Janette Sadik-Khan

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Janette Sadik-Khan
NYC Wins 2009 Sustainable Transport Award Peñalosa.jpg
Walter B. Hook, Janette Sadik-Khan, Congressman Earl Blumenauer and Enrique Peñalosa
Born (1960-04-28) April 28, 1960 (age 56)
San Francisco, California
Nationality American
Alma mater Occidental College
Columbia Law School
Occupation Civil service
Spouse(s) Mark A. Geistfeld
Parent(s) Orhan Sadik-Khan
Jane McCarthy
Website ‹See Tfm›www.jsadikkhan.com
Janette Sadik-Khan signature.jpg

Janette Sadik-Khan (born April 28, 1961 in San Francisco, California) is a former commissioner of the New York City Department of Transportation (2007-2013)[1] and an advisor on transportation and urban issues. She currently serves as a principal at Bloomberg Associates, a philanthropic consultancy established by former Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg that advises mayors around the world to improve the quality of life for their residents.[2] She is the author of the book "Streetfight: Handbook for an Urban Revolution,"[3] based on her experience as commissioner and her new role as global transportation advisor. She also serves as chairperson for the National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO), a coalition of the transportation departments of 40 large cities nationwide.

Personal, academic and professional background[edit]

Janette Sadik-Khan was born in San Francisco, California, and moved to New York City as a child. She is the daughter of Orhan Sadik-Khan,[4] managing director of UBS Paine Webber, and Jane McCarthy, a former reporter for the New York Post.

She holds a B.A. in Political Science from Occidental College in Los Angeles, California, and a J.D. from Columbia University School of Law. She is married to Mark Geistfeld,[5] a professor at New York University School of Law, with whom she has one child.

She served at the New York City Department of Transportation during the administration of Mayor David Dinkins and became the mayor’s transportation advisor. Sadik-Khan subsequently worked ad deputy administrator at the United States Department of Transportation in Washington, D.C. under President Bill Clinton,[6] and she was a Senior Vice President at Parsons Brinckerhoff,[7] an international transportation engineering firm.

Commissioner of NYC DOT[edit]

Sadik-Khan was appointed transportation commissioner by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg in 2007 and served in that role until 2013. Her tenure was marked by significant changes to New York City streets and public spaces, including the conversion of road space into bike lanes and into pedestrian plazas, notably along Broadway at Times Square and Herald Square.[8] Called a "bicycle visionary" by the New York Times,[9] "equal parts Jane Jacobs and Robert Moses,"[10] by New York magazine, and one of "The Most Innovative and Practical Thinkers of Our Time" by Slate,[11] Sadik-Khan oversaw the building of nearly 400 miles of bike lanes[12] and more than 60 pedestrian plazas[13] in New York City,[14] and she worked with the Metropolitan Transportation Authority to create seven rapid bus routes across the city.[15] She led the creation of Citi Bike, a bike share network of 6,000 bikes—the nation’s largest—which has since been expanded to 12,000 bikes in three boroughs.[16] Over her six and a half years in office, approximately 180 acres[17] of former New York City road space for motor vehicles was converted to use by bicycles and pedestrians, and another 44 acres designated as bus-only lanes.


Sadik-Khan’s time in office was also marked by media controversy over her policies, which included projects implemented quickly and at low cost, and encountered sometimes vocal opposition. The transportation department was sued over the placement of bike lanes and bike share racks, and some projects were criticized in the news media. Despite the controversy, the bike lane, plaza and bike share programs that Sadik-Khan introduced were consistently supported in citywide polls[18][19][20][21][22][23][24] by majorities of New Yorkers, and all lawsuits were ultimately dismissed[25] or have yet to lead to the removal of any lane.

Bloomberg Associates[edit]

Through her work, Janette Sadik-Khan has become an influential voice on transportation policies and spoken at major global events on urbanism, cycling and transportation policy. At Bloomberg Associates, she currently consults city mayors on transportation practices,[26] including in Los Angeles, Mexico City, Rio de Janeiro, Oakland and Athens, and she speaks at international forums.

Honors, awards and associations[edit]

Honorary degrees[edit]


  • 2011 Jane Jacobs Medal for New Ideas and Activism, Rockefeller Foundation[27]
  • 2012 Rachel Carson Award, National Audubon Society[28]
  • 2013 Design Patron Award, Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum[29]
  • 2012 George S. Lewis Award, American Institute of Architects[30]
  • 2012-2013 Lawrence M. Orton Award, American Planning Association[31]
  • 2011/2012 Edmund N. Bacon Memorial Award, Philadelphia Center for Architecture[32]
  • 2012 Smart Solution Spotlight Award, ITS America[33]


Sadik-Khan is actively involved in many organizations, and currently serves as chair of the board of the National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO), and has served on the board of the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy (ITDP) since 2014.


  1. ^ NBCNews.com Video Player, retrieved 2016-09-06 
  2. ^ Barbaro, Michael (2013-12-14). "Bloomberg Focuses on Rest (as in Rest of the World)". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2016-09-06. 
  3. ^ Sadik-Khan, Janette; Solomonow, Seth (2016-03-08). Streetfight: Handbook for an Urban Revolution. Viking. 
  4. ^ "Paid Notice: Deaths SADIK, KHAN, ORHAN,". The New York Times. 2007-08-07. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2016-09-06. 
  5. ^ "Ms. Sadik-Kahn Weds Mark Geistfeld". The New York Times. 1990-07-15. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2016-09-06. 
  6. ^ Grynbaum, Michael M. (2011-03-04). "Janette Sadik-Khan, Lionized and Criticized". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2016-09-06. 
  7. ^ Neuman, William (2007-04-28). "New Transportation Commissioner Is Named". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2016-09-06. 
  8. ^ "NYC DOT - Facts on the Green Light for Midtown project and Broadway north of 47th Street". www.nyc.gov. Retrieved 2016-09-06. 
  9. ^ Bruni, Frank (2011-09-10). "Janette Sadik-Khan, Bicycle Visionary". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2016-09-06. 
  10. ^ "Honk, Honk, Aaah". NYMag.com. Retrieved 2016-09-06. 
  11. ^ Oremus, Will (2011-08-09). "Janette Sadik-Khan, New York City Transportation Commissioner". Slate. ISSN 1091-2339. Retrieved 2016-09-06. 
  12. ^ "NYC DOT - Bicyclists - Past Bicycle Projects". www.nyc.gov. Retrieved 2016-09-06. 
  13. ^ "NYC DOT - NYC Plaza Program Sites". www.nyc.gov. Retrieved 2016-09-06. 
  14. ^ http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2016/03/bike-wars-are-over-and-the-bikes-won.html
  15. ^ "Bus Rapid Transit - Routes". www.nyc.gov. Retrieved 2016-09-06. 
  16. ^ "About Citi Bike: Company, History, Motivate | Citi Bike NYC". Citi Bike NYC. Retrieved 2016-09-06. 
  17. ^ "NYC DOT Press Releases - Mayor Bloomberg, NYC DOT Commissioner Sadik-Khan Release Report on Six Years of Building the Safest Streets in City History, Implementing Innovative Roadway Redesigns That Have Expanded Travel Options, Saved Lives and Enhanced Economic Vitality". www.nyc.gov. Retrieved 2016-09-06. 
  18. ^ University, Quinnipiac. "QU Poll Release Detail". QU Poll. Retrieved 2016-09-06. 
  19. ^ Grynbaum, Michael M. "New Yorkers Support Bicycle Lanes, Poll Finds". Retrieved 2016-09-06. 
  20. ^ University, Quinnipiac. "QU Poll Release Detail". QU Poll. Retrieved 2016-09-06. 
  21. ^ University, Quinnipiac. "QU Poll Release Detail". QU Poll. Retrieved 2016-09-06. 
  22. ^ University, Quinnipiac. "QU Poll Release Detail". QU Poll. Retrieved 2016-09-06. 
  23. ^ Grynbaum, Michael M.; Connelly, Marjorie (2012-08-21). "Most New Yorkers Say Bike Lanes Are a Good Idea". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2016-09-06. 
  24. ^ Barbaro, Michael; Thee-brenan, Megan (2013-08-16). "Poll Shows New Yorkers Are Deeply Conflicted Over Bloomberg's Legacy". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2016-09-06. 
  25. ^ "Judge Rejects Plaza Hotel's Citi Bike Lawsuit | Streetsblog New York City". Retrieved 2016-09-06. 
  26. ^ "Transportation | Bloomberg Associates". www.bloombergassociates.org. Retrieved 2016-09-06. 
  27. ^ "2011 Jane Jacobs Medalists Champion City Life". Archpaper.com. 2011-10-07. Retrieved 2016-09-06. 
  28. ^ "The Rachel Carson Award Honorees". 2016-02-23. Retrieved 2016-09-06. 
  29. ^ "NYC Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan Selected as Design Patron of 2013 National Design AwardsCooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum | Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum". Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum. 2013-09-19. Retrieved 2016-09-06. 
  30. ^ "AIA New York Chapter : Press Releases". aiany.aiany.org. Retrieved 2016-09-06. 
  31. ^ "American Planning Association, NY Chapter, 2012-2013 Annual Report" (PDF). 
  32. ^ "Award Recipients | Center / Architecture + Design". philadelphiacfa.org. Retrieved 2016-09-06. 
  33. ^ "NYC's Midtown in Motion Receives National Transportation Award". www.itsa.org. Retrieved 2016-09-06. 

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Preceded by
Iris Weinshall
New York City Department of Transportation

Succeeded by
Polly Trottenberg