Charleston Moves has hired Kurt Cavanaugh, who formerly worked with the Open Space Alliance for North Brooklyn, to be its first paid executive director.

The Lowcountry's nonprofit bike and pedestrian advocacy group said Cavanaugh will begin work here on Aug. 4.

He will replace Tom Bradford, who has led the group as a volunteer for years.

Cavanaugh previously worked as deputy director for the alliance, park conservancy group that helped maintain North Brooklyn's 100-plus parks, playgrounds and green spaces. Since 2012, he managed its administrative, fiscal, and programmatic operations.

Before that, he directed the East Village Community Coalition, a quality-of-life and historic preservation advocacy organization with a $200,000 annual budget. He also co-founded Greensboro N.C.'s bike advocacy group.

Stephanie Hunt, Charleston Moves' board chair, praised Bradford for helping the group make "enormous strides," adding, "Kurt comes to a region primed to become a premier walking-biking community."

Charleston Moves has pushed for adding a bike-pedestrian lane to the northbound U.S. Highway 17 drawbridge over the Ashley River and for its goal of a "Battery to Beach" route that would connect the Isle of Palms with Folly Beach via downtown Charleston. It also is opening new offices at 1600 Meeting St. in the Neck Area.

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