Skip to Content
Streetsblog New York City home
Streetsblog New York City home
Log In
Bicycling

New York City’s New Bike Czar

11:35 AM EDT on July 13, 2006

Crain's Insider reports: "Biking advocates are cheering the city Department of Transportation's hiring of Josh Benson as bicycle program director. He steps into a tense situation."

Update: We have a little bit more background on Benson. He served as the DOT Bike Program's Deputy Director in the early 2000's. Word has it, he left DOT to attend grad school. Even less reliable word has it, he got a master's degree in planning at Columbia and spent some time working the New York City Housing Authority before being invited back to DOT to take over as Director. As always, we are trying to confirm this information and have a call in to DOT's press office that is not being returned. If you know any more about Benson or have any educated analysis on what is now happening with DOT's Bike Program, feel free to drop a line to StreetsBlog.

Stay in touch

Sign up for our free newsletter

More from Streetsblog New York City

Cyclist Killed After Being Doored Into Traffic on Unsafe Brooklyn Street in Already Violent Year

Broadway's danger is well known to DOT, which named it a Vision Zero Priority Corridor — yet the agency did nothing.

February 27, 2024

Tuesday’s Headlines: Once and Forever, Congestion Pricing is a Good Thing Edition

Entitled Manhattanites who oppose the central business district toll are the most misguided, it turns out. Plus other news.

February 27, 2024

#StuckAtDOT: City Delays Suggest Safe Cycling Rule Changes are Dead

Department of Transportation has still not implemented city regulations that it said more than three years ago would improve safety — and one activist thinks the rules are dead.

February 27, 2024

MTA Ditches License Plate-Based Congestion Pricing Disability Exemption

Transit official won't grant congestion pricing disability exemptions any car with a disability license plate after all — opting for a case-by-case registration process instead.

February 26, 2024
See all posts