City Council members decided Tuesday to withdraw a bill that would have challenged the mayor's partial removal of cars from Central and Prospect Parks. The trial restriction prohibits vehicular traffic except for during morning and evening rush hours and allows cross-town traffic to continue through Central Park. The restriction was launched Monday and will run for six months. Central Park and Prospect Park list the exact street closing times on their respective sites.
Paul Steely White, executive director of Transportation Alternatives, states that the goal "is to have car-free parks." A petition calling for a complete ban on cars in Central Park received 102,000 signatures. Many are hoping this trial run will lead to a more complete and permanent restriction. On the other side of the issue, many residents are concerned about rush hour gridlock stemming from traffic diverted out of the parks.
Gothamist is with the Parks Dept. on this one. We'll reserve judgment until we see how the six-month trial plays out.