NYC's Transportation Commissioner on Streets for People
NYC Gets Serious About Liveable StreetsImagine reclaiming New York’s streets for people. It’s not as crazy as it sounds. The folks at StreetFilms have already covered the free bikes at Governors Island, new physically separated bike lanes in the Big Apple, and they’ve paid tribute to one of the city’s cycling heroes. And let’s not forget this year's successful Summer Streets event, inspired by Bogota’s Ciclovia. It really seems like changes are afoot in New York City, and a huge amount of credit deserves to go to Janette Sadik-Khan, the city’s current Commissioner of the Department of Transportation. StreetFilms decided to sit down and find out what she’s been up to.The video above shows a conversation between The Open Planning Project's Executive Director, Mark Gorton, and the Commissioner, and covers everything from physically separated bike lanes to reclaiming public space for people, through freeing up bus lanes for faster mass transit, and even the psychology of the street – how cues from the environment can help create cultural shift in the city’s drivers. Inspiring stuff, and great to see such a great city looking beyond the idea of streets as thoroughfares.
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