This Woman Built 400 Miles of Bike Lanes in New York City
December 31, 2015
We talk to Janette Sadik-Khan about how she revamped the NYC Department of Transportation, and what she envisions for bike-friendly cities in the future
From 2007 to 2013, Janette Sadik-Khan oversaw a dramatic transformation of New York City’s Department of Transportation organized with bikes in mind. She turned part of Times Square into a pedestrian oasis (one of 60 similar street plazas throughout the city); installed more than 35 miles of protected bike lanes (accounting for over a third of the protected lane miles installed nationwide between 2008 and 2013); and oversaw the introduction of the wildly successful CitiBike bikesharing program (43 million miles pedaled and counting), in the process becoming an internationally recognized transportation expert.