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Cars banned from Prospect Park

Cars banned from Prospect Park”

At last, some good news.

After an eight-week-long car-free trial this summer, Prospect Park is making it official: starting January 2, 2018, the park will be permanently car-free. The park's East Drive is now open to vehicle traffic during the morning rush hour, but over the summer the cars were temporarily kicked out, to the delight of cyclists, pedestrians and fresh air lovers.

"As a parent myself, I would always be looking over my shoulder when I was walking along the drive and cars were sharing that drive with my children", de Blasio said. When the cars were reinstated, a circulating petition calling for their permanent removal garnered over 1,100 signatures.

Prospect Park is going car-free.

"The park was built before the automobile existed", de Blasio said, near its entrance at Grand Army Plaza. I married Chirlane here. "And I have always wanted it to be the safe, quiet refuge for Brooklyn's families it was meant to be. Restoring Prospect Park as a car-free oasis will improve the lives of the millions who use the park today and of generations to come". It's worth noting here that when the city permanently closed the park's West Drive to traffic in 2015, DOT studies showed the most affected route saw an increase in travel time of less than a minute.

Department of Transportation Commissioner Polly Trottenberg told reporters the time between now and January 2 will be used to improve signal timing at intersections on the southeastern side of the park to minimize the amount of traffic that will be shifted there.



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