Manhattan Central Park to ban cars

New York City, as part of initialising the green protocol, is about to ban cars from entering to their most esteemed Manhattan Central Park. The 843 acre Central Park was established in 1857 and was designed by architect Frederick Law Olmsted and landscape designer Calvert Vaux.

However, vehicles can encircle the nearby pathway of the park within the specific lanes in West Drive, Terrace Drive and Center Drive. The new law is as part of reducing air pollution and traffic accidents, that will come into effect on 27th June.

“This was not the purpose of this park, to be built for automobiles. Literally, it was built before there were automobiles. It was built for people. We are prioritizing the safety and the health of the millions of parents, children and visitors who flock to Central Park,” said Bill De Blasio, Mayor of the New York City.

“Central Park is one of New York City’s most iconic open spaces and is used by millions of New Yorkers and visitors. Making Central Park car-free will ensure that everyone who enjoys the park will enjoy cleaner air and improved safety in support of the City’s sustainability and climate goals,” said Daniel Zarrilli, the city’s Senior Director of Climate Policy and Programs.

According to various tourism statistics, around 42 million local and international visits are recorded at the park annually. Also, the authorities are about to celebrate its 160 years of existence in 2019. The park constitutes a zoo, reservoir, lakes, boating facilities, and convention spaces.