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Wednesday, October 2, 2013

A Nutty Idea for a Crazy Town: Bike Share Blossoms in NYC | Wall Street Journal


Janette Sadik-Khan, New York City's transportation commissioner. Agaton Strom for The Wall Street Journal
New York
The bike helmet on her head said "Nutcase," and though this was merely the name of the Oregon company that made it, there was something wry and self-aware about Janette Sadik-Khan choosing to wear one on the streets of New York. You had to be a little unhinged and adventurous to have the big vision that Sadik-Khan, New York City's transportation commissioner, brought to this unruly madhouse of a city. You didn't need to be a nutcase. But it helped to be a little nutcase-ish.
Because here we were, on a perfect Manhattan morning not long ago, sitting in an intersection on the West Side near 14th Street, where just a few years ago, we would have been promptly run over by a truck. Instead we were drinking iced coffees. And around us, other people were drinking iced coffees, prepared at a coffee stand that, like us, sat in an intersection where just a few years ago, it would have been promptly run over by a truck.

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