Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti picked a San Francisco official known for her focus on innovation, bicycle use and traffic safety to run the city’s Department of Transportation on Friday.
Assigned to the “Livable Streets” office of San Francisco’s transportation agency, Seleta Reynolds played a major role in carrying out that city’s Vision Zero project, which is seeking to cut traffic fatalities to zero by 2024. She also helped launch a program that has introduced 35 bike rental stations in different parts of the city, with another 15 expected by the end of the year.
Garcetti’s pick shows “without a doubt” that the mayor is trying to reduce the emphasis on cars at the city’s transportation agency and give more attention to bicyclists and pedestrians, said Eric Bruins, planning and policy director for the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition. Reynolds is known nationally for her work in making cities more pedestrian- and bike-friendly, he said.(Continue reading at LA Times)