Ground Control for Commissioner Tom

New York City Department of Health Commissioner Thomas Frieden speaking at today’s event in Central Park announcing a major new bicycle safety initiative. Behind him, from left to right, are Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe, Transportation Commissioner Iris Weinshall, and NYPD Chief of Transportation Michael Scagnelli. No Mayor Bloomberg but, hey, three commissioners and a police chief ain’t bad.

Photo by Graham Beck, Transportation Alternatives

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Eyes on the Street: T.A. Rings in Bike Month

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Official Statement on Central Park Car-Free Hours Increase

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Breaking News: Frieden Tapped as DOT Commish

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Please note: This was an April Fool’s Day post… Dr. Thomas Frieden accepting his new job as DOT commissioner this morning in Central Park. In a major restructuring of the Bloomberg Administration, outgoing Transportation Commissioner Iris Weinshall will be replaced by Public Health Commissioner Thomas Frieden. Bloomberg’s surprise announcement came at a rare Sunday morning […]