Friday, December 10, 2010

Gabe Klein's legacy at DDOT

We were saddened by the news that District Department of Transportation Director Gabe Klein was leaving. He's been the primary mover behind most of the bicycle infrastructure that's appeared in the District over the past 2 years. It's been surprising how quickly he's been able to build a network of bike facilities in the city, among his many other innovative transportation improvements.

He's been criticized for what some say are radical changes that deprive motorists of more space, but as Dr. Gridlock noted in today's Post article D.C. transportation after Gabe Klein
I think he'll wind up being remembered as a administrator who pushed the District toward the mainstream of urban transportation policy. There's nothing radical in the bike lanes program, or the streetcar program or the street-parking program, or the pedestrian safety program.

What looked to us here like cutting-edge programs would seem like catch-up to people in other big cities.
It just so happens that Fairfax County is looking for someone to lead their Transportation Department. VDOT currently controls most roads in Fairfax but the county is considering taking over their roads, and what better person to lead the way.

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Excellent idea! Hope there's still time for him to be considered.

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