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.
"This position will be integral to the city’s continued progress on our Cycle Atlanta goals," said Mayor Kasim Reed. "Ms. Katz is joining an administration that is energized and organized around the many opportunities before us to make Atlanta the most bikeable, walkable, livable city in the Southeast.”
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.