New York City’s transportation commissioner from 2007 to 2013 is so popular in Vancouver that her March 22 speaking event sold out several days ahead, but the organizers have arranged for a live webcast. We encourage people to watch this.
Streetfight: Janette Sadik-Khan on the Transformation of Cities
Venue: Vancouver Playhouse, 600 Hamilton Street, Vancouver BC
Date: Tuesday, March 22, 2016, 7–9 pm
Organizer’s page: SFU Continuing Studies, City Program
An interesting aspect is her thinking about transportation. Vancouver’s mayor and development industry is pushing HARD for a subway line along Broadway. But in a CityLab interview by Richard Florida here is what she had to say:
Interviewer: Buses are not exactly a sexy topic, but you devote an entire chapter to why buses matter to successful, productive cities. Describe the role of buses in urban planning.
Janette Sadik-Khan: I’m bringing sexy buses back! A lot of people think that transformative transportation has to be large-scale and expensive in order to be taken seriously. We should still invest in rail and subways, but buses can alter the balance of transportation power in a matter of months, not in the years of study and construction required by rail. We launched one rapid bus route a year for seven years in New York across all five boroughs and in a fraction of the time and cost it takes to build a single subway station. Around the world, 33 million people take bus rapid transit in 200 cities on every continent. We have seen the future of urban mass transit, and it’s a bus.
Her comments here will be of interest for people who want quickly implementable and relatively cheap surface transit solutions for Vancouver (like trolley rapid transit) instead of more mega-billion-dollar subways. More about the author/speaker and how SFU introduces her below.
SFU’s EVENT INTRODUCTION
During the time Janette Sadik-Khan was Transportation Commissioner of New York City, the results were transformative—from Times Square to every borough of the Big Apple and beyond. Even in Vancouver, her strategy of ‘just trying things out’ encouraged our recent experiments with public spaces and bike-lanes. Her North America-wide influence has led to new people-focused street design standards, to new opportunities for public spaces, and to new ways of moving through our cities.
Join us for a special lecture by Sadik-Khan, here to promote her new book “Streetfight: Handbook for an Urban Revolution“. The lecture will be followed by a spirited chat between Sadik-Khan and SFU City Program Director Gordon Price.
SFU’s About the speaker
Janette Sadik-Khan is one of the world’s foremost authorities on transportation and urban transformation. She served as New York City’s transportation commissioner from 2007 to 2013 under Mayor Michael Bloomberg, overseeing historic changes to the city’s streets—closing Broadway to cars in Times Square, building nearly 400 miles of bike lanes and creating more than 60 plazas citywide. A founding principal with Bloomberg Associates, she works with mayors around the world to reimagine and redesign their cities. She chairs the National Association of Transportation Officials, implementing new, people-focused street design standards, which have been adopted in 40 cities across the continent.
RELATED MEDIA COVERAGE
Streetfighting woman: inside the story of how cycling changed New York, The Guardian. by Peter Walker, March 11, 2016.
How One NYC Traffic Commissioner Cut Through Bureaucracy
In ‘Streetfight,’ the former New York City transportation commissioner offers tips for thwarting bureaucracy, cutting through red tape and getting things done in a big organization, by Liz Rappaport, Wall Street Journal, March 1, 2016
The Bike Wars Are Over, and the Bikes Won, by Janette Sadik-Khan, March 11, 2016, New York Daily Intelligencer.