How New York City transformed itself with 400 miles of cycling routes

This article titled “Streetfighting woman: inside the story of how cycling changed New York” was written by Peter Walker, for theguardian.com on Friday 11th March 2016 11.00 UTC

Janette Sadik-Khan, who in alliance with her then-boss, New York mayor Michael Bloomberg, arguably did as much to transform the city’s streetscape as anyone in its recent history, recalls an early moment when she wondered whether people were ready for such rapid change.

It was August 2008 and the city was experimenting with a so-called summer streets programme, where almost seven miles of central streets were closed off to cars for three Saturday mornings in a row. The idea was not new – Bogotá introduced its equivalent, the Cicloviá, in the 1970s – but it was entirely untested in New York.

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