NY Times, March 4, 2011 — Excellent article on NYC Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Kahn, titled For City’s Transportation Chief, Kudos and Criticism.
DEVOTEES refer to her as “J. S. K.” and lionize her as the brave and forward-thinking city planner who ushered in a golden age for bicyclists, pedestrians and environmentalists. Two-wheeled ridership has doubled during her tenure; European-style rapid-transit buses now ply exclusive, camera-enforced lanes; and fewer people have been killed in traffic accidents on New York’s streets than at any time in the past century, according to city records.
“When I become mayor, you know what I’m going to spend my first year doing?” Mr. [Anthony D.] Weiner [Queens Democrat] said to Mr. Bloomberg, as tablemates listened. “I’m going to have a bunch of ribbon-cuttings tearing out your [expletive] bike lanes.”
Another high-ranking official, fearful that being named could get him fired, recalled a heated conversation that culminated in Ms. Sadik-Khan’s announcing that she planned to remake New York City’s streets, “and people are going to have to get used to it.”
Now THAT is getting things done. Let’s hope Governor Jack’s new appointee for DelDOT Secretary shares at least some of these qualities, shall we?