NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Bicyclists in Central Park are about to see a slow down.
On Tuesday, the city announced plans to lower the speed limit for bike riders in the historic park.READ MORE: New York Weather: CBS2’s 1/26 Wednesday Morning Forecast
As CBS2’s Dave Carlin reported, following injuries and even death, New York City Park Advocates President Geoffrey Croft said it’s time to get a handle on speeding cyclists.
“We’ve had two fatalities in the park and three people with fractured skulls, and that’s bicyclists so it’s definitely necessary,” Croft said.
Currently, the bike speed limit in Central Park is 25 miles per hour.
The push to lower it to 20 miles per house comes about two months after the death of Jill Tarlov, the wife of a CBS executive, Carlin reported.
Police said the cyclist who hit and killed Tarlov was going faster than 25 miles per hour.
“This should be a place people can go and not have to look over their shoulder and worry about not being hit if they’re not paying attention,” said City Councilman Mark Levine, chairman of the council’s parks committee.
Some bicyclists remember when the city experimented with a 15 mile-an-hour limit in the park in the 1990s. But the idea was quickly abandoned.
The latest campaign, called “20 Is Plenty” is a compromise, Carlin reported.
“Believe me, this won’t make everyone happy,” Croft said.
As WCBS 880’s Alex Silverman reported, Croft pointed out the limit is still faster than 15 miles per hour speed official vehicles in the park are limited to.