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CDOT adds four new bike stations ahead of Ironman

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CHATTANOOGA, TN (WRCB) -

Thousands of athletes will take to the roads and the waters on Sunday to compete in the Ironman 70.3 triathlon.

To ease congestion for spectators at this weekends event the city of Chattanooga is adding a new option to get around.

Tuesday, CDOT and Bike Chattanooga installed four new bike stations in anticipation of the big event.

One of the new locations at the Curtain Pole Road along the trail on the Tennessee River.

"People can bike up from the waterfront area to the curtain pole watch our swimmers and bike back down,” CDOT Assistant Transportation Engineer Ben Taylor said.

The city now operates 37 bike stations, and nearly 340 bikes. Taylor hopes spectators will choose to borrow a bike instead of driving to reduce traffic on a busy weekend in the scenic city.

"They'll be a lot of these sections will be riding with traffic or running on roads that are actually open to traffic so they'll need to give the right away to the runner or cyclist,” Taylor said.

CDOT is already setting up for one of the city's biggest races. Road closures begin Wednesday at 9 a.m. Sections of Riverside Drive and Riverfront Parkway along with parts of Chestnut Street and the Southbound Veterans Bridge Ramp will close and stay closed through Monday.

Taylor advises planning ahead to see if the closures affect you.

The bike transit system is open to the public for a small rental fee.

The city hopes to have the new bike stations installed by the weekend.

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