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NYC Commissioner Says L.A. Should Quickly Move on Transportation Pilot Programs

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Last night New York City Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Kahn visited Occidental College to school Los Angeles on how they improved transportation for New Yorkers. One big suggestion? Pilot programs.

It's not that pilot programs are new here in Los Angeles, but they certainly seem to take as long as any regular project. For example, it will be two years from City Council's approval of bicycle sharrows pilot program to the installation of them.

"I think that there is a tremendous political advantage with moving quickly on pilot programs," she told the audience. "Out of 8.4 million New Yorkers it turned out there were 8.4 million traffic engineers. Who knew, you know? Everyone's got an opinion and so you can always find people who can oppose these new ideas--everybody hates change--but when you do it and try it out as an experiment, it's very hard to argue with. So I would encourage the city to experiment with public spaces, experiment with bike lanes."