Car-Free Prospect Park Campaign
"We have agreed not to drive our automobiles into cathedrals, concert halls, art museums, private bedrooms and the other sanctums of our culture; we should treat our parks with the same deference."
With 1,600 miles of roadway, but only 6.9 square miles of parks, Brooklyn has the city's lowest percentage of parkland. Prospect Park's trees, lawns, paths and ponds were intended as a much-needed refuge from the noise and danger of the city's streets. Unfortunately, when cars are allowed on the loop drive, the park becomes a dangerous speedway for the convenience of a handful of motorists, and to the detriment of the health and safety of thousands of daily park users.
The case for a car-free park is simple. A car-free loop drive means less conflict between pedestrians, joggers and bicyclists. It means reduced traffic around the park, and safer traffic patterns at Grand Army Plaza and Park Circle. And it means an end to the dangerous speeding and reckless driving which pose a constant danger to the families who use Prospect Park every day
For more than a decade, T.A.'s campaign for a car-free Prospect Park has led to a dramatic decrease in the number of hours cars are allowed on the loop drive. Vehicle entrances have been closed and the number of cars using the park has steadily declined, while recreational use by families, joggers, bicyclists and the like has soared.
The outlook for a fully car-free Prospect Park is brighter than ever. The campaign enjoys the support of three park-side council members and three former DOT commissioners, in addition to tens of thousands of Brooklyn residents. Our goal is simple: Make Prospect Park the safe, healthy, green, car-free oasis it was intended to be, 24-hours a day, 7 days a week.