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Janette Sadik-Khan’s Greatest Streetfilms Hits!

Now that former NYC DOT Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan has moved on to her next transportation chapter, Streetfilms thought the time was perfect to look back at some of her greatest moments with us.  We've always had a great relationship with Janette and during her six and half year reign and she's been in a few dozen Streetfilms.

Let's begin with the gem above we went deep in the archives to pull up: Sadik-Khan's one-minute speech before the crowd for the 2007 Transportation Alternatives Tour de Brooklyn. It was her first big public appearance for most cyclists, and listening to her visionary words I don't think you you'd find anyone involved in the livable streets back then who thought she would accomplish all she did.  I spliced in just a few of her many Streetfilms appearances over time to tease what was to come.

One of the biggest Streetfilms we had with Janette was a thorough sit down interview with Mark Gorton, our biggest donor and supporter of our work.  Even though she had only been at work for a little over a year, you can see the amount of swift change Sadik-Khan had already accomplished in our Q&A and walking tour.  I knew we'd hit a home run when a week after posting it, there were many fans mobbing her at a Railvolution conference saying they had watched every minute of the Streetfilm.

The video above was compiled after the new Times Square pedestrian spaces were created. My favorite moment is when I got to interview her sitting amongst the lawn chairs on the first day. That's about 3 1/2 minutes in if you don't want to watch it all.

Janette also brought us Summer Streets, one of the coolest thing many New Yorkers have ever experienced.  We got to ride and talk with her a bit at the beginning of our coverage in both 2008 and 2009!

Sadik-Khan also was the head of the National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO).  She infused the organization with new energy and purpose. Under her leadership, NACTO compiled many vital publications that helped prove to the federal government that new innovative designs and road treatments not only were safe, but could work just about anywhere in any city. It was one of the smartest avenues she pursued.

Of course even watching all of our videos featuring her wouldn't do justice to her legacy.  You can always click on her name to find ample videos to watch, but here are some we picked out to get you started that show her work.

The Transformation of Madison Square

Citi Bike Debuts!

Select Bus Service on 1st & 2nd Avenues

Paint a Parking Lot, Put Up a Paradise

Street Transformations: Meat Market Plaza

Street Transformations: Grand Army Plaza

And don't miss our newest retrospective, a wonderful montage of just a little bit of her work.  Streetfilms presents:  NYC Streets Metamorphosis!

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