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Chattanooga Bike Facilities

Bicycles are to be expected on all Chattanooga streets as part of our transportation network. Bike facilities including Bike Lanes, Shared Lanes, and Multi-Use paths are marked on the recommended routes to provide connections between residential areas, offices, schools, parks, restaurants, and retail to encourage people to travel by bike. Our bike route system follows the recommendations of the City of Chattanooga Bicycle Implementation Plan. See a map of existing bike facilities here.  Click here for a map showing low volume route options, bike repair stations, bike shops, and Chattanooga Bike Share stations in the Chattanooga City Center.  For help with route planning visit GreenTrips. This free program provides incentives and educational resources for walking, biking, carpooling, transit, and telecommuting.  View and comment on our Bicycle Implementation Plan here.

Street Cycling 101 meets regularly at Outdoor Chattanooga. Attend this free class to learn techniques and rules of the road for being a confident and predictable road cyclist. Our League of American Bicyclists Certified Instructors will teach: TN State and Chattanooga laws pertaining to bicycles, lane positioning and changing, signaling and scanning, and cover a basic bicycle safety and helmet check. The class will be followed by an optional practice ride (in good weather) and is open to adults and kids ages 14 and older (when accompanied by an adult). Don't know how to ride? Come to our monthly Learn to Ride class (2nd Mondays). Learn More: info@outdoorchattanooga.com or call (423) 643-6888.

 Bike Lanes are dedicated lanes for bikes. Vehicular traffic is prohibited in bike lanes and must yield to cyclist when crossing a bike lane when necessary to turn.

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One-Way Protected Bike Lanes provide a physical barrier from moving car traffic and bicyclists.  Often times this barrier can be a curb, planter or parking spots.  An example of this in Chattanooga, is on Broad Street, where a curb gives a protective barrier for bicyclists from motor traffic.

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 Two-Way Protected Bike Lanes are very similar to one-way protected lanes, except they provide bike travel in both directions, on one side of the street.  Two-way protected bike lanes are typically found on one way roads.  An example of this in Chattanooga, would be on Vine Street.  Vine Street is a one way road that allows bike traffic to flow in both directions.  

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Shared Lanes are travel lanes shared by motorists and cyclists. While cyclists are permitted and should be expected on all City streets, Shared Lanes facilities are part of Chattanooga's bike route system and include Shared Lane pavement markings or Sharrow. This Shared Lane symbol serves as a guide for where a cyclist should position themselves in the lane to avoid road side debris and door zones, and as a reminder for motorists to expect and share the lane with cyclists. As of August 2015, Chattanooga has 40 miles of shared lanes.

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Multi-use Paths are facilities for non-motorized traffic only. The cyclist is the faster vehicle on these facilities and is to yield to pedestrians. As of August 2015, Chattanooga has 23 miles of Multi-use paths.

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Neighborhood Greenways aim to provide pedestrian/bicycle connectivity for the entire neighborhood to the village center for transportation and recreation.  They typically have low volumes of car traffic and low speeds to give the right of way to bike and foot traffic.  For more information about local neighborhood greenways, please view the Virginia Ave. project diagram

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Bike Boxes are an intersection safety design at signalized intersections to prevent collisions between cyclists and turning vehicles. The benefits of bike boxes include providing increased visibility of bicyclists, particularly to right turning motorists, and positioning bicyclists to clear an intersection quickly, minimizing impediment to other traffic. When the light is red or yellow, a cyclist is to enter the bike box from the bike lane, and position themselves according to the direction they will proceed through the intersection on green.  The motorist is to stop at the white line before the green box. Right turns on red are prohibited for motorists where there is a bike box.

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Two-Stage Turn Queue Boxes offer a safe way for bicyclists to make left turns on a multi-lane signalized intersection from a right hand bike lane.  These queue boxes orient left turning bicyclists properly for safe turns without merging into traffic.  The bicyclists will need to receive two separate green signal intersections (one for the through street, followed by one for the cross street) in order to make their turn.  **Picture and description provided by NACTO.org. **
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Bike Detection Symbols are painted on the road to show cyclists where they need to stop in order to be detected by traffic signals.  Cyclists approaching or stopped at an intersection are to stop on the symbol to signal to the traffic light that there is traffic waiting to cross.  A green light will cycle just as it would if a car had approached when it is safe to cross the intersection.  Report any issues with detection by contacting 311. 
 
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Intersection Crossing Markings indicate the intended path of bicyclists and guide them through intersections, including driveways and ramps.  They provide clear boundaries between the paths of through bicyclists and either through or crossing motor vehicles in the adjacent lane.  Intersection crossing markings raise awareness for both bicyclists and motorists to potential conflict areas as well as guide bicyclists through the intersection in a straight and direct path.  These markings are another way of increasing the visibility of bicyclists.
 
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Bicyclists

 

• Use the sharrow to guide where you ride within the lane
• Remember not to ride too close to parked cars
• Follow the rules of the road

Motorists:

• Expect to see bicyclists on the street
• Remember to give bicyclists three feet of space when passing
• Follow the rules of the road

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Chattanooga's Bicycle Transit System is Bike Chattanooga

The City of Chattanooga's Bicycle Transit System, Bike Chattanooga, is ideal transportation for getting around downtown Chattanooga.  The system launched in July 2012 and provides public access to 300 bicycles and 33 docking stations.  The bikes are available to subscribers ages 16 and older through 24 hour, 3 day, or annual subscription. Find full details at Bike Chattanooga.  View this episode of Joy in Our Town to learn more about the system and use this Bike Chattanooga Tracker to locate a bike and find where you can dock it.

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ThinkBike Workshop

A Dutch boost to Chattanooga's bikeabilityChattanooga business owners, residents, City engineering, transportation, and planning staff welcomed Dutch bicycle transportation experts to plan and discuss how Chattanooga can become more bike-friendly. The two day ThinkBike workshop addressed how to improve multi modal access along Frazier Avenue and Cherokee Blvd on the north shore and create a link for the St Elmo neighborhood to the planned Riverwalk extension. The result was a broadened understanding of how incorporating bikes and pedestrians into all projects can create a sense of place.

Final Presentation: View slideshow

Final Report: View PDF

Facebook: Event Page | Photo Album

Links to several articles in the Chattanooga Times Free Press:

- Dutch transportation experts begin Think Bike workshop in Chattanooga

- Like riding a bike

- Cycling advocates help Chattanooga 'dream big'

WRCB TV 3 video story:

- Local workshop aims to make city more bike friendly

ThinkBike was hosted by the Royal Netherlands Embassy and the City of Chattanooga with generous support from the Benwood Foundation and Friends of Outdoor Chattanooga.

 

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Administration
Development Resource Center
1250 Market Street, Suite 3030 (map)
Chattanooga, TN 37402
Office Hours: 8 am to 4:30 pm
Phone: (423) 643-5950

Request new or report problems with existing traffic control devices by calling 311, (423) 643-6311, or by visiting CHA311.com.

Brian May