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A Bicycle Transit System

October 9, 2012

Bike Chattanooga, Chattanooga’s bike share system, faced some of the same software issues that affected Citi Bike and was delayed by about three months before launching in July. It has 300 bicycles at 30 stations and is off to a decent start.

Larry Zehnder, city public works administrator, said the city’s new Bike Share program has had 10,000 riders since it was launched in late July.

He said there is an average rental of 127 bikes a day from stations placed all over downtown and the North Shore.

Mr. Zehnder said the busiest day was 298 riders and the most active 48-hour period was 427.

The average ride time is 25 minutes.

Total mileage logged thus far is at 2,000.

He said that means that 400,000 calories have been burned by the riders.

Smartly, Chattanooga calls their program a “Bicycle Transit System.”  That kind of tagline might have helped Citi Bike avoid the initial confusion about its pricing.

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One Comment
  1. Jesse permalink
    October 12, 2012 11:45 am

    200 calories per mile? That seems very optimistic. Livestrong.com gives these figures below which seem much more realistic. Granted it is determined by the rider’s weight and this is Tennessee, so…. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Obesity_in_the_United_States)

    I have a pretty short commute, about 4 miles each way and I know I’m not burning 1600 calories a day just on my bike. I like to think my commute is equivalent to about a doughnut.

    Vigorous Cycling
    Bicycling 14 to 15.9 mph is considered a “vigorous effort” by the Wisconsin Department of Health. More vigorous efforts spur greater calorie losses by increasing your heart rate and the amount of fuel your body burns, according to “Swim, Bike, Run.” When you bicycle 14 to 15.9 mph, you burn about 58 calories per mile if you weigh 190 pounds, about 47 calories per mile if you’re 155 pounds and about 39 calories per mile if you’re 130 pounds.

    Moderate Cycling
    Bicycling 12 to 13.9 mph is a “moderate effort,” according to the Wisconsin Department of Health. When you bicycle 12 to 13.9 mph, you burn about 53 calories per mile if you weigh 190 pounds, about 43 calories per mile if you’re 155 pounds and about 36 calories per mile if you’re 130 pounds.

    Light Cycling
    Bicycling 10 to 11.9 mph is regarded as a “light effort” by the Wisconsin Department of Health. When you bicycle 10 to 11.9 mph, you burn about 47 calories per mile if you weigh 190 pounds, about 38 calories per mile if you’re 155 pounds and about 32 calories per mile if you’re 130 pounds.

    Read more: http://www.livestrong.com/article/135430-calories-burned-biking-one-mile/#ixzz296FO2o4G

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