Mayor de Blasio bans cars from Prospect Park - Brooklyn


Oct. 25, 2017 12:54 pm

Mayor de Blasio bans cars from Prospect Park

Bikers, walkers and enjoyers of clean air and quietness score a nice win.

The Prospect Park Boathouse.

(Photo by Flickr user Eli Mergel, used under a Creative Commons license)

Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Monday that cars will henceforth be banned from Prospect Park, Brooklyn’s 526-acre oasis of plants, water and soil.

The new regulation will take effect Jan. 2, 2018.

The two main roads that run basically a loop around the park currently are East Drive and West Drive. West Drive has been closed to cars since 2015, and East Drive is open to cars only from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. on weekdays, currently.

This summer the city ran a car-free pilot, shutting down West Drive even during rush hour and found that it didn’t meaningfully increase traffic on the surrounding roads.

“While the analysis of the car-free trial is still being finalized, its preliminary results clearly indicate no alternative driving route experienced more than a minimal delay, with most experiencing no change in travel times whatsoever,” according to a post from the Prospect Park Alliance. “Based on that data, officials are now confident a fully car-free park can be implemented without adverse impact.”

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