation, and health, and specifically to reduce mid-day vehicle trips by employees and students in Chattanooga.

“The Mobile Bicycle Fleet has had a huge impact on how people use bikes in Chattanooga,” says Outdoor Chattanooga Executive Director Philip Grymes, “People who haven’t ridden in years are back on bicycles for transportation and fun. We are very proud to be associated with Philip Pugliese and this wonderful program.” Through the Mobile Bicycle Fleet, bikes were made available at partnering organizations, where employees and students were encouraged to join group trips to lunch and other special events.

By providing a friendly, encouraging environment with trained leaders, the program facilitated a total of 685 trips in 2008-2009, as well as providing registered participants the opportunity to check out bicycles on their own. The Tennessee Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness and Health was created to address the health and fitness needs of all Tennesseans through the promotion of healthy lifestyles. The council recognizes that to be successful in affecting a change in the lifestyle habits of Tennesseans, a cooperative effort will be required of government agencies, businesses, communities and individuals that share the goal of enhancing the quality of life in Tennessee through the promotion of healthy lifestyles..

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