Manhattan Borough President Wants Permanent, Park-Wide Closure

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — For the next couple of months, much of the East and West drives in Central Park will be closed to automotive traffic.

Effective Monday, the drives are closed to car traffic north of 72nd Street.

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“I am pleased that Mayor Bloomberg has approved plans to close most of Central Park’s main thoroughfares to automobiles through the summer — a proposal I called for more than six years ago, along with other elected officials, transportation advocates and countless New Yorkers who want to enjoy the park’s beauty in a safe, serene and pollution-free setting,” Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer said in a news release. “Central Park was never designed to accommodate car traffic and this ban is a victory for walkers, joggers, cyclists and those who simply sit and enjoy the view.”

Stringer added that he hopes the ban on automotive traffic will become permanent, and will be extended south of 72nd Street to include the whole park.

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While public vehicles will not be on the upper loop section of the drives, the right-hand lane is still for service vehicles. Park users are asked to observe the marked lane designations, and remember that the right lane still is not for bicycles, skaters or pedestrians.

The drives will reopen to car traffic after Labor Day.

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