Janette Sadik-Khan, Commissioner of the New York City Department of Transportation and a contributor to What We See, is a gifted and innovative city planner with the heart of an advocate. She has gained international acclaim for her successful work in promoting cycling, expanding rapid-transit bussing, and making streets safer for pedestrians, cyclists, and motorists than at any other time in the past century.
Beginning with Sustainable Streets, DOT’s first strategic plan published in 2008, Ms. Sadik-Khan has implemented a series of innovative projects: the creation of Broadway Boulevard, new Select Bus Service Routes in the Bronx and Manhattan, the installation of eighteen plazas, the addition of over 250 miles of on-street bike lanes, car-free summer streets, weekend pedestrian walks, and a new Street Design Manual requiring higher quality street designs for New York City.
For her extraordinary efforts at improving traffic flow, fostering sustainable transportation, and increasing New Yorkers’ access to open public spaces, Janette Sadik-Khan was awarded the 2011 Jane Jacobs Medal for New Ideas and Activism by the Rockefeller Foundation. The 2011 Jane Jacobs Medal is awarded to those who build upon the work — and the spirit — of Jane Jacobs to revitalize urban communities for the people who live in them. Ms. Sadik-Khan will be donating her $50,000 award to the New York City DOT’s Safe Streets Fund.