Janet Sadik-Khan, the NYC Transportation Commissioner who has become an international hero for taking back some of the city's streets from cars and turning them into public spaces for pedestrians, bicyclists and loungers, was at UCLA last week to talk about her success.

Particularly interesting were the stats she provided on bike usage, an increase in taxi speeds, public safety and public support:
• Bike commuting grew by 8% from 2010 to 2011, more than doubled from 2007 to 2011, and nearly quadrupled in the last decade.
• Taxi speeds increased 7 percent.
• Safety was dramatically improved at Times and Herald Squares with a 63% reduction in injuries to motorists and passengers and a 35% reduction in pedestrian injuries.
• Public support has been overwhelming: 76% of all New Yorkers and 68 percent of all retain managers in Times and Herald Squares said that improvements in these places should be made permanent.

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