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NYCC has learned of a pilot program to be launched immediately in Central Park. We believe our source is reliable. The program is as follows:
Between the hours of 6:00 and 8:00 a.m. Monday thru Friday, barring reckless or dangerous riding, the police will not enforce red lights in Central Park.
Cyclists must still yield to pedestrians in or about to enter the crosswalk.
If there are complaints about reckless cyclists during these hours, then the program will end.
In addition, this past week the lights on the Park Drive were synchronized to 25 miles per hour. In theory, those doing fast laps will be able to do a significant portion, if not the entire lap, with green signals.
We know this is not the entire solution. Many of us can only do our training rides in the evening or during mid-day hours. However, it is a significant start for which we are appreciative.
NYCC continues to work toward a more complete resolution to our issues.
We are contacting other cycling groups to alert them to this pilot program.
More than ever, responsible, civil cycling behavior is important.
It’s up to all cyclists to make this work.