Janette Sadik-Khan

Janette Sadik-Khan (born April 28, 1961 in San Francisco , California) is a former commissioner of the New York City Department of Transportation (2007-2013) [1] and an advisor on transportation and urban issues. She Currently Serves as a principal at Bloomberg Associates, a philanthropic advisory Agent at former Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg dat advises Mayors around the world to verbeteren the quality of life for residents hun. [2] She is the author of the book “Streetfight: Handbook for an Urban Revolution,” [3] based on re experience as commissioner and re new role as a global transportation advisor. She’ll be Serves as chairperson for the National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO), a coalition of the transportation departments of 40 large cities nationwide.

Personal, academic and professional background

Janette Sadik-Khan was born in San Francisco, California , and moved to New York City as a child. She is the daughter of Orhan Sadik-Khan, [4] managing director of UBS Paine Webber , and Jane McCarthy, a former reporter for the New York Post.

She holds a BA in Political Science from Occidental College in Los Angeles, California, and a JD from Columbia University School of Law . She is married to Mark Geistfeld, [5] a professor at New York University School of Law , with Whom she has one child.

She served at the New York City Department of Transportation prolongation the administration of Mayor David Dinkins and became the mayor’s transportation advisor. Sadik-Khan subsequently worked as Deputy Administrator at the United States Department of Transportation in Washington, DC under President Bill Clinton, [6] and she was a senior vice president at Parsons Brinckerhoff , [7] an international transportation engineering firm.

Commissioner of NYC DOT

Sadik-Khan was appointed transportation commissioner for New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg in 2007 and served in dat role Until 2013. Her tenure was Marked by significant changes to New York City streets and public spaces, zoals the conversion of road space JSON bike lanes and JSON pedestrian plazas, notably Along Broadway at Times Square and Herald Square. [8] Called a “bicycle visionary” by the New York Times, [9] “equal parts Jane Jacobs and Robert Moses,” [10] in New York magazine, and one of “The Most Innovative and Practical Thinkers of Our Time” at Slate, [11] Sadik-Khan oversaw the building of nearly the 400 miles of bike lanes [12] and morethan 60 pedestrian plazas [13] New York City, [14] and she worked with the Metropolitan Transportation Authority to create seven rapid bus routes across the city. [15] She led the creation or Citi Bike , a bike share network or 6,000 bikes-the nation’s Toilets-welke has since expanded bone to 12,000 bikes in three boroughs. [16] On re six and a half years in office, ongeveer 180 acres [17] or former New York City road space for motor vehicles was Converted to use with bicycles and Pedestrians, and Another 44 acres Designated as bus-only lanes.


Sadik-Khan’s time in office was ook Marked by media controversy about re policies, welke included projects Implementation roused and at low cost, and Encountered sometimes vocal Opposition. The transportation department was Sued over the placement of bike lanes and bike racks share, and some projects in later criticized in the news media. On Despite the controversy, the bike lane, plaza and bike share programs therein Sadik-Khan introduced ulcers consistently supported in citywide polls [18] [19] [20] [21] [22] [23] [24] with majorities of New Yorkers , and all lawsuits ulcers ultimately dismissed [25] or port yet to lead to the removal or ANY lanes.

Bloomberg Associates

Through re work, Janette Sadik-Khan has Become an Influential voice on transportation policies and spoken at major global events on urbanism, cycling and transportation policy. At Bloomberg Associates, she consults Currently City Mayors on transportation practices, [26] zoals in Los Angeles, Mexico City, Rio de Janeiro, Oakland and Athens, and she speaks at international forums.

Honours, awards and associations

Honorary degrees

  • New School for Social Research
  • Pratt Institute
  • Occidental College


  • 2011 Jane Jacobs Medal for New Ideas and Activism, Rockefeller Foundation [27]
  • 2012 Rachel Carson Award, National Audubon Society [28]
  • 2013 Design Patron Award, Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum [29]
  • 2012 George S. Lewis Award, American Institute of Architects [30]
  • 2012-2013 Lawrence M. Orton Award, American Planning Association [31]
  • 2011/2012 Edmund N. Bacon Memorial Award, Philadelphia Center for Architecture [32]
  • 2012 Smart Solution Spotlight Award, ITS America [33]


Sadik-Khan is actively involved in many organizations, and Currently Serves as chair of the board of the National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO), and has served on the board of the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy (ITDP) since 2014.


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