3:33 pm Aug. 20, 20127
Public Advocate Bill de Blasio thinks the city's bike lane-loving transportation commissioner is a "radical." Mayor Michael Bloomberg this afternoon countered that she's actually a "superstar."
"This woman is going to be in demand from every major city around the world," said the mayor this afternoon, in Williamsburg, just a short block away from the Kent Avenue bike lane. "She is a superstar. And a radical? Maybe…just because she does things."
The commissioner, Janette Sadik-Khan, has vastly expanded the city's cycling infrastructure, to the delight of transportation advocates, and to the consternation of some other people, including de Blasio, who's running for mayor next year from an increasingly centrist platform and argues that Sadik-Khan is implementing her bike-lane strategy too quickly.
The mayor made his remarks at a press conference hailing the imminent development of a race-car engine design shop on an old Metropolitan Avenue brownfield, between a clothing boutique called Hollander & Lexer Women & Atelier and a shop selling motorcycles and Vespas.
When asked if he was at all concerned that the next mayor would discontinue some of his more innovative transportation policies, Bloomberg didn't really answer the question.
"I hope the next mayor's a better mayor than I am," he said. "And I hope they can attract even better people than we've attracted. I will say that I think the reason the city government works so well and that the city is doing so well, is not because of me, but it's because of the people that we've been able to attract, like Janette Sadik-Khan."
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