Kent Avenue: A Bikeway for All Ages

While Clarence was out this weekend taping Right of Way install a memorial to victims of traffic violence, he also got this footage of the Kent Avenue bike lane in Williamsburg. Where else but a protected bike lane will you ever see so many kids biking on the street in NYC?

Not that long ago, Kent Avenue was a high-speed truck route where only the bravest souls ventured forth on a bicycle. Today it’s a low-speed neighborhood street and one of the most important bike transportation links in the city.

NYC DOT’s 2009 redesign of Kent Avenue added a two-way protected bike lane while converting motor vehicle traffic to one-way flow. For fast-growing waterfront neighborhoods that don’t have great walking access to the subway, the bikeway is a transportation lifeline.

Note that many shots in Clarence’s video show a temporary design that preserves the continuity of the bike lane and walkway on a block that’s been narrowed by construction. The whole Kent Avenue bikeway is an intermediary step on the way to a permanent Brooklyn Waterfront Greenway, running from Greenpoint to Sunset Park.

  • J

    This is incredible!!!! Bike infrastructure that is truly for everyone. You don’t need to be an adrenaline junkie to use and appreciate this. We need more of this!

  • BBnet3000

    Kent is possibly the best street to cycle on in the entire city. I’d love to see real bike infra extended the rest of the way from Kent to the Pulaski Bridge and up Vanderbilt to connect to Prospect Park.

  • Ben_Kintisch

    Ahh….Kent Avenue is such a wonderful place to bike. My family and I used it every weekend to bike from Bed-Stuy up to Greenpoint.
    Sigh…..I miss biking in Brooklyn so much. 🙁

  • Wow! That video shows how under-built that facility is now. I still find it a little awkward in places but DOT does a great job with what it has at hand.

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