Parks Commissioner: ‘No One Ever Asked Me About Safe Cycling in Central Park’

This is the reality for many cyclists trying to go crosstown through Central Park. File photo: Clarence Eckerson Jr.

Well if you don't know, Commissioner, now you know.

City Parks Commissioner Mitchell Silver told Streetsblog on Wednesday that he had never been asked about creating safe routes for cyclists across Central Park — an astounding answer given that advocates have been working on the very topic for more than a decade, and renewed the effort in 2020 after a beloved pediatrician was killed while riding a Citi Bike on a Central Park transverse configured only for cars and buses.

"This is the first I have been asked that question," Silver said. In reality, it was not the first time he was asked about it, though.

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