I just got back from a 5-day trip to the best city in the great state of Tennessee, and maybe the South as a whole: Chattanooga. Having spent many a year there, I thought I was well acquainted with the ins and outs of the town, but over the past five years the city truly has blossomed, and I thought I’d share how.
Shots from my two wheeled journey in the Scenic City
Since the city has a thriving economic development organization for the downtown district (as well as plenty of money, tourism, and interest) certain things have happened rather quickly in terms of development that other cities are rightly jealous of. For example, the city has a large pedestrian-only bridge, a nationally-renowned aquarium, tons of people walking around, and — more recently — bike share.
After paying a one time fee of 6 bucks, you can check out a bike and ride it all around the city. There are bike docking stations at practically every block, certainly close enough to all of the main tourist attractions and restaurants.
While Chattanooga’s population is not that large, by offering the bike share program, they are well ahead of many other major US cities, and right on par with places like London, Paris, and even Minneapolis. The bikes are very easy to ride (even in hilly Chattanooga) and a quick and fun way to navigate the city.
This should be of particular interest to Cobbers as several community members and students of the Tri-College University are working to bring a similar program to town. Membership, ideally, would be included in the student activity fee (something that would renew each year) and allow students from the three colleges to get in around Fargo-Moorhead with ease. Hopefully all works out, because after experiencing Chattanooga’s program, I’m confident it would be popular with many Cobbers.