Phase II of the transformation of Kent Avenue from a two-way truck route into a one-way northbound street with one of the city’s best bike lanes will begin this weekend, following the much-hailed conversion of the southern portion of the thoroughfare.
Starting on Saturday, the strip between Broadway and Metropolitan Avenue will undergo roadwork, followed by the segment between Metropolitan and N. 14th Street beginning on Oct. 3, according to the Department of Transportation.
The agency also told a Community Board 1 committee that it will assess whether the full conversion of Kent Avenue into a one-way northbound street will affect truck traffic, a widespread neighborhood fear.
“We also committed to working with the community on the larger set of existing truck issues in the neighborhood and asked attendees [of the meeting] to report truck issues,” said Department of Transportation spokesman Seth Solomonow.
After our video road test of the new bike lane was posted on Monday on BrooklynPaper.com, readers seemed generally supportive of the new lane — and at least one wanted some help in his neighborhood.
“Hey we need some bike lanes down here,” posted “Guy from Bensonhurst.”
“You Yuppie hipsters get everything handed to you on a silver platter. Kent Avenue needed bike lanes? Pshh!!! Why don’t you try riding down 86th Street during the day? Panzies!”
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