Well, last week I noticed something different upon entering the park: the lanes have been reconfigured! Now, there is one lane for pedestrians, one for bikes and one for cars (and carriages). Now it FINALLY safe to use this route through the City, even during rush hour. Horray!
But what about horse carriages? Should they go in the bike or the car lane? I have no idea. But I do know that horses are big, and I give them a wide berth.