Brooklynites Protest Loss of Car-Free Hours in Prospect Park
Monday, November 8th marked the return of Prospect Park to the 'dark ages', as cars were once again allowed on the loop drive 24 hours a day on weekdays until April. The City's action has no transportation rationale: DOT has provided no justification, and studies have shown that this move will actually encourage more driving and funnel more cars into already clogged Downtown Brooklyn. Brooklynites have a reason to be angry: the cars have returned despite over 10,000 postcards, a Community Board 6 resolution in support of a car-free trial, the support of all four city council members around the park, and a 1998 Borough Hall hearing attended by over 400 car-free park supporters.
Transportation Alternatives' Brooklyn Committee, along with Councilman Steven DiBrienza and staff members from Councilman Ken Fisher's office gathered at the park on the day of the cars' return to decry the status quo decision.