Fall 2002, p.17

Masses Flock to Support Car-Free Central Park

In Manhattan, T.A.'s car-free Central Park Committee is also reaching unprecedented milestones. On October 6, volunteers collected 1,360 signatures at the largest New York City anti-war protest since Vietnam, breaking the committee's previous one-day signature collecting record by more than 500. The Committee has now collected more than 43,000 signatures in support of a car-free Central Park, which brings it nearly halfway to its ambitious goal of 100,000.

Joining the roster of individuals and groups supporting a car-free Central Park are both the prestigious American Lung Association and the long-time park users at the New York Cycle Club. Also, the committee has won support for a three month car-free trial in Central Park from Council Speaker Gifford Miller and Councilmembers Brewer, Moskowitz and Reed.

The message to T.A. members is clear: Our voices, our letters and our volunteer labor is making a difference. The car-free park issue is working its way up the civic agenda to unprecedented levels.

"There are many public needs in a park. We serve one, and to us, it is sacred. The park is a retreat from the tumult of the city, not an extension of commercial activity."
-Jack Linn, Assistant Commissioner of the Department of Parks and Recreation, referring to vendors selling curios on the sidewalks surrounding Central Park, as quoted in the 9/4/02 NY Times.

84% of the motor vehicles driving through Central Park are cabs and limos engaged in commercial activity.


New Yorkers Want Car-Free Parks

A powerful coalition of elected officials, large and small civic groups and tens of thousands of everyday New Yorkers want to make Central and Prospect Park Car-Free.

Prospect Park
Give us a car-free Prospect Park!
Lucius Riccio, former NYC DOT Commissioner
"Gridlock" Sam Schwartz, former NYC DOT First Deputy Commissioner
Elliot "Lee" Sander, former NYC DOT Commissioner

American Lung Association
Audubon Society/New York City Chapter
Environmental Defense
Green Guerillas
Municipal Arts Society
Natural Resources Defense Council
New York City Environmental Justice Alliance
New York League of Conservation Voters
New York Public Interest Research Group
Regional Plan Association
Sierra Club/New York City Chapter
Straphangers Campaign
Tri-State Transportation Campaign

Give us a three-month trial car-free period for Prospect Park!
Councilmember Yvette Clarke
Councilmember James Davis
Councilmember Bill De Blasio
Councilmember David Yassky
State Senator Velmanette Montgomery
Assemblymember James Brennan
Assemblymember Rhoda Jacobs

Central Park
Give us a car-free Central Park!
American Lung Association
Audubon Society/New York City Chapter
Central Park Track Club
City Club of New York
Environmental Defense
Green Guerillas
Moving Comfort Running Club
Municipal Arts Society
Natural Resources Defense Council
New York City Environmental Justice Alliance
New York Cycle Club
New York Flyers Running Club
New York League of Conservation Voters
New York Public Interest Research Group
Regional Plan Association
Sierra Club/New York City Chapter
Straphangers Campaign
Tri-State Transportation Campaign
West Harlem Environmental Action

Give us a three-month trial car-free period for Central Park!
Gifford Miller, Speaker, New York City Council
and Upper East Side Council Member*
Eva Moskowitz, City Council Member, Upper East Side
Gale Brewer, City Council Member, Upper West Side
Betsy Gotbaum, Public Advocate
*Strongly supports completely car-free park.

Missing in Action
Central Park Conservancy
New York Road Runners Club
New Yorkers for Parks

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