Despite Bloomberg’s announcement that the city would not run a trial period for a car-free Central Park, Community Boards 7 and 5 are still pushing for the ban. Just last week, Community Board 7 again voiced its support for the controversial Central Park car ban, and insists on implementing a proposed five month trial plan that would prevent cars and other automobiles from using the East and West Drives.
The car ban was proposed by councilwoman Gale Brewer, and received overwhelming support from the surrounding community boards, as well as many NYC residents in general. However, by the end of April, Mayor Michael Bloomberg had announced through a spokesperson that he did not support the bill, and effectively stopped the implementation of a trial plan.
“It [Central Park] was never designed to accommodate automotive traffic,” said board chair Mel Wymor during a Wednesday meeting, in a report by DNAinfo. The City, however, remains firm in its decision.
Due to the increasing support for the car ban, Mayor Bloomberg should reconsider his decision, and perhaps implement a shorter car trial period so that the ban’s effects on traffic could at least be studied better.