September 22, 2009

Those New Bike Lanes on Kent Avenue

POST #    2985

Not surprisingly, the new dedicated bike lane on Kent Avenue in Williamsburg and the change in traffic patterns have caused some outrage in north Brooklyn. The new lane was just finished a couple of weeks ago and people are still getting used to it (see cyclist using right side of road in 2nd picture). As much as I like the new, dedicated lanes, I had no problem at all with the old lanes. In my opinion, this mostly seems like a pain in the ass for people that used Kent before. But once people get used to it, I'm sure it will be fine.

One person that wasn't used to the change (or just decided to ignore it) was a minivan driver that went south (against traffic) IN THE BIKE LANE despite the obvious green paint and signs saying the street is now one way. This guy drove the whole block in the bike lane, forcing me and another cyclist to move out of the way into the parking lane. I can only hope I don't see this happen again.

Posted by tien mao in NYC, Photos at 1:45 PM



Hi Tien -

One *minor* correction. It's Kent "Avenue". Kent St is all the way up in Greenpoint and goes East-West.

Posted by: Nick at September 22, 2009 7:05 PM

Duh! I was wondering why it didn't roll off my "tongue" when I wrote that.

Posted by: tien at September 22, 2009 8:11 PM

The bike lane is a product of the Toll Brothers who would like to thank Theresa Toro from Community Board 1 who accepted our nice bonus for for supporting this.

It wasn't anything for us to put 100K to get the CB1 support on this.

Posted by: Jonathan Toll at September 22, 2009 8:21 PM

looks nice.. we have bike lanes on a lot of busy streets in chicago but they're not distinguished by color like that and are easily overlooked. also, the bike lanes are between the car lane and the parking by the sidewalk.. which means you still get delivery guys stopping their vehicles, people temporarily double parking and cars opening doors in the bike lanes. wish we could do something like this! i like the buffer zone between the bike lane and the car lanes too. nice.

Posted by: rachelle at September 23, 2009 5:28 PM

The bike lane is fantastic for the 12 people that will use it daily. (Maybe 100 in the height of summer) The danger that the Kent avenue detour for truck and car traffic through smaller residential streets is incalculable. It isn't finished yet , but give it a week or two after they finish the new traffic pattern for it to kill someone. It is one of the worst sellouts to big development in Williamsburg. It will screw the community out of a REAL Greenway for years.
The old guard at cb1 is dead and is overrun with myopic visionaries of a bike free NYC. Is it good? We'll see.

Posted by: Valaire at September 25, 2009 3:34 PM

Jonathan Toll,
Thank you! I knew that you could still buy a neighborhood in Brooklyn. All hail the blessed bicyclists , and waterfront dwellers. You are worthy and powerful. CB1 is a nuthouse. We, the rest of the community that is getting screwed, salutes you.
The rest of us.

Posted by: Rudolph at September 26, 2009 1:20 AM

It does look nice. The green paint is a great idea. The bike lanes in my mid-size Midwestern town are full of broken glass and other debris.

Posted by: Marie Carnes at October 2, 2009 2:58 AM

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