Spring 2004, p.18

Prospect Park Earth Day Action

On Thursday April 22nd, T.A. celebrated Earth Day and the arrival of spring with a Car-Free Prospect Park rally. The birds were buzzing and the bees singing, but motorists were also racing through the park during the morning rush hour. Demonstrators used T.A.’s radar gun to clock dozens of cars dangerously speeding in the park and held up signs demanding "Park, Not Parkway!" and "More Car-Free Time!"
The institution of Prospect Park’s January to November weekday car-free hours has been a smashing success. Now, more people than ever are using and enjoying the park. Transportation Alternatives’ goal is to extend the car-free hours to the full year and eliminate the November and December weekday “holiday” hours, when motorists are allowed in the park at all times.

T.A. clocked motorists going 68 mph in Prospect Park.

“Transportation Alternatives is absolutely right—speeding cars in the park raise serious safety concerns. The pilot program of weekday car-free hours has been a success and should be expanded year-round.”
Councilmember Bill de Blasio, Park Slope

“It is impossible to enjoy a safe and clean Prospect Park when hundreds of cars a day are whizzing by pedestrians and polluting the air. We must extend the current pilot program year-round to make the park safer for Brooklynites.”
Councilmember David Yassky, Park Slope, Downtown Brooklyn, Greenpoint and Williamsburg

Car-Free Prospect Park Hours
Weekends: 7 pm Friday until 7 am Monday.
All year.
Weekdays: 9 am to 5 pm and 7 pm to 7 am. Mid-January to mid-November.

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