Janette Sadik-Khan

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Janette Sadik-Khan
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Walter B. Hook, Janette Sadik-Khan, Congressman Earl Blumenauer and Enrique Peñalosa
Born San Francisco, California
Nationality American
Alma mater Occidental College
Columbia Law School
Occupation Civil service
Spouse(s) Mark A. Geistfeld
Parents Orhan Sadik-Khan
Jane McCarthy
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Janette Sadik-Khan was the Commissioner of the New York City Department of Transportation from 2007-2013,[1] appointed by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg to replace Iris Weinshall. She is Chair of the Strategic Advisory Board of the National Association of City Transportation Officials.

Accomplishments as NYC DOT Commissioner[edit]

Janette Sadik-Khan famously converted a segment of Broadway into a pedestrian plaza, but this was part of a larger framework of wherein the DOT would paint, measure, then finalize street re-designs. The pedestrian plazas built by the DOT tended to be where streets intersected at non-right angles, as with Broadway, or where the space was under-utilized for parking, as in the early Pearl Street Plaza project. Under her predecessor, the notoriously ineffectual Iris Weinshall, traffic designs were finalized on paper and then built based on the AASHTO Highway Designs that have long been criticized as being tailored for rural and suburban needs. Under Ms. Sadik-Khan, the NYC DOT worked with NACTO on street designs more appropriate for city needs and would do street redesigns with paint and temporary breakaway bollards, then measure changes in capacity and collision frequency and severity before repaving or making other permanent changes. Her DOT also issued the first strategic plan in the agency's history.[2]

Janette Sadik-Khan is also known for her work in implementing the New York City's 1997 Bicycle Master Plan. In her first year as commissioner bike lane and sharrow painting doubled from 29 miles in 2006 to 63 miles 2007. In the following five years an additional 254 miles of bike lanes or sharrows were painted. She also installed the city's first parking-protected bike lanes on 9th Avenue.


Sadik-Khan was born in San Francisco, California, United States[3] and received a B.A. from Occidental College (with a major in Political Science), and a law degree from Columbia Law School.[4]

Previously she worked at the Mayor's Office for Transportation under David Dinkins, the Federal Transit Administration,[5] Parsons Brinckerhoff, as a Senior Vice President[6] and was a board member of the Tri-State Transportation Campaign.[7]

Janette Sadik-Khan is married to Mark A. Geistfeld, a professor of law at New York University.[8] She is the daughter of the late Orhan Sadik-Khan, managing director of UBS Paine Webber.[9][10]


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Preceded by
Iris Weinshall
New York City Department of Transportation

Succeeded by
Polly Trottenberg