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Prospect Park's West Drive closes permanently to car traffic starting today

By
Will Gleason
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Starting today, drivers planning on cutting through Prospect Park are going to have to find another route. A week after Central Park banned a majority of car traffic, Prospect Park is banning all cars on its West Drive from Grand Army Plaza to Park Circle, a boon to the park’s bikers, joggers and walkers.

The road on the eastern side of the park will also be completely closed to car traffic, except for a two-hour window from 7am to 9am on weekdays.

“These will be permanent changes, and they will significantly reduce traffic in the park and make it safer, quieter and more enjoyable,” Mayor de Blasio said.

The Department of Transportation has said that there are considering banning cars from Central and Prospect Parks completely but more studies need to be done. In the meantime, weekday afternoon picnics in Prospect Park just got a lot safer.

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