ECF Velo-city Janette Sadik-KhanJanette Sadik-Khan with ECF Board Member Daniel Mourek in Prague.
“A big part of engineering a greener, greater New York City is improving our streets so they encourage people to walk and bicycle more,” said NYC's Transportation Commissioner, Janette Sadik-Khan, in an interview with European Cyclists' Federation board member Daniel Mourek.
Over the past several years New York City has dramatically changed its approach to designing public space. By installing bicycle lanes, public squares and limiting personal motor vehicle traffic in some areas, the city is rapidly becoming more inviting, and safer, for people traveling around by foot and bicycle.
At the helm of this transformation is Sadik-Khan who has been ushering in dramatic change at a pace rarely seen in North America. In addition to changing streets, NYC's Department of Transportation has also focused time and effort on education and outreach initiatives allowing residents to actively participate in the process.
"Transforming the way people think about and use streets does not need to take years of construction or a big budget." said Sadik-Khan, "Cities can create the positive changes they want to see with the tools and resources already on hand, and with willing partners, so it is important to explore various public-private partnerships."
Read the full interview at ecf.com/news/janette-sadik-khan-north-americas-bicycle-super-star-velo-city-talk/
ABOUT VELO-CITY GLOBAL 2012
Velo-city Global is the world's premier international cycling planning conference. The four-day event offers delegates from around the world a chance to share best practices for creating and sustaining cycling-friendly cities where bicycles are valued as part of daily transport and recreation.
The Velo-city Global conference unites politicians, engineers, planners, architects, social marketers, academics, researchers, environmentalists, advocates, educators and industry representatives. Delegates join forces and foster international collaborations. The event also draws experts from related areas, such as health, economics and the environment.
Velo-city Global 2012 is expected to host over 1,000 delegates from around the world. The conference will be held June 26-29 at the Sheraton Vancouver Wall Center Hotel, accessible by the new Hornby Street separated bike lanes.
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