A New Day at DOT

janette.jpgToday is Janette Sadik-Khan’s first official day on the job as New York City’s new Department of Transportation commissioner. Word has it she recently purchased a new bicycle and will be using it every so often to commute between her home in the West Village and her new office on Worth Street.

As Mayor Bloomberg said at Sadik-Khan’s introductory press conference on April 27:

She is a true transportation professional. Over the past 15 years she’s built an incredible record of achievement at all levels of government. She’s run operations, she’s developed policies, and she has been an entrepreneur. She is going to need to draw on all of those skills as we strive to maintain our vast transportation network, improve safety and expand transportation options in an environmentally-friendly way.

She truly understands the role our streets and sidewalks play within our neighborhoods. She understands that they are not only a means to get somewhere else, they are a part of the fabric of life in all five boroughs.

I heard that [Sadik-Khan’s 10-year-old son] gave his mother a mandate before she agreed to take the job. The mandate was: ‘Reduce the trucks and increase the bikes.’ Sounds like a Deputy Commissioner in the making.

  • listen to the children! they want to ride their bikes!!

  • MD

    There goes my fantasy of her announcing car-free Prospect and Central Parks as her first official action.

  • Dan Icolari

    How about car-free parks, period?

  • gecko

    Wonder if it means anything that they are incrementally paving the Central Park roadway during from Monday to Friday?

  • Steve

    I recall seeing a DOT notification issued in the final days of the Weinshall administration that the CP Loop would be opened to cars 7-7 for holiday traffic “mitigation” Tranksgiving ’07 through jan. ’08, though I can’t find it now. Let’s see if this is rescinded, or if the car-free summer is reinstituted.

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