Meet Becky Katz, Atlanta’s first-ever chief bicycle officer
For years, residents and advocates such as the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition have had to lean on city officials to make sure bicycles got a fair shake at City Hall. Now two-wheelers will have an advocate in city government to help rally for Atlanta to become a more bicycle-friendly city.
On Monday, Mayor Kasim Reed announced that Becky Katz, an Adair Park resident who has spent the past four years as a project manager at the city’s leading greenspace advocacy group, has been hired as City Hall’s first-ever chief bicycle officer. Katz starts the job on October 14.
Once in office, Katz will be tasked with planning bike accessibility projects and asking the community for input, among a wide range of other activities. Those duties include overseeing the city’s still-in-the-works bike-share program, writing grants and making sure development plans jibe with Cycle Atlanta and the Connect Atlanta plan.