Local advocates are hosting an event this week to raise money and awareness about the advantages of having a bikeable, walkable community
"Biking and walking is ... a very healthy lifestyle," Bike Walk Chattanooga Vice Chair Chris Carr said. "There are economic interests around being connected to [places] and slowing down, shopping and spending money when you're walking and biking."
The Bike Walk Chattanooga event is slated for Feb. 23 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at The Daily Ration, 1220 Dartmouth St.
The organization's mission is "to enhance the quality, safety and accessibility of the Chattanooga area for walking, biking and transit by promoting community, civic engagement and public policy."
Funds raised at this week's event will support the organization's parent group, Bike Walk Tennessee, and officials also want to spread the word about why they think their mission is important.
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Economic benefits Biking, walking and creating a community conducive to those activities mean economic benefits for a city, Carr said.
"There are huge economic benefits for the city that are a little bit harder to quantify for people that are more skeptical," he said.
But some studies show quantifiable details about the perks.
A 2012 study from the