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Balancing Cars and Pedestrians: The Case of New York City

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EVENT CANCELLED: Urban Age with the Ove Arup Foundation Cities and the Environment series

Date:  Monday 26 April 2010 
Time: 6.30-8pm
Venue:  Hong Kong Theatre, Clement House
Speaker: Janette Sadik-Khan
Respondent: Peter Hendy
Chair: Tony Travers

Update: Wednesday 21 April 09.30am, due to the disruption caused by volcanic activity in Iceland this event has been cancelled. This event will be rescheduled,  full details of which will be on this webpage. LSE would like to apologise for any inconvenience caused.

Since the 2007 adoption of PlaNYC, New York City's long range sustainability plan, transportation policy in New York has taken a decisive turn toward a more balanced use of street space. Where a chaotic mix of vehicle traffic once held complete sway, networks of new public spaces, cycle tracks and bus lanes are now unfolding. The city's signature project in this regard is the pedestrianisation of Broadway in Times and Herald Squares. While many elements of the new streetscape can be found elsewhere, New York's greatest innovation is the speed at which the transformation is occurring. The early phases of many new projects take an experimental approach that allows substantial space on the street to be reallocated in weeks or months, rather than the much longer time-frames once held necessary for such changes.

Janette Sadik-Khan, commissioner of the New York City Department of Transportation, has transformed the way New Yorkers think of sustainable transport and realised some dramatic and effective projects and policy changes in a brief period – including the part-pedestrianisation of Times Square.   Peter Hendy is commissioner for Transport for London.

This event had been previously advertised as taking place on 8 March, and 28 April, but has now been rescheduled to this date of Monday 26 April.

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