April 11, 2013
Olugbenro Ogunsemore via Esquire
When you hear the term “transportation commissioner,” you probably picture someone whose job it is to make sure a city’s planes, trains, cars, trucks, and subways get where they need to go. But for Janette Sadik-Khan, who oversees New York City’s staggeringly complex transportation system, vehicles are only a part of the whole: She’s working to give the streets back to pedestrians.
On Monday, April 8, Sadik-Khan announced the city’s new bike share program, which will launch in May (after long delays, largely due to damage caused by Hurricane Sandy) and will ultimately feature 600 docking stations and 10,000 shared bikes. “In just the last five years,” she wrote in the commission’s report, “New York City has made huge strides in creating modern, safer streets,” noting that in keeping with Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s PlaNYC sustainability agenda, the city has “established more than 300 miles of bike lanes, 30 plazas and made expansive street safety redesigns to accommodate all street users citywide.” Read more!