Bike Chattanooga Celebrates Third Birthday with Free Memberships to Chattanooga Residents
Birthday party and member sign up at Nightfall on Friday, July 24
The City of Chattanooga’s Bike Chattanooga Bicycle Transit System invites the public to help celebrate its third year of operations in the Scenic City with a celebration at the Nightfall Concert Series on Friday, July 24, from 7-9 pm. The community is invited to join Bike Chattanooga at Miller Park to enjoy Bike Chattanooga themed cupcakes, free bicycle valet service provided by BikeWalk Chattanooga, live music, and a member mix and mingle.
To introduce locals to the convenience of using Chattanooga’s Bike Share System, the City of Chattanooga, Friends of Outdoor Chattanooga, and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee Health Foundation are launching Activate Chattanooga to provide free Annual Memberships to Chattanooga Residents. Free memberships have a $5 key activation charge at the time of sign up. The Free Annual Membership offer is good while supplies last and available to new Bike Chattanooga members only who reside in the City of Chattanooga. To show our appreciation of existing Annual Members, Activate Chattanooga will add a year to existing member accounts for $25. Members will simply login into their Bike Chattanooga account and renew their current membership at ½ the regular price.
“CDOT wants all Chattanoogans to have a Bike Chattanooga Key in their pockets as a constant reminder of the availability of biking as an efficient and healthy way to complete trips around town. We are excited that The Friends of Outdoor Chattanooga are making this possible with financial support of the Blue Cross Blue Shield Tennessee Health Foundation.”
Instructions on how to redeem the Free Activate Chattanooga Annual Memberships may be picked up on July 24th at Nightfall during the birthday celebration event. The Chattanooga Community will have the option to sign-up for their membership at the event or at a later time by going to www.bikechattanooga.com/signup and creating a new account under the Activate Chattanooga Membership type. A credit/debit card must be used to secure an annual membership and a $5.00 processing fee will be charged at time of transaction.
3rd Year Birthday Milestones since July 23, 2012 Launch:
549,846 Miles Traveled
60,350 Casual Members and 1,473 Annual Members created
23,643,378 Calories Burned and 373,895 CO2 Saved
Record Day: May 25, 2015 (USA Pro Cycling Road Race Sponsored by Volkswagen) with 657 Complimentary Passes issued, 1,075 Trips taken, 232,845 Calories burned, 3,750 CO2 saved, and 5,415 Miles traveled
Other Membership Offerings from Bike Chattanooga:
Bike Chattanooga offers locals and visitors a variety of membership options including 24-Hour Access Passes for $8, 3-day Access Passes for $15, and Annual Memberships for $50. The Corporate and Community Partnership program allows businesses and organizations to subsidize memberships to employees at a reduced rate while helping to encourage health and wellness in the work place. Current Bike Chattanooga Community Partners are Volkert, Playcore, Chattanooga Chamber of Commerce, Chambliss, Bohner, and Stophel, and the City of Chattanooga.
Conference Memberships allow event organizers to offer attendees access to the network for only $20 per membership. More information on all membership types may be found on www.bikechattanooga.com/pricing. Businesses and organizations also have the opportunity to sponsor free Bike Chattanooga days during downtown community events such as Ironman Chattanooga, RiverRocks, and the Head of the Hooch.
Bike Chattanooga is made possible through the continued strong support of the Chattanooga Department of Transportation, Outdoor Chattanooga, CARTA, the Chattanooga-Hamilton County Regional Planning Agency, and our current sponsors: BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee, the Chattanooga History Center, and the Tennessee Aquarium.
About Bike Chattanooga Bicycle Transit System: Bike Chattanooga is the City of Chattanooga’s Bicycle Transit System featuring 300 bikes and 33 docking stations providing convenient, 24/7 access to a bike from the North Shore to the Southside, up the Tennessee Riverwalk to Hubert Frye Center, and from UTC in the east to the Convention Center in the west. Each station has a touchscreen kiosk, system and neighborhood map, and docking points which release bikes using a member key or ride code. Visit www.bikechattanooga.com.
About BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee: BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee’s mission is to provide peace of mind through better health. Founded in 1945, the Chattanooga-based health care company is focused on serving more than 3 million members in Tennessee and across the country. BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Inc. is an independent licensee of the BlueCross BlueShield Association (BCBSA). BCBSA is an association of independent Blue Cross and Blue Shield Plans. For more information, visit the company’s website at bcbst.com.
About BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Health Foundation, Inc.: The BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Health Foundation, Inc. (THF) was established in December, 2003 as a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation organized to promote the philanthropic mission of BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee. THF awards grants focused on high-impact initiatives across the state, which promote healthy lifestyle choices and help control health care costs for all Tennessee residents. Working with civic and economic partners, THF is dedicated to the support of research, innovative programs and creative approaches to improve the health and quality of life of Tennesseans for generations to come.
About Friends of Outdoor Chattanooga, Inc.: Friends of Outdoor Chattanooga, Inc., (FOC) was incorporated in December 2007, and designated by the IRS as a 501(c)(3) charitable organization. FOC works to preserve, protect and promote outdoor recreation opportunities through education, activities and events. Its Active Living & Transportation Network (ALTN) program specifically targets efforts to improve the built environment and to promote community health. FOC supports the City of Chattanooga’s Outdoor Chattanooga division in its mission to make outdoor recreation an attractive, healthy, and distinguishing lifestyle for Chattanooga’s residents and visitor population, which, in turn, will maintain and enhance the value of the region’s natural and built resources, and help grow the region’s economy. More information is available at www.outdoorchattanoogafriends.org.
About Motivate: Motivate is a global leader in bike share. A full-service bike share operator and technology innovator, Motivate works to re-envision how people experience and move around cities. Motivate currently manages all of the largest bikeshare systems in the United States and many of the largest systems in the world, including Citi Bike (NYC), Divvy (Chicago), CoGo Bike Share (Columbus, OH), Capital Bike Share (Washington DC, Arlington, VA, Alexandria, VA and Montgomery County, MD), Hubway (Boston, Somerville, Cambridge, and Brookline, MA), Bay Area Bike Share (BABS, San Francisco Bay Area), Bike Chattanooga (TN), Bike Share Toronto and Melbourne Bike Share, Australia. Motivate recently launched Pronto Cycle Share in Seattle, Washington, and was recently selected to launch a new system in Jersey City, New Jersey that will be compatible with Citi Bike.