Could a car-free Central Park Loop be in New York City’s future? Manhattan City Council members Helen Rosenthal and Mark Levine recently introduced a bill that would test the idea by closing the road to vehicle traffic for a period of three months. The results of the study would then be used to evaluate the effects of a car-free zone in the city’s beloved park.
According to a press release from Rosenthal’s office, “The study would examine motor vehicle traffic volume on nearby roads, pedestrian traffic flow, environmental impact, and other criteria deemed relevant by the Parks Commissioner. The study would have no effect on the park’s transverse roads.”
The bill proposes a closure of the Central Park Loop from June 24, 2015 to September 25, 2015. Additionally, the measure would require a city report on the impacts of the closure to be released no later than December 31, 2015. According to the bill, police, fire and emergency vehicles would still have access to the road and the Parks Department would be able to grant further waivers based on necessity.
There have been various attempts at limiting traffic around the park in the past, but this is the first time a bill has sought to ban vehicles on the loop completely.
Via Capital New York