NYC Central Park Cyclist Petition
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NYC Central Park Cyclist Petition

    1. Petition by

      NYC Central Park Cyclist Petition

      New York, NY

A response to the recent zero-tolerance crackdown on cyclists' use of Central Park Roadways;

A request that the City of New York implement policies that reasonably allow cyclists the same uninterrupted use of Central Park's car-free hours that other Park users already enjoy;

A demand that the City of New York recognize that its cyclists are a responsible group that value safety and deserve respect.

New York City has announced a crackdown on cyclists’ use of Central Park. Tickets are being issued for “running” red lights, regardless of the time or whether pedestrians or cars are present.  For decades, thousands of cyclists have chosen to ride in Central Park when it is closed to cars and when pedestrian traffic is minimal for their commute, recreation, or fitness. All Park users – cyclists, runners, dog walkers, skaters, & pedestrians – have traditionally proceeded through traffic signals with general safety, and all have been able to share uninterrupted use of the roads regardless of the time of day.  Recently, the City has declared STRICT ENFORCEMENT against ANY traffic violation by a cyclist, regardless of the circumstances. The City has not announced that policy with respect to drivers and pedestrians whose violations endanger cyclists on the City’s streets.  


We Do Not Ask For Permission To Break The Law;  We Want Reasonable Exceptions On Par With Those Given to Others In Their Use Of The Park. Dog Walkers are given an “off leash” exception from 9PM – 9AM. Runners are not ticketed for jaywalking through intersections.  

Sign the petition if you support our solution, or if you simply want to get the discussion rolling.


Update: Please watch this video for an excellent illustration of our situation (via Gothamist):

Recent signatures


    1. NYC Central Park Cyclist Petition
      Petition Organizer

      A writer from the NY Post has written an article on the subject. It seems to imply that cyclists who oppose the "Crackdown" are just rich boys who don't want to follow the law. There's no mention of our constant efforts to find a legal and fair solution to the issue!

      If you disagree, his email address is at the bottom of the story.

    2. NYC Central Park Cyclist Petition
      Petition Organizer

      Over 1500 Signatures!
      If you're in NYC, you can come voice your support at the Central Park Community Board meeting tonight (Monday, March 14) at 7PM.

    3. Reached 1 signatures
    4. NYC Central Park Cyclist Petition
      Petition Organizer

      1300+ Signatures! Thanks for the support, everyone. Please promote this petition around your social networks, and keep the message going!

    5. Reached 1 signatures
    6. Central Park Cyclists Gear Up to Protest NYPD Crackdown

      Jess Leber
      Petition Organizer

      There are 46 traffic lights on the 6-mile loop road around what may be the nation's most famous urban getaway: New York City's Central Park.
      If you were one of some 35 million visitors to Central Park last year, you may noticed those traffic lights...

    7. Reached 750 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Maeda Ruriko ICHIHARASHI, JAPAN
      • about 3 years ago

      Please keep harmony with nature,animals and human rights.Please respect enviroment.Please commit human's crim anoymore.

    • Maeda Hiroko CHIBA, JAPAN
      • about 3 years ago

      Please keep harmony with nature,animals and human right.This earth belong to not only human but also animals and plants,other living things.Humans should not commit crime anymore.

    • Maeda Kimiko CHIBA, JAPAN
      • about 3 years ago

      Humans are selfish and irresponsible.We should keep company with enviroment,animals and humas right.We should respect other nature.Please don't commit human's crime anymore.I am against animal and nature's abusing.

    • Warren Kimmel ASTORIA, NY
      • over 3 years ago

      There are clearly significant numbers of cyclists who violate laws and rules of the road. However, unequal attention has historically been given to drivers who speed, and runners and pedestrians who take up the entire width of what is a CLEARLY MARKED bike lane in Central Park, thus creating incredibly unsafe conditions for cyclists.

      There's room enough in this wonderful city for courtesy (and awareness of one's environment) from all parties. Let's not just single out the cyclists, please.

    • Maneesh Pangasa YUMA, AZ
      • over 3 years ago

      We respectfully demand that the City of New York enact a reasonable exception to the traffic rules of Central Park, similar to the “off leash hours” exception afforded to dog walkers, to allow cyclists to legally ride through Central Park’s traffic signals at times when they can do so with complete safety.

      Specifically, we demand that a policy be implemented whereby Central Park traffic signals shall flash yellow at all times and places where its roads are closed to motor vehicle traffic, unless a crosswalk button is pushed by a pedestrian. If a crosswalk button is pushed, the signal will turn solid yellow, then red, and then return to flashing yellow. A standard interval would be in place to ensure that the signal flashes yellow for a minium amount of time in between button presses. When traffic signals are flashing yellow, cyclists are permitted to ride through with caution.

      We are grateful for the efforts the City has undertaken to make New York City more friendly to cycling, but we believe that the current enforcement initiative in Central Park is unnecessary. Innumerable cyclists have used the Park without strict enforcement of traffic signals for decades with general safety.

      We, the undersigned, believe that this is a fair and reasonable compromise that will balance the interests of all the Park’s users, reward safe cycling, and increase overall safety by making traffic signals more useful. We invite further dialogue on this matter; please contact at any time to schedule a meeting.


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