The saga of the Kent Avenue bike lane continues! First the Orthodox Satmar Jews in South Williamsburg objected to the old bike lane because of the influx of immodestly-dressed female cyclists, then local merchants complained that customers and delivery trucks had nowhere to park. Barricades were threatened, fake detour signs were put up, and clowns rushed to the scene. Responding to the whining, the DOT ripped up part of Kent and changed it to northbound-only traffic, creating a dedicated bike lane buffered by parking spots. And
everyone was happy some were placated!
The first part of the bike lane reboot, between Clymer and Broadway, was completed a couple weeks ago, and next the DOT will extend it north to Greenpoint. But southbound truck traffic has already been rerouted, and that's infuriated locals on North 11th who say their street's now clogged with trucks. At a recent Community Board 1 Transportation Committee meeting, "frustration and resentment seemed to bubble through the basement floor like molten magma,"according to the Post.
Truck-tortured resident Monica Levitsky (heh) told officials, "This project from the very beginning was railroaded. It’s not a matter of us against them. This is an example of a project that is not representative of the community." David Wolloch, DOT Commissioner of External Affairs, tried to calm the tension by promising to monitor the truck traffic on North 11th, "open signal studies, and route more trucks directly to North 14th. We have not been doing what we should have been doing for decades." Woah—you gonna take that, North 14th Street?