Chattanooga Recipient of 2007 Planning Award for Regional Bicycle Plan

the idea of using a bicycle to get around town is not only gaining popularity in Chattanooga, Tennessee, but also national attention.

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Published by Smart Growth Online 

Changing people's minds about the practicality and convenience of using a bicycle instead of car to drive to work, complete an errand, or go on a nearby outing is neither simple nor easy. Yet, the idea of using a bicycle to get around town is not only gaining popularity in Chattanooga, Tennessee, but also national attention.

The American Planning Association (APA) has selected Chattanooga as the recipient of APA's 2007 National Planning Excellence Award for Implementation. The city completed a comprehensive bicycle plan in 1980, but efforts to act on the plan did not gain speed until 2001 when the city's Bicycle Task Force developed a list of specific goals including expanding the number of miles of bicycle lanes and signed routes in the region.

''Chattanooga has shown a deep commitment to realize the goals and vision of its ambitious bicycle plan,'' said Carol Rhea, AICP, chair of the APA Awards Committee. ''Already they are approaching the 200 mile mark in terms of the amount of new, existing, or previously planned routes, lanes, or multi-use paths for bicyclists.'' Rhea noted that the region's bicycle network eventually will be 400-plus miles long.

These efforts by the City of Chattanooga and Hamilton County, Tennessee, will be recognized at APA's National Planning Conference during a luncheon ceremony on April 17, 2007, in Philadelphia. A 30-minute video showcasing all of APA's 2007 National Planning Excellence, Achievement, and Leadership Awards recipients will be shown at the luncheon. Also, the accomplishments of Chattanooga and the 13 other 2007 awardees will be highlighted in the April 2007 issue of Planning magazine and on the APA website, www.planning.org.

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Resource: http://www.planning.org/newsreleases/2006/ftp12190602.htm