Chattanooga recently moved up from the Bronze to Silver Award Level in the American League of Cyclists’ rankings of Bicycle Friendly Communities. Chattanooga is the first city in Tennessee to hold the Silver Level. This ranking puts the Scenic City alongside the Windy City (Chicago), the City That Doesn’t Sleep (New York), and the Capital City (Washington D.C.).
Andy Clarke, President of the League of American Bicyclists praised this year’s cities “for investing in … a healthier future for their residents.” Communities are ranked across performance in “the Five Es”: Engineering, Education, Encouragement, Enforcement, and Evaluation and Planning.
Mayor Andy Berke focused on the role Engineering played in this achievement. “Chattanooga’s designation as a Silver community is the outcome of our comprehensive approach to transportation, including the recent Complete Streets ordinance, as well as initiatives like our first protected bike lanes and a new neighborhood greenway in one of our city’s most historic neighborhoods,” said Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke. “By planning and designing new and future transportation projects with all users in mind, including bicyclists, we can ensure residents and visitors alike have more access to Chattanooga’s vibrant downtown, beautiful outdoors, and well-connected neighborhoods.”
The American League of Cyclists also offers recognition for businesses and universities. Local businesses include Outdoor Chattanooga, 212 Market Restaurant, Trek Bicycle Store, Scott’s Bicycle Center in Cleveland, TN, Bike Chattanooga, The Crash Pad, and Hub Endurance. To find out more about becoming a Bicycle Friendly Business, reach out to us at GreenTrips@Chattanooga.gov.