Bike Chattanooga may have had trouble shifting gears in its first few weeks, but now the public transportation program has hit a very big—very healthy—milestone.
Since having access to rental bikes in the downtown and Southside areas of town from the end of July on, Chattanooga bikers have burned more than 1 million calories, taken 10,000 trips and prevented more than 6,500 pounds of CO2 from entering the atmosphere.
The program has 30 docking stations and 300 bikes spread from the North Shore to Main Street and from Carter and West 12th Street to Oak Street and University Greenway.
The Bike Chattanooga website’s map shows that two additional stations are in the works for North Market Street and the corner of Market Street and East Fourth Street.
Tracing its roots back to the development of the CARTA electric shuttle line, the bike program is a city of Chattanooga initiative overseen by Outdoor Chattanooga.
There are three ways to rent bikes: an annual membership ($75), a UTC student annual membership ($30), and a 24-hour access pass ($6). For the speed demons, all membership or pass options allow access to unlimited station-to-station bike rides lasting less than 60 minutes.
For those who prefer a more leisurely bike ride and take more than 60 minutes for each station-to-station trip, a $5 per half hour usage fee is applied on top of the membership or pass price.
In a prepared statement, representatives of Bike Chattanooga outlined the program's goals as improving health and air quality, creating more parking availability downtown and reducing automotive congestion.
Updated @ 9:45 am. on 11/27/2012 to add clarity on bike rental costs.