Winter 2004, p.17

Park Users Clamoring for Early Morning Car-Free Hours

Park Users Clamoring for Early Morning Car-Free Hours

You may not be out of bed yet, but at 6 am Central Park’s loop drive is alive with runners, walkers and cyclists. Unfortunately, a relatively small number of motorists roaring around the drive at high speeds mar the Park’s early morning charm. Park users say that they need relief from this loud, dangerous traffic. T.A. agrees and has been asking the Parks Department and Central Park Conservancy to increase weekday car-free hours to include early morning hours until 8 am as well as overnight hours since it is very unlikely that the police and Parks Department will close the park entrances in a timely fashion at 5 am.

Currently, Central Park is car-free from 10 am to 3 pm and 7 pm to 10 pm on weekdays between January 1st and Thanksgiving. Based on park user feedback, T.A. is advocating that the City expand car-free hours to 7 pm to 8 am, in anticipation of the park eventually being
fully car-free.

It is easy for the City to expand car-free hours overnight and in the early morning: Traffic is very light but intrusive during these times. Traffic studies have shown that adding these hours would not result in congestion on surrounding streets. Councilmembers Miller, Moskowitz, Reed and Brewer all support adding car-free hours.

Take Action!

Write to the Central Park Conservancy to tell it that you want more overnight and early morning car-free hours.
The Central Park
14 East 60th Street
New York, NY 10022

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