The City of Chattanooga’s new Bike Chattanooga Bicycle Transit System will be the go-to method of transportation for 2,400 runners, their families and support teams at this weekend’s 7Bridges Marathon.
Bike Chattanooga and 7Bridges officials will cross promote the transit system as a way for both competitors and spectators to access the event.
“As we laid out the event courses, we realized that using bicycle transit would be the best and most convenient way for our competitor’s families and support teams to access the venue,” said race organizer Denny Marshall. 7Bridges marathon, half marathon and 5K courses cover several square miles of the downtown area, overlapping with the Bike Chattanooga system footprint .
7Bridges officials are encouraging their participants and families to use the system through their event communications and in competitors’ race packets. Bike Chattanooga will put extra staff at stations which are located in the event venue to assist spectators and support teams in accessing the bicycles.
“Bike share is a perfect fit for large, downtown events,” said Bike Chattanooga General Manager Jeremy Pomp. “People can access bicycle transit for only $6 a day, about the same amount that it would cost to park a car.”
“The bonus of using bike share,” said Mr. Pomp, “is that it enables race fans to get around the marathon course, and to the start/finish line, ahead of their favorite runners to cheer them on.”
The public can access a 24-hour pass to Bike Chattanooga for $6. This allows them unlimited use of bicycles from station to station, throughout the 28 station system.
Visit http://sevenbridgesmarathon.com/ and http://www.bikechattanooga.com/.