CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) - Chattanooga officials have launched an initiative to make cycling safer.

The Chattanooga Safe Biking Initiative seeks to educate drivers and cyclists on current laws and create a safer environment for different types of transportation.

The effort is being spearheaded by Chattanooga police officer Rob Simmons with support from police Chief Fred Fletcher and Mayor Andy Berke.

Simmons noted the cycling community in the area is growing and attracting economic development. The city is playing host to two Ironman triathlon events and the USA Cycling men's and women's pro championships.

The Chattanooga Times Free Press ( reports the initiative was announced last week and will be implemented over the next several months.

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