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Eyes on the Street: Bikeway Upgrade Calms Deadly Stretch of Kent Avenue

Posted By Stephen Miller On May 28, 2014 @ 1:25 pm In Bicycling,Bike Lanes,Brooklyn Greenway Initiative,Eyes on the Street,Traffic Calming,Williamsburg | 10 Comments

A missing link in the Brooklyn Waterfront Greenway is turning green. Photo: Frank Hebbert [1]

A stretch of the Brooklyn Waterfront Greenway route along Kent Avenue turned green last week. Photo: Frank Hebbert

A project that slims a dangerous section of Kent Avenue in South Williamsburg and straightens out an awkward stretch of the Brooklyn Waterfront Greenway route is nearing the finish line.

In March 2013, Julio Acevedo was driving north on Kent Avenue at 69 mph when he killed Raizy and Nathan Glauber, both 21, in a two-car crash at Wilson Street. Acevedo fled the scene and later faced charges [2], including criminally negligent homicide and manslaughter.

The deaths spurred changes. DOT installed traffic signals at Wilson and Hooper Streets, and last January Community Board 1 supported a plan [3] to replace parking on the west side of the street with a two-way bikeway, while adding parking along the median on the east side to slow northbound traffic.

The plan also improves the continuity of the Brooklyn Waterfront Greenway route. Previously, the two-way bike lane on Kent jogged awkwardly, directing northbound cyclists to hop onto a sidewalk path between Williamsburg Street West and Division Avenue, while southbound cyclists had a painted lane between parked cars and motor vehicle traffic. The new arrangement creates a route where cyclists’ paths don’t criss-cross, bike traffic stays off the sidewalk, and the bikeway is separated from cars with flexible posts. Time will tell if those posts are enough to prevent the sidewalk parking [4] extravaganzas [5] that occasionally overwhelm this part of Kent Avenue.

With the reconstruction of Flushing Avenue [6] planned for this fall, there will soon be three miles of continuous two-way bikeway from North 14th Street in Greenpoint to Navy Street near the foot of the Manhattan Bridge.


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[1] Image: http://www.streetsblog.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/kentave_hebbert.jpg

[2] fled the scene and later faced charges: http://www.streetsblog.org/2013/03/22/why-the-brooklyn-crash-that-killed-a-family-of-three-will-happen-again/

[3] Community Board 1 supported a plan: http://www.streetsblog.org/2013/12/18/dot-plans-bike-lane-extension-traffic-calming-on-deadly-section-of-kent-ave/

[4] sidewalk parking: http://gothamist.com/2009/12/08/kent_avenue_bike_lane_blocked.php

[5] extravaganzas: http://www.streetsblog.org/2013/10/03/eyes-on-the-street-minivans-parked-all-over-williamsburg-sidewalk-bikeway/

[6] reconstruction of Flushing Avenue: http://www.streetsblog.org/2013/10/29/heres-whats-next-for-the-flushing-ave-segment-of-the-brooklyn-greenway/

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