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    A couple of weeks ago, Transportation Alternatives organized an e-mail writing campaign to the Mayor's office to urge the Mayor to do something about the cars plaguing Central Park. Issues with car use in the park range from speeding, to pollution, to just an overall dangerous situation of having cars in a park. Today, I got this in my email, since I was one of the folks who sent an e-mail:


    Quote Originally Posted by His Honor Mayor Bloomberg
    December 3, 2004


    Dear Mr. Ferrari:

    Thank you for your recent letter regarding vehicular traffic and the Central Park Loop. On November 21, 2004 the New York City Departments of Transportation and Parks & Recreation announced a series of steps that will reduce motor traffic and allow for increased recreational use of Central Park beginning January 3, 2005.

    The implementation of these changes started on November 29, 2004 with the closure of five exits and entrances to motorists, the reduction of the speed limit on all Park drives from 30 mph to 25 mph, and the beginning of the HOV 2+ Program along the West Drive. The HOV 2+ Program will encourage carpools, and reduce congestion and vehicle volume by requiring drivers to have at least one passenger in the car between the hours of 7 a.m. and 10 a.m.

    Other changes, which include reducing the number of hours the Park is open to vehicles, will be in affect after the end of the Central Park holiday traffic plan. Vehicles will be allowed only on the Park's East and West Drives and only between the hours of 7 a.m. and 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. The entire Park will be closed to motor traffic overnight, from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. and will remain closed during the hours between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. As has been the case, the Park drives will be closed to motor vehicles on all weekends and City holidays.

    For more information please visit the NYC Department of Transportation's website at www.nyc.gov/dot. Thank you again for writing; we value your participation as we work together to make one of our City's greatest assets more accessible for our many residents and visitors.


    Sincerely,
    Michael R. Bloomberg
    Mayor
    Now that is encouraging.
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    Quote Originally Posted by vincenzosi
    Now that is encouraging.
    it's a start for sure. i think on monday morning, i'm supposed to go the park and help monitor the amount of traffic for TA.

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    Yes I got the same email. I don't live in NYC but I sent an email all the same. Definitely uplifting to get such a response.
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    Quote Originally Posted by vincenzosi
    A couple of weeks ago, Transportation Alternatives organized an e-mail writing campaign to the Mayor's office to urge the Mayor to do something about the cars plaguing Central Park. Issues with car use in the park range from speeding, to pollution, to just an overall dangerous situation of having cars in a park. Today, I got this in my email, since I was one of the folks who sent an e-mail:

    Now that is encouraging.
    It's good news and I like to think all of out emails helped. With that in mind, when I got my auto-reply email from his grace the mayor, I went to nyc.gov and sent this to the mayor and police comissioner:

    Dear Mr. Mayor,

    As a devoted cyclist and concerned citizen, I was wondering if you had any figures on what the crackdown on the monthly Critical Mass rides has cost the city to this point. I'm sure it can't be inexpensive to keep multiple helicopters aloft for hours at a time, and the visible numbers of policemen and officials at these events have been pretty incredible. Since I'm sure that many of those men are on overtime, that must get pretty expensive as well. And the orange netting and plastic handcuffs surely must cost the city something, right? So if you or someone in your office could let me know what the police presence at the August, September, October and November Manhattan Critical Mass rides and the October and November Brooklyn Critical Mass rides has cost, I'd be very much obliged.
    This topic is of particular concern to me as a New Yorker during these trying financial times, when the City, as I'm sure you're well aware must do more with less and make sure every dollar spent is spent wisely and to good effect. With that in mind, I'd like to know if, in your opinion, the time and money spent by the NYPD and the City have been worth it, seeing as how the rides continue and seem likely to do so for the forseeable future. What, exactly, is the benefit the city has derived from all of the money spent on this enforcement?

    Best Regards,
    I heart email.

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