Becky Katz wants to make Atlanta more bicycle-friendly. She’s in for an uphill climb.
Becky Katz’s 2.6-mile commute from her house in Adair Park to her office in City Hall takes about 20 minutes. Her mode of transit—a $1,000 Kona Honky Tonk bicycle—is determined, by and large, by her occupation. As Atlanta’s first-ever “chief bicycle officer,” her job is a mix of public relations (spreading the gospel of bicycling in a city of agnostics), politics (cutting through red tape to boost ridership), and planning (expanding the city’s anemic network of bike lanes).