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A portion of Kent Avenue in Williamsburg has finally been transformed into the city’s best bike lane — so naturally, our biking editor was on hand to check it out. It’s a wild ride — especially when the protected, two-way lane abruptly ends at Broadway.

Apologies to Bruce Springsteen.

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Tom from Williamsburg says:
Is he drunk? (btw, the bike lane is great)
Sept. 21, 2009, 10:30 am
Cherry from 11211 says:
Promoting bikes to run the red lights at every intersection is a disservice to the bike community you support. Think about it. How can you be respected on the road , if you don't follow the rules. Lead by example, and perhaps pedestrians and vehicles wouldn't have such contempt for you if you at least made an effort to abide by the rules. (and teach them to your kids , as well.)
Sept. 21, 2009, 11:06 am
da from Park Slope says:
He's not drunk; he's Gersh!
Sept. 21, 2009, 12:11 pm
JJM from OOT says:
Way to "pick up some real speed" through a red signal! Unless they put it separate signal heads for the bike lane, the regular ones apply.

They probably should put in separate bike signals, since it is a T intersection, and there aren't any conflicts between cyclists and vehicles. The bike lane only needs a red light when someone is using the crosswalk.
Sept. 21, 2009, 12:56 pm
Adam from 11215 says:
I saw two read lights that were biked through. The first one was a T intersection like JJM said. In my experience unless there is a pedestrian crossing there is no reason to stop.

The second red light was at a construction zone. If you look closely you will see there is a flagman flagging a car through the intersection, which also applied to the ever so happy Gersh on his bike.

I think Cherry could loosen up a bit. Yes running red lights that endanger people (endangering people in general through bad ridding) is bad, but stopping at every red light is not a practical expectation for many bicyclists.

A few of the great thing about bikes as opposed to cars - great visibility and very short stopping distance. Not to mention zero emission, almost silent, no wear on the streets, compact in size, etc.
Sept. 21, 2009, 4:08 pm
Dav from williamsburg says:
GERSH.. you sound to have a very good time, I must tell you by driving with a helmet you still disobey the law; you passed a red light on South 11th at Kent av.
Just roll the video back you will see and proof your self... remember you being cough on camera SHAME ON YOU!!!
Sept. 21, 2009, 6:01 pm
Marie from 11222 says:
Adam you are wrong. You can't always tell what is coming unless you stop. The bicycle that cruised through a red light last week in Fort Greene, because it was "getting ready to turn green" was in the path of the motorcycle that braked and lost control ; killing them both. 2 eyewitnesses say the motorcycle had the green and gunned through a yellow light. Not a red light . The motorcycle had the right of way , and still tried to avoid hitting him. If he had not locked up his brakes in attempt to avoid the bicycle , at least one of them might be alive. Bicyclists need to operate by the same rules cars do, "practical" or not.
Sept. 21, 2009, 6:04 pm
Sarah from Williamsburg says:
http://www.vosizneias.com/38761/2009/09/21/williamsburg-ny-residents-steaming-against-truck-route-on-local-streets/
Sept. 21, 2009, 10:35 pm
guy from bensonhurst says:
hey we need some bike lanes down here in south brooklyn. you yupppie, hipsters up north get everything handed to you on a silver platter. kent ave NEEDED bike lanes...pshh!!! why don't you try riding down 86th street during the day. panzies.
Sept. 22, 2009, 1:14 am
Meredith from Williamsbug says:
Agreed. There is a terrible lack of evenhanded reason in the lanes being mapped out logically or safely. Too much politics (read money and development ) plays in. Get Sadik-Khan and Trans Alt to come check it out . They might work you in on the next go round if you raise enough hell. If you aren't "with them" you are nowhere these days.
Sept. 22, 2009, 1:41 am
Moshe Aron Kestenbaum from Williamsburg ODA says:
As I was driving my bike down Wythe Ave and South 8 St I heard a car coming up behind me... He had turned into Wythe Ave and just chased me down into the sidewalk he actually nudged me off the road,on the to sidewalk I was lucky no cars were parked then I could have gotten killed.Wythe ave is so narrow there
Sept. 22, 2009, 6:32 pm
guy from bensonhurst says:
i'll do that. south brooklyn does still exist people! bike lanes for all!!!
Sept. 22, 2009, 10:38 pm
Kitar from Williamsburg says:
scandal!
http://www.tienmao.com/archives/002985.html#entries
Sept. 25, 2009, 8:29 pm
Mary from Washington Heights says:
This new two-way bike lane looks awesome (um...except when it abruptly ends). I can't wait to get to Brooklyn and try it out. Hurrah for the handlebar-cam!
Oct. 3, 2009, 3:52 pm
Dave M from Sheepshead Bay says:
As a driver, I hate bicyclists. As a Bicyslist, I hate drivers. As a pedestrian, I hate both.
Nov. 20, 2009, 5:27 pm

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