Mayor Bill de Blasio announced today that cars will be banned from roads in Central Park below 72nd Street; his administration had previously enacted a ban on cars on park roads above 72nd Street.
“Our parks are for people, not cars,” De Blasio said in a statement. “For more than a century, cars have turned parts of the world’s most iconic park into a highway. Today we take it back. We are prioritizing the safety and the health of the millions of parents, children and visitors who flock to Central Park.”
The ban will affect traffic on West Drive, Center Drive, and Terrace Drive, all of which allow vehicular traffic on weekday mornings. But it won’t affect the major crosstown thoroughfares at 66th and 72nd streets, which carry both cars and buses from the east to the west sides. (It’s the same above 72nd Street—the crosstown roads at 86th and 96th streets still carry buses and cars.)