NYC Lowers Central Park Speed Limit

November 18, 2014 Updated: July 18, 2015

The Central Park speed limit is being lowered from 25 mph to 20 mph overall, and four high-use areas will have new 10 mph speed limit signs posted. 

New safety markings and barricades at pedestrian crossings will be installed, the Department of Transportation, Departments of Parks and Recreation, and the Central Park Conservancy announced Tuesday.

Barricades will be added to:

– West Drive at Delacorte Theater (near W. 81st Street)
– West Drive at Sheep Meadow (near W. 68th Street)
– West Drive at Heckscher Ballfields Crossing (near E. 63rd Street)
– East Drive at Terrace Drive (near E. 72nd Street)

“There’s no question; slower traffic will mean a safer park,” said Doug Blonsky, President and CEO of Central Park Conservancy, in a press release. 

The Central Park Precinct has an ongoing public awareness campaign to inform all users of the safety rules.