A Transcontinental Transpo Message: Don’t Be Afraid to Experiment

NYCDOT commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan is in Los Angeles this weekend for the StreetSummit, a gathering of Southern California bike and pedestrian advocates. In a lead-in to the conference, Sadik-Khan spoke at her alma mater, Occidental College, and Clarence Eckerson and Streetsblog LA’s Damien Newton were there.

Speaking to a packed house of advocates, planners, and students, Sadik-Khan described how New York’s streets are becoming safer and more sustainable. Damien reports that the changes happening here are raising expectations on the other side of the country:

The
real message of the evening was that Angelenos, especially our
government leaders and transportation bureaucrats, shouldn’t be scared of trying something new. After all, the transportation planning
for Los Angeles up to now clearly hasn’t worked…

As Sadik-Khan talked about how easy it is to make
some of these changes, some in the room got a little queasy. It’s easy
to paint bus-only lanes? Sorry, that takes decades of studies and
environmental reviews. NYCDOT has a goal of fifty miles of new bike
lanes ever year? Well, here in L.A. we can bring a Sharrows pilot
program on a couple of streets to fruition a mere three years after the city starts studying it.

For more on Sadik-Khan’s appearance in Los Angeles, check out Damien’s write-up at Streetsblog LA.

ALSO ON STREETSBLOG

Sadik-Khan is Next at DOT

|
Employees at the engineering consulting firm Parsons Brinckerhoff were recently informed that senior vice president Janette Sadik-Khan will be leaving because she has been selected by Mayor Michael Bloomberg as New York City’s next Department of Transportation commissioner. She is reportedly due to start work on May 14. Today’s Crain’s Insider reports: Insiders say Janette […]

Janette Sadik-Khan, “Guerilla Bureaucrat”

|
Sadik-Khan and Jay-Z at a Summer Streets press conference. Photo: AP. In an American Prospect profile of NYC’s DOT commish, Dana Goldstein examines how Janette Sadik-Khan has worked toward transportation reforms without the benefit of legislative support. The piece pretty much nails the political context of the city’s recent setbacks and advances, providing a window […]

Streetfilms: A Conversation With Janette Sadik-Khan

|
In this exclusive Streetfilms interview, The Open Planning Project’s Executive Director Mark Gorton talks with Department of Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan about how her agency is redefining public space in New York City. As the two take a walking tour of recently revamped streetscapes designed to encourage car-free movement and foster social activity — including […]

It’s Official: Sadik-Khan in at DOT

|
After weeks of speculation, City Hall has announced that Janette Sadik-Khan, a senior vice president at Parsons Brinckerhoff, will be the new commissioner of the NYC DOT. This from a press release issued this afternoon by the mayor’s office: "Janette Sadik-Khan has a superb mix of public and private sector transportation management experience and she […]

Advocates Deliver 1,700 Thank Yous to Sadik-Khan and Bloomberg

|
One of the first things you learn in journalism is the adage “If it bleeds, it leads.” Conflict sells copy, and bike lane lawsuits and political gossip about the transportation commissioner are like raw red meat for reporters. Innovations that work well and get results? Not so much. Hence the press we’ve been seeing lately […]