By Carol Tannenhauser
Central Park was created in the 1880s to be “a respite from the stresses of urban life,” writes the Central Park Conservancy, the nonprofit organization that maintains it. And, no doubt, it still is. But, since the 2018 ban on cars in the park, combined with increased usage during the pandemic, the park’s four main “Drives” have experienced “unprecedented use at all times of day by pedestrians, cyclists, joggers, increasingly popular electric modes of transportation, caregivers, school groups, bird enthusiasts, and more,” the Conservancy said.
Indeed, sometimes it seems like a circus out there — other times a speedway that has proven to be treacherous.
To address present circumstances, in partnership with the NYC Parks Department and the Department of Transportation, the Conservancy is devising a multi-year plan to “increase safety and mobility for the Park’s 42-million annual visitors.” It is being launched with the distribution to the Central Park community of an anonymous, multiple-choice survey, linked to here.
Why and how often do you use the park? Do you ever feel unsafe? What behaviors on the Drives are your greatest concerns? Would you support east-west bike lanes? What strategies would you support to make the Drives safer?
This is your chance to express your opinions and complaints and be part of the planning process and the solutions. It’s quick and easy. Do it for the Park and your own safety and enjoyment! Again, here’s the link.
You can also join a public meeting (hosted online) to learn more about the project and how you can share your ideas.
Choose one of the two webinars that works best for your schedule:
Tuesday, March 28, 12:00 pm–1:00 pm
Thursday, March 30, 5:00 pm–6:00 pm