GREEN TRIPS PROGRAM

What is GreenTrips

GreenTrips is a free Chattanooga program designed to promote alternative transportation.   We connect you with educational resources, fun events, trip partners, and prizes to encourage you to walk, bike, take the bus, carpool, and work from home.  Visit GreenTripsCHA.org to get started.

Why:  GreenTrips highlights the healthy, sustainable transportation options we have in the greater Chattanooga region.  When taking a green trip, you can boost your health by improving air quality and building physical activity into daily trips, save money spent on fuel and car maintenance, build community through shared rides, reduce stress from time spent behind the wheel in traffic, and have fun exploring new ways of getting around.

Background/Funding:   Green Trips is a program of the Chattanooga-Hamilton County/North Georgia Transportation Planning Organization (TPO). The program aligns with regional transportation planning goals of reducing congestion and connecting communities in the region by providing multimodal travel options to activity and economic centers.   Funded as a three-year pilot through the federal Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement (CMAQ) Program, Green Trips is led by Program Coordinator Zach Meredith, with support from Outreach Specialist Heather Sivley, both housed within the Strategic Long-Range Planning Division of the Chattanooga-Hamilton County Regional Planning Agency.  The Green Trips Steering Committee, which has assisted in program development throughout the life of the project, has grown and remains engaged in the effort to aid in the implementation and assist in engaging the public through publicized local events, social media, website(s) and print media.

Find your Elements

  • Walking - great for short trips, improving your health, and reducing stress.  Discover one of Chattanooga’s scenic
     walkin paths.   

  • Cycling - great for moderate exercise and for 5-20 mile trips.  Take a Bike Chattanooga bike, visit a local bike shop,
    or build your own at the Main Street Bike Co-op.

  • Transit - great for trips across town.  Work while you ride; all CARTA buses offer free Wi-Fi!  Don’t forget the free electric shuttle!

  • Carpooling - great for longer distances.  Make your drive more fun by adding friends.

  • Telecommuting - By scheduling compressed work weeks or working from home you can reduce your trips by car        
    and earn points!

Find a friend

Find friends to go with you on your usual route or try out a new element of transportation with someone who has done it before.  Log onto GreenTripsCha.org to find a friend going your way on bus, bike, foot, or carpool. 

Win Prizes

1.       Create an Account.  Visit www.GreenTripsCha.org

2.       Take a trip by walking, biking, bus, carpool, or work from home.

3.       Log your trip.

4.       Apply your points to a contest.

Learn and Enjoy

GreenTrips offers some advice about getting started with each element of transportation.  Visit GreenTripsCha.org/CommuterResources to learn more! 

Check out the calendar at GreenTripscha.org to learn about fun events hosted by GreenTrips and its community partners.  Watch for events like the following:

Transit Tour: Learn to navigate the city by bus.  Practice using tools like the Transit Guide and Bus Tracker. 

Safe Cycling Class: Learn from a certified instructor at the Main Street Bike Cooperative.   Practice basic bike handling, emergency maneuvers, communicating with motorists, and navigating the streets. 

Walking Tour: Take a walking tour of your neighborhood or city. 

Group Bike Rides:  Check the Calendar at GreenTripsCha.org for bike rides lead by local area bike shops, the Chattanooga Bicycle Club, or Outdoor Chattanooga.

 

Want to learn more? Contact Green Trips Coordinator Zach Meredith at 423.643.5923 or meredith_z@chattanooga.gov.
 

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