29. That’s what Chattanooga scored out of 100 on Walk Score’s walkability meter, making it a “car-dependent” city.
A Walk Score is a numeric ranking that represents the walkabilityof an address based on pedestrian-friendliness and access to businesses.
Walk Score’s scale of walkability. | Image via Walk Score
Points are given based on the distance between the home and businesses, including restaurants, retail, and entertainment. For example, the proximity of Together Café to the Highland Park neighborhood would earn maximum points for being within a five minute walk(or about a quarter mile). However, Together Café would contribute zero points to the Riverview neighborhood’s walk score, since it’s greater than a 30-minute walk away.
So, how does a whole city get one score? Chattanooga’s walkability score is found by calculating the average walkability of many residential addresses in a city, meaning the more Together Café + Highland Park combinations, the better.
If you’re more likely to put the rubber to the road than make like Nancy Sinatra + strap on your walking boots, you’re in luck. Chattanooga ranks slightly higher for bicyclists with an overall score of 35. Learn how to make the most of that score + utilize Chattanooga bike transit system.
Don’t let a bad grade get you down. Chattanooga is already taking steps towards becoming more pedestrian-friendly with initiatives like the 10-Minute Walk Campaign and the recent completion of the Greenway, which can get you from Camp Jordan to the Riverwalk without stepping foot in a car.
In the meantime, here are Chattanooga’s top five most walkable + bikeable neighborhoods:
Downtown (Walk score: 69 | Bike score: 79)
North Chattanooga-Hill City-UTC (Walk score: 62 | Bike score: 59)
Cedar Hill (Walk score: 51 | Bike score: 48)
Bushtown-Highland Park (Walk score: 50 | Bike score: 63)
Brainerd (Walk score: 45 | Bike score: 31)
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Bonnaroo Cleanup | Mon., June 20 | 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m. | Meet at The Gear Closet, 1510 Riverside Dr. | Free, RSVP | Join Waterways and The Gear Closet as they travel to Manchester, TN to salvage items from Bonnaroo.
Introduction to Natural Wines | Mon., June 20 | 6-7:30 p.m. | The Chattery | $30 | Learn about what sets natural wines apart from conventional wines and of course, taste and analyze its flavors. 🍷
Art Therapy | Mon., June 20 | 5-6:30 p.m. | Soddy-Daisy Community Library, 9619 Dayton Pike | Free, RSVP | Licensed art therapist Hannah Login guides this exploration of art therapy. 🎨
Make Music Day | Tues., June 21 | 12-6 p.m. | Walnut Street Plaza | Free | Celebrate the solstice and make all kinds of music. 🎵
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Tech industry veteran + serial entrepreneur Tasia Malakasis has been selected as The Company Lab’s new CEO. Malakasis has held key roles in tech + consumer goods companies — most recently, scaling her own goat cheese company, Belle Chevre. Malakasis will take lead of the nonprofit organization in July. 💼 (The Pulse)
The Chattanooga Tourism Co. awardedover $605,000 to 28 of its local culture, heritage, and arts partners through the second round of the Cultural Tourism Advancement Grant. Winning organizations include The Pop-Up Project, Outshine Adventures + Stove Works. (The Pulse)
Despite reopening over the weekend, Mowbray Pike will be closed today from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. for road maintenance. Drivers should plan on using Montlake Road or Hotwater Road to access or leave Mowbray Mountain. 🚧 (Local 3)
The Chattanooga Lookouts recently unveiled the new Tree Worx Plaza at AT&T Field. Thanks to a partnership with Tree Worx, a locally owned tree care company, the front plaza was revitalized into a new welcoming space that features six 15-foot elm trees + greenery. 🌳 (Ballpark Digest)
ModWash — a local, woman-owned car wash — will reopen its East Brainerd location on Thurs., June 23 after extensive renovations. To celebrate, the first 150 people at the grand reopening will have the chance to win one year, six month, or one month memberships. 🚗 (Chattanoogan.com)
Food City is opening a new ~54,000-sqft location in East Ridge at 3636 Ringgold Rd. — replacing its former location across the street. A grand opening ceremonywill be held on Wed., June 22 beginning at 8 a.m. (Chattanoogan.com)
Creative Discovery Museum is offering$5 off its memberships through Wed., Aug. 31. The museum’s memberships provide unlimited visits all year long. Bonus: renewing members will receive two complimentary tickets to the museum. 🎟️
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