Sunday, September 21, 2014 · 12:03 a.m.

Outdoor Chattanooga announces news and events for May

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The launch of the city’s Bike Chattanooga bicycle transit system is delayed because of technical bugs, but officials are working hard to get the new bike-share program ready to use. Alta Bicycle Share, the city’s operations contractor for the Bike Chattanooga system, needs to work out some more technical bugs in the hardware and software, so the public launch will be delayed. 

Dinner and Bikes
When: May 2
The Tennessee Bike Summit will host a traveling road show of vegan food and bicycle inspiration with Dinner and Bikes May 2 from 7 to 9 p.m. at Outdoor Chattanooga, located at 200 River St. in Coolidge Park. Joshua Ploeg, Joe Biel and Elly Blue are traversing the South, bringing an entertaining evening of healthy food, inspiring photos and movies and news about national bike culture. Cost is $10 and includes dinner. Please RSVP to TNBikeSummit@gmail.com or call 423-643-6884. Automobile parking is available for $3. Bicycle parking is free.

Women on the Water
When: May 3
Ladies can slip on a pair of water sandals and join Outdoor Chattanooga and the Tennessee Aquarium for Women on the Water May 3 from 6 to 8 p.m.  On this laid-back adventure, participants will explore a wildlife-rich section of South Chickamauga Creek near Chattanooga’s Sterchi Farm Park. All equipment is provided, including an expert female guide. Cost is $25 per person ($20 for Tennessee Aquarium members). Reservations are required. There is a minimum of eight people and a maximum of 12. To learn more, email terri@outdoorchattanooga.com or call Outdoor Chattanooga at 423-643-6888.

Bike2Work special "edition"
When: May 4
In a special “edition” of the monthly Bike2Work breakfast on Friday, May 4 from 7 to 8:30 a.m. at Miller Plaza, Outdoor Chattanooga welcomes attendees for the first annual Tennessee Bike Summit.  Bicycle commuters, Bike Chattanooga bicycle transit system members, conference attendees and those interested in trying bicycle commuting should attend. Coffee and breakfast from local food vendors like Monkey Town Donuts and Famous Nater’s will be provided.  To learn more, call Jenny Park at 423-643-6884.

3State/3Mountain Challenge
When: May 4 and 5
Chattanooga welcomes 2,000 cyclists on Friday and Saturday, May 4 and 5 for the Chattanooga Bicycle Club’s 3State/3Mountain Challenge and century ride. The expo happens May 4 from 3 to 8 p.m. at the south entrance of Finley Stadium. The public is invited to join ride participants in an expo of cycling culture and gear. The challenge begins at 8 a.m. May 5 from Finley Stadium, with rides leaving at various times until 9:30. There will be no day-of-event registration.

Full moon backpack to Stratton Bald
When: May 5
Tennessee Wild will host an eight-mile, round-trip backpack to Bob Stratton Bald in the Cherokee National Forest on Saturday and Sunday, May 5 and 6. The outing includes a side hike to the Hangover, which offers views of the Citico Creek and Joyce Kilmer Slickrock Wilderness areas. Participants bring their own food, water and gear. Preregistration is required. To learn more, call Jeff Hunter at 423-322-7866.

Street smarts cycling seminar
When: May 9
Don’t just ride your bicycle, drive it. Outdoor Chattanooga will host a free, monthly street smarts cycling seminar on May 9 at 6 p.m. at their Coolidge Park facility, located at 200 River St. Learn the rules of the road, Tennessee state bicycle laws and a few, quick tips for riding confidently in traffic. Bring your bicycle and helmet if you want to join an optional practice ride following the class. The class is appropriate for adults and kids ages 12 and older when accompanied by an adult. To learn more, email or call Outdoor Chattanooga at 423-643-6888.

Moccasin Bend bicycle tour
When: May 10
Outdoor Chattanooga and Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park will host a bicycle tour of Moccasin Bend on Thursday, May 10 from 6-8 p.m. Park interpretive rangers will share the history of Moccasin Bend, from the first Native American residents to future plans. The tour is free and open to adults and kids ages 16 and older when accompanied by an adult. The ride takes place on city streets and covers mostly flat terrain with a couple of moderate hills. Bring your own bicycle or borrow one from the Outdoor Chattanooga mobile bicycle fleet. Reservations are required for borrowed bicycles. To reserve a bicycle, call Outdoor Chattanooga at 423-643-6888.

Raccoon Mountain 10k and 5K
When: May 12
The Chattanooga Track Club will host the Raccoon Mountain 10K and 5K races around the TVA Raccoon Mountain pumped storage facility on Saturday, May 12, beginning at 7 a.m. The racecourses go around the mountaintop reservoir and offer some of the best views in Chattanooga.

Another Gorgeous Evening with Tennessee River Gorge Trust
When: May 12
The Tennessee River Gorge Trust will hold their annual fundraising dinner, Another Gorgeous Evening, on Saturday, May 12 at the Tennessee Riverplace. Tickets are still available for the event, which includes a live and silent auction and special guest Sen. Lamar Alexander.

Beer Over Dirt
When: May 12
The North Chickamauga Creek Conservancy will host Beer Over Dirt in Renaissance Park on Saturday, May 12 from 3 to 7:30 p.m. The fundraiser will feature local microbrews, local food and local music to benefit NCCC’s conservation programs.

Sublime in Art
When: May 12
The Hunter Museum of American Art and Tennessee Wild will co-host a special Sublime in Art outing on Saturday, May 12. The outing will begin with a five-mile guided walk and discussion of our natural environment, led by naturalists from Tennessee Wild, along with a discussion of the way artists have seen such environments, led by Hunter Museum curators. Back at the museum, participants will have a guided discussion about works of art discussed on the hike. Cost is $9.95 for museum admission. The limit is 25 participants. To learn more, call Jeff Hunter at 423-322-7866.

Upper Ocoee opens
When: May 12
Put on your spray skirt and grab your kayak! The Upper Ocoee River opens for weekend recreational kayaking, canoeing and rafting on Saturday, May 12, with a water release from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Class IV section of the river, which includes the Ocoee Whitewater Center, is for experienced whitewater kayakers and canoeists only. Other adventurers can join one of two dozen rafting outfitters who lead trips on the Ocoee.

Adaptive cycling
When: May 14
Outdoor Chattanooga and the Parks and Recreation Department’s Therapeutic Recreation Division will host an adaptive bicycle ride on Monday, May 14 at the Tennessee Riverpark. People with cognitive and physical disabilities are welcome to ride. Special equipment can be provided. To participate, call Elaine Adams at 423-697-1345.

Bicycle maintenance clinic on brakes
When: May 17
The Trek Bicycle Store of Chattanooga will host a free bike maintenance clinic at Outdoor Chattanooga, located at 200 River St. in Coolidge Park, on Thursday, May 17 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Mechanic Taylor Keaton will focus the clinic on brakes: types, maintenance and repair. No reservations or bicycles are necessary. To learn more, call Outdoor Chattanooga at 423-643-6888.

Dragon Boat Festival
When: May 19
Only six slots remain to participate in the annual festival! Corporate and community teams have one week to register a team in the sixth annual Children’s Hospital Dragon Boat Festival, which happens on Saturday, May 19 at the TVA Chickamauga Reservation Recreation Area. So far, 54 teams are scheduled to compete. The event is limited to 60 teams. No experience is necessary. Teams have until Monday, May 7 to register. To learn more, call 423-778-4688.

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