Petitioning Mayor of New York City Bill de Blasio

Do we have to wait for someone to die to keep rush hour traffic out of Prospect and Central Parks?

As the neighborhoods surrounding Prospect Park have become more developed and more heavily populated, use of the park by pedestrians, cyclists, runners and other residents has increased. Although the reduction in car traffic in the park has been a positive development, it is becoming clear that even limited access to the park by passenger vehicles is a disaster waiting to happen.

There is no evidence that re-routing traffic through the surrounding neighborhoods will cause any negative impacts. It is time to completely close Prospect and Central Parks to traffic.

Sooner or later someone is going to get killed. A little kid or a senior citizen is going to get mowed down by someone who thinks they're saving 5 minutes by racing through a park. 

Then we'll stop rush hour traffic and everyone will remember their name.

Mayor de Blasio, stop this unneeded rush hour traffic in the parks now and we will remember your name as the person who saved lives.

These roads are closed for 158 out of 168 hours a week.  Can we just end this confusing and dangerous situation and let our parks be parks and not shortcuts.

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