Janette Sadik-Khan discusses her work as Transportation Commissioner of New York City, including her efforts to create more pedestrian- and bicycle-friendly streets. In the 21st century, she tells us, we will need to balance our transportation networks better.
As Commissioner of the New York City Department of Transportation, Janette Sadik-Khan is responsible for about 10,000 kilometres of road, 800 bridges, 12,000 intersections, 1.3 million street signs, and 300,000 street lights. She has launched an ambitious project to create world-class streets in New York City as part of Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s city sustainability plan. Initiatives have included creating pedestrian plazas at Times and Herald Squares and significantly increasing the city’s protected bicycle lanes.
Prior to her role as Transportation Commissioner, Ms. Sadik-Khan worked as a senior vice president at the international engineering firm Parsons Brinckerhoff and was the founding president of the communications consulting firm Company 39. She also serves as President of the National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO); as Chair of the Transportation Research Board’s Committee on Transportation Issues in Major U.S. Cities; and on the Board of Directors of Reconnecting America, an organization that focuses on the link between transportation and community development.
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