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Atlanta’s Bike Czar Is Coming to Athens


Photo Credit: Atlanta Bike Coalition

Local transportation group Complete Streets Athens is bringing Atlanta’s chief bicycle officer, Becky Katz, to town today to show us how it’s done.

Katz, formerly a project manager at greenspace advocacy group Park Pride, was appointed by Mayor Kasim Reed in October to fill the newly created position. Her job is to plan bike projects, gather public input, write grant applications, get a bike-share program up and running and coordinate with other organizations, according to Creative Loafing. There is no equivalent position in the Athens-Clarke County government.

Katz will spend part of today meeting with ACC Transportation and Public Works Director David Clark. Along with Elliott Caldwell, complete streets coordinator for Georgia Bikes, and BikeAthens Executive Director Tyler Dewey, she’ll participate in a panel discussion from 7–8:30 p.m. at Cine.

“Our goal is to reach beyond the bike-riding crowd to show how planning for all types of transportation on our streets can not only lead to a safer, more pleasant ride, but also a more vibrant economy,” says a news release from Complete Street Athens.