Through a special partnership between the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and the City of Chattanooga’s Bike Chattanooga Bicycle Transit System, the first 500 UTC students who apply to join Bike Chattanooga are eligible to receive a discounted annual membership for $30.
Since Oct. 1, enrolled students have been able to sign up for an annual membership through the BikeChattanooga.com Website. Once purchased, the memberships may be activated at any time and are good for one year from the date of activation. Eligibility requires a validated current UTC student ID.
With four stations on campus and 24 additional stations throughout downtown Chattanooga, students have a low cost option for transportation in and around the campus. The new discounts add to the University's support of transportation options for its students, including CARTA's Mocs Express and the Downtown Shuttle.
“We work to promote a healthy lifestyle here on campus,” said Dr. John Delaney, vice chancellor for Student Development at UTC. “Our partnership with the Chattanooga bike share program is a perfect fit for our campus and for our students.”
The Bike Chattanooga Bicycle Transit System gives subscribers access to 300 bicycles at 28 stations all day, every day, 365 days per year. A membership entitles riders to unlimited trips from station to station, as long as each trip is under one hour. Anyone can check the status of bicycles in stations online or on their mobile phone through a Spotcycle or PBSC app, both available for Androids and IPhones.
"The system is designed for short trips," said Chattanooga Bicycle Coordinator Philip Pugliese. "This provides opportunities for as many people as possible to grab a bicycle and get to where they need to be."
As part of this program, after the initial 500 memberships are purchased, students may still enjoy a special $50 discounted rate until May, 2013.
The general public may purchase yearly subscriptions for $75 at bikechattanooga.com or access a 24 hour pass with a credit card at any Bike Chattanooga station for $6.
To learn more about the City of Chattanooga’s Bike Chattanooga Bicycle Transit System, visit www.bikechattanooga.com.