Janette Sadik-Khan Discusses her New Book “Streetfight” at Rizzoli Bookstore
Written by Max Shapiro and Edited by the Flatiron Hot! News Editorial Staff
I apologize for the delay in covering this, but I suppose better late than never.
Two weeks ago, Janette Sadik-Khan hosted a lecture at Rizzoli Bookstore to discuss her new book, Streetfight: Handbook for an Urban Revolution. Sadik-Khan served as NYC’s transportation commissioner under Mayor Bloomberg from 2007-2013, and has played a major hand in urban transformation. She helped bring forth a lot of changes to the streets of New York, such as closing Broadway to cars in Time Square and creating nearly 400 miles worth of bike lanes and over 60 plazas across the city. Sadik-Khan strongly believes that the streets are just as much for the people as they are for the cars, and took notice of how increasingly difficult it was becoming for pedestrians to navigate the streets of NYC. So over the years she took action to push for protected bike paths, improved crosswalk space, and the inclusion of visual cues for cars to reduce speeding. Her work has substantially transformed the streets of New York for the better, and her new book Streetfight explains to to rewrite the underlying “source code” of a street.
To see some clips from the lecture, look to the video below.