NYC’s “Bikepath” Bloomberg becomes Global Ambassador for road safety
Carlton Reid Thursday, August 18th 2016 at 7:19PM BS
Michael R. Bloomberg, the former Mayor of New York, has been appointed the Global Ambassador for preventing noncommunicable diseases by the World Health Organisation. His role also incorporates the prevention of deaths from road crashes. In 2007 Bloomberg appointed Janette Sadik-Khan as his commissioner of transportation and she oversaw an extensive program of bike lane installations, including protected bike lanes on 9th Avenue.
In 2012 Michael Bloomberg said: “Our roads are not here for automobiles. Our roads are here for people to get around.” He also told delegates at an urban planning conference that “[streets] are not for cars… Cyclists and pedestrians and bus riders are as important, if not, I would argue more important, than automobile riders.”
Bloomberg is a billionaire philanthropist (he founded the Bloomberg economic news wire), and was a three-term Mayor of New York.