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Outdoor Chattanooga Celebrates National Bike
Month with New Bike Chattanooga Riverpark
month of cycling activities and events offered to the
Chattanooga, TN – May
1, 2013 – Outdoor Chattanooga celebrated the start of
National Bike Month with the installation of a new Bike Chattanooga
Bicycle Transit System station at the Hubert Fry Center on the TN
Riverpark, now open to the public. The station opening kicks off a
month of special rides, activities and events to celebrate cycling
in the Chattanooga region.
Local National Bike Month events will include the First Friday
Bike2Work commuter breakfast and National Bike to Work Day, the 3
State 3 Mountain Challenge, 3 Rides/3 Hoods neighborhood bicycle
tours, historical bike tours of Moccasin Bend and Chickamauga
Battlefield, and culminates with the Volkswagen USA Cycling
Professional Road and Time Trial National Championships Memorial
The new TN Riverpark Bike Chattanooga station, which is located
adjacent to the Riverpark boat launch, provides an important
recreational link in the now 31 station system. Visitors and
residents will now be able to use Bike Chattanooga’s 7 speed
cruiser bikes to explore the area’s premier greenway. A
special celebration for this station will be held on May 17 at the
“We are excited to have a Bike Chattanooga rental station
added to the Tennessee Riverpark,” said Hamilton Co. Director
of Parks and Recreation Ron Priddy. “The station will
increase our connectivity to downtown Chattanooga while offering
the public an additional amenity to enjoy while visiting the TN
The new Riverpark station and additional docks at the Outdoor
Chattanooga station have been installed due to increased demand on
the system, especially in recreational areas.
“All bicycle traffic in the City is up 27% over last
year,” said Chattanooga Bicycle Coordinator Philip Pugliese.
“So it was only appropriate that we continue to expand the
bicycle transit system. This location will make it easier for
visitors, recreational cyclists and commuters to access the TN
Riverpark, a great transportation corridor.”
National Bike Month is a designated celebration of the League of
American Bicyclists, the country’s oldest cycling advocacy
organization. The Bike League sponsors the Bicycle Friendly
America program, which encourages cities, states, businesses and
universities to support bicycling, and ranks them annually based on
their level of bike friendliness.
Outdoor Chattanooga, a gold level Bicycle Friendly Business, is
currently partnering with the River City Co. and Bike Chattanooga
to assist local businesses in joining the program. Chattanooga is a
bronze level Bicycle Friendly Community and Tennessee is now #17 in
the Bicycle Friendly State rankings, moving up nine spots since
“It’s great to see that our efforts to
implement the Chattanooga Bicycle Master Plan are producing
tangible results,” said Pugliese. “Active
transportation, specifically bicycling, provides access to a world
of benefits, beyond just getting from point ‘a’ to
point ‘b.’ Bicycling removes physical and emotional
barriers to experiencing the outdoors.”
For a full schedule of National Bike Month events,
Chattanooga National Bike Month
All events are free and open to the public.
May 1 –Sept. 30, 2013
Bikes Belong wants 50,000 riders to pedal 20 million miles
nationwide, between May 1 – Sept. 30. Individuals, teams and
businesses can sign up to compete for prizes and national
It’s free to join.
Fri., May 3, 7 – 8:30
S. End of the Walnut St. Bridge
Free locally crafted coffee, breakfast and special prizes for
3 State 3 Mountain Challenge
Sat., May 4, 8:00 a.m.
2,000 cyclists will challenge themselves on the area’s
mountains, on 100, 90, 67 and 25 miles routes
The public is invited to join all or one of three
community rides to explore downtown Chattanooga by bicycle.
Bicycle required or rent one from Bike
Street Smarts Safe Cycling Class
Wed., May 8, 6 p.m.
Learn the rules of the road and a few simple tips for riding your
bicycle safely and confidently in
Moccasin Bend Historical Bicycle Tour
Thurs., May 9, 6 p.m.
Join the National Park Service and Outdoor
Chattanooga for a guided tour of the Moccasin Bend unit of
Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park. Learn about the
Bend’s long human history, from pre-historic Native Americans
to the Civil War.
Bike Maintenance Clinic
Wed., May 15, 6 p.m.
This free clinic offers the public practical advice for keeping
their bicycles trail and road worthy.
National Bike to Work
Fri., May 17
Bike Chattanooga will organize four Energizer
Stations during the morning rush hour to greet cyclists on their
way to with entertainment, free food and refreshing drinks. Riders
can sign up to participate in National Bike to Work Day
to receive additional event details,
bicycle commuter tips and be eligible for giveaways. Cyclists may
also sign in at Energizer Stations locations on May 17 to be
entered to win prizes.
Bike Chattanooga Station
Dedication and Celebration
Friday, May 17, 2 p.m.
Hubert Fry Center, TN Riverpark
Free demos, ribbon cutting, t shirt drawings to celebrate the
expansion of Chattanooga’s bicycle transit
Chickamauga Battlefield Bicycle Tour
Sat., May 18, 9:30 a.m.
Chickamauga Battlefield Visitors Center
Ft. Oglethorpe, GA
Adults and kids ages 8 and older will enjoy this leisurely,
interpretive tour of Chickamauga Battlefield. Learn about the
Battle for Chickamauga and other Civil War history in a beautiful,
Sat., May 25, 8 a.m.
Volkswagen USA Cycling Professional Road and
Time Trial Championships
Sat., May 25
Enterprise South Industrial
Mon., May 27
America’s best male and female cyclists will compete to be
the best in the nation on both Time Trial and Road
Ladies Leisure Ride
Sun. May 26, 4:30 p.m.
A slow-paced cruise through downtown Chattanooga, just for the
ladies. Finish with dinner at Community Pie.
United Healthcare Kids
Mon., May 27, 3 p.m. (time
V.W. USA Cycling Professional Road Race
Market St. and MLKing Blvd. in downtown Chattanooga
A fun, kids bicycle race, happening on the V.W. USA Cycling
Professional Road Race course on Memorial Day. Races will be
categorized from tricycle riders to age 12. Each participant will
receive an official t-shirt, water bottle and medal. Racers may pre
register or on the day of the race at the Outdoor Chattanooga
Chattanooga, TN 37405
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