Kurt Cavanaugh, the first executive director of the biking and walking advocacy group Charleston Moves, is leaving after two years.
Charleston Moves Board Chairman Tom Bradford announced Cavanaugh is leaving to become deputy director of the Flatiron/23rd Street Partnership, a business improvement district in New York.
Bradford said Charleston Moves made remarkable progress under Cavanaugh, including broadening the organization's membership and budget, which is now $200,000 a year. Cavanaugh also launched Bike Month CHS and co-founded People Pedal CHS — The Downtown Bike Plan.
While some new bike paths were built recently, including the Ben Sawyer Multi-Use Path between Mount Pleasant and Sullivan's Island, one of the organization's major goals has remained unfulfilled: the completion of a safe biking and pedestrian route over the Ashley River.
Plans to repurpose one of the four northbound lanes of the T. Allen Legare Bridge are pending before Charleston County Council, which would have to pay for that work. But it's unclear if the county will proceed: It currently is seeking input from the S.C. Department of Transportation, and that response has been delayed because of Hurricane Matthew preparation and recovery.
Savannah Brennan, who joined Cavanaugh as the group's membership and outreach coordinator last fall, will serve as interim director. Bradford said the group will conduct a national search for a successor.