Atlanta hires new Chief Bicycle Officer

March 24, 2015 Atlanta: BRANT SANDERLIN/BSANDERLIN@AJC.COM

March 24, 2015 Atlanta: BRANT SANDERLIN/BSANDERLIN@AJC.COM

The city of Atlanta didn’t have to look far to find a new Chief Bicycle Officer.

Becky Katz, who starts officially on Oct. 14, is already an active volunteer and member of the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition as well as the grants project manager for Park Pride. According to Atlanta Bicycle Coalition, Katz lives in Adair Park, has a masters degree in environmental engineering from King Abdullah University of Science and Technology and an undergraduate degree from Cornell University.

The city of Atlanta is on track to have about 120 miles of bike paths or shared lanes by the end of 2016.

Katz, Becky

As the city’s first CBO, Katz will engineer, plan and advocate for more bicycle projects. The five-year position is funded via a $250,000 grant from the Atlanta Falcons Youth Foundation.

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