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One dimensional! Kent Avenue will no longer go both ways by the end of this week

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Kent Avenue was set to become a one-way street with a protected two-way bike lane by the end of this week, marking the official end of a botched roadway redesign that pitted cyclists against motorists in a fight for hegemony over the key link between Greenpoint and Downtown.

Workers began milling and resurfacing Kent Avenue between Clymer Street and Broadway on Monday, eliminating a controversial layout installed last fall that replaced hundreds of parking spaces with bike lanes on both sides of the north-south byway.

By the end of the week, the two-way street was transformed into a northbound-only road. New markings and signage will then turn hotly contested no-parking and no-standing zones into legal parking lanes — one of which will serve as a buffer for a protected, two-directional bike lane on the waterfront side of the roadway.

The section of Kent Avenue between Broadway and N. 14th Street will undergo similar changes in September, a Department of Transportation spokesman said.

With the move, the city is hoping to put to rest what has been the most controversial cycling-related development since the advent of blood doping in the Tour de France.

Before the paint was even dry on the preliminary lanes last fall, residents and business owners scorned the path for removing vital parking and unloading spaces.

Those complaints turned into all-out protests, which included the erection of an illegal “Detour” sign that blamed traffic on cyclists, and a counter-protest by cyclists clad in clown costumes.

The new one-way plan is meant to appease cyclists and drivers. The city, cycling advocacy groups, and some neighborhood residents and merchants have argued that the new design will improve Kent Avenue by recovering lost parking spaces, offering cyclists a protected space, and lowering the speed of car traffic.

Placing the two-directional bike lane on the waterfront side of the street also lays the framework for the planned Brooklyn Waterfront Greenway, a two-way, landscaped cycling and walking path that will stretch from Greenpoint to Sunset Park.

But some North Brooklynites oppose the plan to turn Kent Avenue into a one-way street out of concerns that truck traffic from the throughway will be routed onto inland residential blocks like Wythe Avenue, and across commercial corridors like Bedford Avenue.

Foes of the city’s plan have launched an online petition drive, currently boasting 190 signatures, in an attempt to thwart the one-way plan.

Updated 5:35 pm, August 20, 2009: Story was updated to reflect slightly higher numbers on the petition.
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Ken from Greenpoint says:
We the residence and business owners on Kent Av. Would like to thank activist and candidate Isaac Abraham for helping and fight with city officials and agencies for the last 10 months,
As you all know Isaac is not just a fighter he is salving problems and having solutions, we all need him in office and doing a good job at his best! As Isaac says “if its ant right we will stand up and fight”!! We all wish him good luck with his campaign and being and hoping to be our next councilman of 33rd district…..
Aug. 17, 2009, 11:59 am
Mike from Williamsburg says:
WOW! This is a big accomplishment!! Everybody will just be happy. I thank you Mr. Isaac.. go for it!!!
Aug. 17, 2009, 12:09 pm
Tim from Williamsburg says:
This is a terrible solution. Having the trucks rerouted through N.11th, and Wyeth is a dangerous mistake. Wyeth is too narrow of a street to accommodate the truck traffic. Just wait for someone's kid to get killed, and the city will realize this fatal flaw.

This is not beneficial for all parties, this is beneficial for a select few. Kent can accommodate bike lanes, and trucks, and doesn't need street parking. I say this a resident of Kent who parks on the street. The neighborhood will regret this change sooner than it thinks. You can't go the easy road to fix anything. Sometimes you have to use your brain.
Aug. 17, 2009, 12:53 pm
Matt from Greenpoint says:
Tim. I could see that you are brainless!! You don’t even know the area of Kent Av. Especially there is no side street to park! So do some home work and will talk!!!! You sounds to be one of the people with out a job, get real!! Will Yah….
Aug. 17, 2009, 1:08 pm
jammie from greenpoint. says:
Matt, correct your English before you threaten to talk to anyone, you have no idea what are trying to say...

Tim is right. The side streets of Greenpoint and Williamsburg will be adversely effected by this change. Kent Avenue was truck route for all these years for a reason, the infrastructure of residential streets east of Kent Avenue will not bear the constant traffic it was NOT designed to handle.

Time will show this is a mistake, but the developers along Kent and the new money won their battle.
Aug. 17, 2009, 1:24 pm
Ben from Greenpoint says:
Guys pleas no fighting!! I will refresh your memories about a year and half ago Kent Av. Was a one way for a half year and was checked out by the local police deportment and community board 1 at that time was any complains what so ever, so it should work this time….we are all very excited….bikers, local deliveries, and parking restored
Aug. 17, 2009, 1:35 pm
Charles from PS says:
Last week, when I took Kent Avenue both back and forth from downotwn Bklyn to Williamsburg, I though to myself, "The DOT is finally getting some of these things right." Now I realize I was being naive. A two way kent avenue is perfect for traffic issues in the area.
Aug. 17, 2009, 1:51 pm
Dav from Williamsburg says:
As a biker we all like this idea it’s very safe for us all, the people who came up with this idea should be reward!!
Aug. 17, 2009, 1:51 pm
Tim from Williamsburg says:
Matt, Your discourse has enabled me to see the error in my logic. How naive of me to think I could possibly have an opinon on the matter as it effects me? I am forever grateful to you, and the genius you project. Hopefully with your help we can turn Kent Ave and all of Williamsburg and Greenpoint into the total shi*tshow we all deserve, and want.

Learn to read. I said I am a resident of Kent ave, not that I park there. I said I park on the street. Surprisingly enough, there are other streets near, perpendicular, and adjacent to Kent that provide ample parking for local residents. Perhaps you could pull your head out, and consider what is best for the neighborhood as a whole, not just your idealized concept of it?

Kay? Okay.
Aug. 17, 2009, 2:39 pm
David from Greenpoint says:
bikers lets go its party time!!
Aug. 17, 2009, 2:51 pm
Gus from Greenpoint says:
Ben and Dav are the Isaac Abrahams , by the way , so stop patting yourself on the back. It remains to be seen if this dangerous , selfish plan will be worth the votes you have promised Bloomberg to get your parking back. You sell out SOOOO cheaply. When the hasidic leaders & community learn to work with the non-hasidic community for fair and balanced progress for ALL of us ; then you will have a real accomplishment. This is token crap that just kisses the ass of a terrible mayoral administration hell bent on being "green".
Aug. 17, 2009, 3:29 pm
Tim from Williamsburg says:
Matt, Your discourse has enabled me to see the error in my logic. How naive of me to think I could possibly have an opinon on the matter as it effects me? I am forever grateful to you, and the genius you project. Hopefully with your help we can turn Kent Ave and all of Williamsburg and Greenpoint into the total shi*tshow we all deserve, and want.

Learn to read. I said I am a resident of Kent ave, not that I park there. I said I park on the street. Surprisingly enough, there are other streets near, perpendicular, and adjacent to Kent that provide ample parking for local residents. Perhaps you could pull your head out, and consider what is best for the neighborhood as a whole, not just your idealized concept of it?

Kay? Okay.

Gus from Greenpoint, I agree with everything you wrote.
Aug. 17, 2009, 4:18 pm
Ben from Greenpoint says:
Guys pleas no fighting!! I will refresh your memories about a year and half ago Kent Av. Was a one way for a half year and was checked out by the local police deportment and community board 1 at that time was any complains what so ever, so it should work this time….we are all very excited….bikers, local deliveries, and parking restoredfrom Greenpoint,

Ken from Greenpoint I agree with everything you wrote.
Aug. 17, 2009, 6:13 pm
Jim from Willamsburg says:
This idea is perfect for all of us, I am just hoping its should be ready this summer so me and my family will benefit and having a good time!!
Aug. 17, 2009, 6:20 pm
Happy from Williamsburg says:
Ben (Isaac Abraham) The "we" you speak of that is so very excited , are more important people to YOU , than those that will be burdened by the spreading out of the problem. Use your influence for ALL of us, not just Mitchell-Lama Housing tenants and your neighbors.
Aug. 17, 2009, 6:44 pm
Sally Ann Nutbush from Williamspoint says:
Sally Ann is with Shimon.
And she thinks she loves him, too.
Aug. 17, 2009, 7:32 pm
Sally Ann Nutbush from Williamspoint says:
I kick over bicycles. Really , I support you. It is crazy what is going down.
Aug. 17, 2009, 8:11 pm
Rodney from Williamsburg says:
This is the worst idea ever. I just signed a petition to stop this. I suggest everyone who also hates this signs it...

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/keep-kent-avenue-2-ways
Aug. 17, 2009, 9:54 pm
Ken from Kent A. says:
Rodney. I feel your pain! Unfortunately 784 petitions was given in to DOT for the Kent Av. one way, at this time its over just deal with it!! Don’t be so depress Just try to be a happy person.
Aug. 19, 2009, 11:37 am
Sally Ann Nutbush from Williamspoint says:
Ken (Isaac Abraham) Where are these petitions? Why did you need petitions if this project came down from the DOT ?
Perhaps you are the only party communicating to the DOT in the sole interest of yourself and immediate neighbors; and that's why you enjoy taking credit for it. This whole project smells to high heavens. I wouldn't vote for you in city council district 33 race for all the tea in China.
Aug. 21, 2009, 12:14 pm
Ben from Cobble Hill says:
No elected official will listen to the anti-"new" Kent configuration. Negotiations ensued and a consensus was reached by the majority of stakeholders acting in good faith. The verdict is in and final. With nearly $20M in funding now secured, chiefly through Congress, DOT will be moving forward this year with the design of the permanent 14 mile Brooklyn Waterfront Greenway. This segment is a vital element of a larger vision and plan- that has been over 10 years in the making. The promise of this vision has finally arrived.
Sept. 3, 2009, 5:54 pm
Kevin from Greenpoint says:
Practical question: what is the new official south-bound truck route? South of Metropolitain it seems like Wyeth is the only choice. With Kent, berry and Bedford it sure is easy to go north. Maybe this fits into the plan to close Bedford to car traffic.
Sept. 16, 2009, 1:19 pm
robe says:
This is a STUPID idea just to apease the jewish comunity. Truck traffic will be forced on wytht ave and do the exsiting parking cars will be damged from them not being able to make these tight turns. Once again The city has decided to kiss the jews asses
Sept. 19, 2009, 7:32 pm
robes from kent says:
This is a STUPID idea just to apease the jewish comunity. Truck traffic will be forced on wytht ave and do the exsiting parking cars will be damged from them not being able to make these tight turns. Once again The city has decided to kiss the jews asses
Sept. 19, 2009, 7:32 pm
Sarah from Williamsburg says:
I live on Wythe Ave. I no longer sleep past 6am now because of the trucks roaring down my street. I don't care either way what happens on Kent Ave just as long as the trucks don't wake me up anymore. There must be a better solution. I want to cry I am so tired.
Oct. 7, 2009, 4:28 pm

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