"League Names Chattanooga a Bicycle-Friendly Community "
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
(Washington, DC)- The League of American Bicyclists has honored Chattanooga, Tennessee with its prestigious Bicycle Friendly Community designation because of its longstanding commitment to providing safe accommodation and facilities for bicyclists, and its efforts to encourage bicycle travel for transportation and recreation. Through policy and design, Chattanooga has focused on increasing opportunities for physical activity and is a model in America's efforts to reduce obesity. Chattanooga is one of 13 communities given the Bicycle Friendly Community designation this fall; a total of 27 cities have been honored with the award in 2003.
Chattanooga has been granted the League's Bicycle Friendly Community bronze-level award, the fourth highest prize in the national awards program. A total of 17 American communities have earned the bronze-level designation. Just three cities—Portland and Corvallis, Oregon and Palo Alto, California—have received the second highest gold-level award. The League has not yet bestowed the highest-level platinum award on any community.
Elissa Margolin, Executive Director of the League of American Bicyclists, congratulated Chattanooga for its achievement. “Chattanooga and our other Bicycle Friendly Communities display uncommon political commitment, technical expertise, and community involvement to become better places to bicycle. The rewards for residents are huge: reduced traffic, better air quality, increased travel choices, and greater opportunities to lead more active lifestyles.”
League staff and reviewers consider several factors before granting Bicycle
Friendly Community status, including:
A related event will take place that day between 1:30 and 2:15 PM at
the Waterhouse Pavilion in Miller Plaza. Approximately 100 fourth grade
elementary students from the Battle Academy for Teaching and Learning
and the Normal Park Museum Magnet will present their artwork promoting
bicycle safety in the community. Posters will be judged by both students
and members of the Chattanooga Bicycle Task Force. Finalists will be presented
at the City Council Meeting that evening.
Communities wishing to be considered for the award should visit www.bicyclefriendlycommunity.org
to view the application and find out more about the program. Applications
received on or before March 19, 2023 will be considered in the next application
review cycle. The Campaign is supported by grants from the Robert Wood
Johnson Foundation (www.rwjf.org) and
the Bikes Belong Coalition (www.bikesbelong.org).
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