Prospect Park goes car-free for the summer

- So much for cutting through Prospect Park to get to work in the morning if you commute by car. Starting next week and for the rest of the summer, the park is going completely car-free.

East Drive was only open to cars through the weekday morning rush anyway (7-9 a.m.). That is also when you'll see a lot of runners and walkers. That is why the west side of the park closed to traffic permanently in 2015.

The DOT said it won't make much of a difference for drivers who have to go around the park. Fewer than 300 cars an hour come through during the summertime. But almost 1,000 pedestrians and bikers come through per hour.

The question now is if things go as well as they did on the west side, what is the prospect of Prospect Park becoming a car-free zone permanently?

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