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 to learn more, visit www.outdoorchattanooga.com.
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