‘Bike Mike’ Bloomberg Still Against Idea Of Banning Cars In Central Park

Some Don't Understand Why Environmentally Conscious Mayor Is Against It

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Environmentally minded Mayor Michael Bloomberg is refusing to banish cars from Central Park, even though the plan enjoys wide community support.

To some he’s known as “bike Mike’ for all the bike lanes he’s installed. And to others the “green giant” for his many environment initiatives, but as for Mayor Bloomberg supporting a car-free Central Park?

It’s not happening.

“Until we really can understand the traffic patterns and what effect it will have we’re just not going to go and rush to do it,” Bloomberg said. “You just can’t willy-nilly, say without doing the real scientific research.”

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Community activist Ken Coughlin, who was among those who gave the mayor a petition signed by 100,000 local residents in 2006, said he doesn’t understand the foot dragging.

“I’m, frankly, baffled. This is a mayor who has been advocating for a greener, greater New York. It seems like no initiative would fit in better than making the nation’s most famous urban space, famous urban park space car-free,” Coughlin said.

So CBS 2’s Marcia Kramer asked the mayor straight out.

Kramer: “Some people say it’s hypocritical for a mayor who calls himself ‘bike Mike’ to not ban cars from all of Central Park.”

Bloomberg: “By that argument we should ban cars from coming into the city totally. I don’t think you can do that.”

In the park on Tuesday there were many viewpoints. People were asked to shed some light on why they think the mayor is resisting the idea.

“Which is very strange with what he’s done all over the city with the bike lanes and closing Broadway,” Sutton Place resident Ken Teicher said. “Well, I think he shouldn’t. He should close it.”

“I think it’s a bad idea. I think they should let them go through. It eases traffic on the other streets,” Paramus, N.J. resident Nancy Balducci said.

“I think that the traffic would be much worse. Just for a few hours a day when the traffic is very heavy it would be right to go through,” Midtown resident Paolo Capani added.

“Outside the park. No driving inside the park. More better for everybody,” said Juan Gonzalez of Prospect Park.

This is a fight that has been going on for years and at this point there’s no end in sight in Central Park. Members of the taxi industry want the park drives open, saying that using the park during the profitable morning and evening rush hours speeds the ride and increases their fares.

Please offer your thoughts in the comments section below.

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  1. Frank Rizzo says:

    I support having sidewalks opened for cars. Would help with traffic congestion.

  2. VY says:

    Bloomberg is correct ! During rush hours ONLY let the roads be used by cars and taxis. Midday, Nights, Weekends and Holidays the park roads should be closed to traffic.

  3. Richie says:

    🙂

  4. HUGO says:

    BLOOMBAG IS A JERK!

  5. peter says:

    Total hypocrisy. Where was the “study” before cars were banned from times square? And cars are allowed at Center drive all day long. the cars come zipping up from 6th ave and cross into the park. Why should I have to walk on a sidewalk in a park???!!!

  6. RichieT says:

    He could care less what the citizens of \NYC wants Homelessness in NYC has risen faster since he’s been mayor, then ANY other major city in the country. There’s a bike lane over the 59th st bridge. It was a major battle with the Mayors office to open it up again.
    This window didn’t open till refreshed 4 times. That’s why the other copy is in the wrong place

  7. true NYC says:

    People his friends and Ms Bloomy live on 5th ave, madison ave ,central park west. If they close the park to cars all the traffic will go to their streets
    . One more thing the park is only open a few hours a day to cars. Is a big F@cking park nyc needs the taxis trucks on,on.

  8. DIE BLOOMBERG, DIE!!!!!! says:

    DOES ANYONE SEE THE HYPOCRICY HERE??
    YOU CANT SMOKE A CIGERETTE IN THE PARK BECAUSE THE SECOND HAND SMOKE MIGHT BE BAD. BUT BREATHING IN TONS OF CAR FUMES DOESNT POSE A HEALTH RISK
    TO FRIGGIN FUNNY

    1. RichieT says:

      He could less what the citizens of \NYC wants Homelessness in NYC has risen faster since he’s been mayor, then ANY other major city in the country. There’s a bike lane over the 59th st bridge. It was a major battle with the Mayors office to open it up again.

  9. K. Lipkin says:

    Only if the cars decide to LIGHT UP in the park will the mayor ban them. I know bloomy is RICH beyond belief, I wonder how much it cost him to buy the air we breathe.

  10. Prilosec Mabuse says:

    I think he should ban fat chix from the park.

    1. badman says:

      no, allow them as long as they comply with emissions standards

  11. Ted Ball says:

    the drivers of these cars pay more in taxes to maintain thes roads than do the cyclist and pedestrians, so why should they not be able to use what they pay for. remember share the road goes both ways

  12. Tylenol Jones says:

    So smoking a cigarette in Central Park poses an unacceptable health risk to the public, but a two-ton hunk of metal that spews tons of fossil fuels into the air is just A-OK?

    1. Richie says:

      It doesn’t have a damn thing to do with second hand smoke. When I go into the park, even sitting on a bench, Why should I have to deal with all the cigarette butts, and empty packs that smokers just throw on the ground,. They don’t throw them on the ground or sidewalks wherever they live. Get your facts straight BEFORE you post a stupid comment.

      1. Richie says:

        I ALSO ENJOY THE PARK AT NIGHT WHEN I CAN SERVICE VARIOUS GUYS

  13. MSavage says:

    Well, if lord Bloombag still wants cars in the park, then that’s what will be because he always gets what he wants.

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