April: Creating Access to Parks and Green Spaces in NYC
Parks and green spaces support the health and well-being of every New Yorker. They provide opportunities for recreation, reduce pollution, and add vibrancy throughout our city. This April, we are highlighting Kyle Gorman, Assistant Director of Public Space Partnerships and Programs, NYC Department of Transportation for his hard work!
Walking and biking has been a central theme throughout my entire life. When I was growing up my grandparents owned a bike shop that I worked countless hours in. Now I work to promote bike and pedestrian infrastructure all across New York City through Open Streets, plazas, bike boulevards, and more. In school I studied geography and urban planning and most of my career has been spent working for the City’s DOT. In the Pandemic, I launched the Open Streets program providing much need relief to communities and businesses all across the City.
Transportation is something that touches everyone’s day to day life. What makes me most proud is the incredibly impactful work I get to be part of at DOT, which provides support to all New Yorkers in a variety of ways. I additionally get to work on some of the more innovative work that DOT does, as well as in the transportation field generally.
Become an excellent communicator. Since transportation impacts everyone, you need to be able to work with a diverse set of stakeholders on a variety of issues all the time. Also never make perfection the enemy of good!
When I stopped having to use a map!