As of January 2, no part of Prospect Park will ever be a traffic shortcut again, Mayor de Blasio announced this morning. Sustained activism for a car-free Prospect Park had already prompted the city to cut the hours when through traffic is allowed down to weekdays from 7 to 9 a.m., and only on the park's east side. With today's announcement, the entire park will be free of private cars at all times. "The park was not built with cars in mind. They didn't exist. The park was built for people," the mayor said at the Grand Army Plaza entrance. "This is getting back to the original idea of this park, restoring it to its original purpose." The west side of the Prospect Park loop has been off-limits to motor vehicle through traffic since 2015. Over the summer, DOT and the Park Department conducted an eight-week car-free pilot to evaluate the impact on traffic on surrounding streets.
Following unanimous City Council votes earlier this month, Mayor de Blasio signed several bills yesterday with important implications for walking and biking in NYC. Public Advocate Letitia James’ Intro 997-A, now known as Local Law 115, amends the legal definition of pedestrians’ right of way so anyone who steps off the curb during the flashing “Don’t Walk” phase has […]
When DOT presented plans for a protected bike lane on Sixth Avenue, one point of contention was the design of intersections. How many intersections will get split-phase signals, where cyclists and pedestrians crossing the street get a separate signal phase than turning drivers? And how many will get “mixing zones,” where pedestrians and cyclists negotiate the same space as turning […]