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Chattanooga cycles up plans to improve safety for bicycle transportation

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A car passes Zac Holford, who owns the Main Street Bike Cooperative, as he bikes along Main Street while running errands Monday in downtown Chattanooga. Photo by Doug Strickland/Times Free Press A car passes Zac Holford, who owns the Main Street Bike Cooperative, as he bikes along Main Street while running errands Monday in downtown Chattanooga. Photo by Doug Strickland/Times Free Press
CHATTANOOGA, TN (Times Free Press) -

Speed limits could be lowered, parking spaces added and more speed bumps installed in neighborhoods as part of Mayor Andy Berke's plan to improve transportation in Chattanooga.

But with the city's rising reputation in the world of bicycling, the newly formed Department of Transportation is already studying where to add bike lanes.

In May, the Scenic City hosted the national cycling championships, with return visits scheduled in 2014 and 2015. Add to that the area's reputation as a mountain biking hub and the citywide bike sharing program, and more accommodation for bicycles is needed, cyclists and others say.

There are too many places where cyclists who want to bike to work or tourists trying to get around downtown have to share the road with trucks and cars. To avoid the traffic, some even bike illegally on sidewalks, running the risk of hitting pedestrians.

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