I used to drive through the park occasionally when the lanes were open and I can honestly say that the bikers were more of a threat to the walkers than cars were. Those guys hardly ever obeyed the same 25 mph speed limit that the cars have and they NEVER stopped at red lights.
A few facts & points you should consider:
1. A Recent study by a neighborhood group showed that NINENTY NINE PERCENT of cars in the park during evening rush hour exceeded the 25 mph speed limit and close to 45% exceeded FORTY miles per hour.
BONUS: a pedestrian hit by a vehicle traveling 40 mph has a 10-20% chance of survival (link)
2. Few are the bicyclists in NYC streets and parks who can regularly reach 25 mph, let alone keep that speed for any length of time.
BONUS 1: Between 1996 and 2005, NYC bicyclists killed an average of 1 pedestrian per year. (link)
BONUS 2: Cars kill around 140 people per year.
3. I am very curious how you were able to ascertain your observation as you drove through the park at 25 mph. (I assume due to your concern for public safety that you wouldn't dare be part of the Speeding 99%).
But don't let facts get in the way of your steel-encaged anecdotal evidence.
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