A vehicle ban in Central Park will go into effect in June, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Friday.
Most areas of Central Park will go car-free this summer.
About 1,000 people walk, jog, or bike through the park on weekday mornings, and about 300 vehicles use it during the same period, according to the city's transportation department.
The park will become completely car-free 24/7, 365 days a year starting on June 27, the city said in a statement, which is the day after public school classes end and the first day that outdoor pools are open across the city. "This was not the objective of this park to be a place for automobiles", says Mayor de Blasio. Today we take it back.
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More than 42 million visitors a year are drawn to Central Park, which encompasses more than 800 acres in the heart of Manhattan.
The ban de Blasio announced Friday expands a partial prohibition imposed in 2015, when de Blasio barred traffic in the park north of 72nd Street.
However, the transverse roads cutting across the park at 97th, 86th, 79th and 65th Streets will not be affected by these changes. The nonprofit Transportation Alternatives launched its campaign to rid the park of motorists in 1979. Members from the city council previously introduced a legislation to ban cars from the park's loop drives.
According the plan, cars will not be allowed on a handful of roads below 72nd St.in Central Park, where motorists are now allowed to drive alongside pedestrians and cyclists during certain hours of the day.