At last, some good news. After a successful car-free trial run in Prospect Park this summer, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced today he will banish them from the park for good.

Starting January 2nd, the park's east and west loops will be closed to vehicles, giving walkers, runners, rollerbladers and bikers free rein. The park's East Drive is currently open to car traffic during the morning rush hour, but over the summer the cars were temporarily kicked out, to the delight of cyclists, pedestrians and fresh air lovers. When the cars were reinstated, a circulating petition calling for their permanent removal garnered over 1,100 signatures. The West Drive has been closed to car traffic since July 2015.

"Prospect Park is Brooklyn’s backyard. I married Chirlane here. This is where my kids played little league," Mayor de Blasio said at a press conference at Grand Army Plaza today. "And I have always wanted it to be the safe, quiet refuge for Brooklyn’s families that it was intended to be."

The mayor added, "Restoring Prospect Park as a car-free oasis will improve the lives of the millions who use this park today and of generations to come."

The Department of Transportation says pedestrians and cyclists outnumber morning car traffic 1,000 to just 300, and so far data from the park's car-free summer shows no significant impact on traffic or travel times in the streets around the park.

Police and Parks Department vehicles will still be permitted inside the park. Cars are still permitted in select areas of Central Park, south of 72nd Street, on weekdays.