Cyclists call for car-free Prospect Park

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Cyclists in Brooklyn are calling on the city to make Prospect Park a car-free zone.

More than two dozen community members gathered at Prospect Park Monday morning to ride in support of a car ban.

Advocates of the ban are calling on the city to make the 500-acre park more safe for bicyclists and pedestrians.

The park was closed to car traffic from July through September as a way to cut down on accidents during the busy summer season.

However, advocates say the city should ban cars completely and year-round from the park.

Prospect Park sees on average between 8 and 10 million visitors a year, according to city statistics, making it one of the busiest sites in Brooklyn.

The Department of Transportation says it is collecting data through the summer months when cars are banned to see if a permanent ban would benefit the green space.

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