Traffic calming is coming to the Williamsburg road where Raizy and Nathan Glauber died in March

City putting the squeeze on Kent lead-foots

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The city plans to narrow several blocks of Kent Avenue to keep drivers from speeding after exiting the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway.

The traffic calming proposal for the stretch of road between Williamsburg Street West and Clymer Street was prompted in part by the March deaths of Raizy and Nathan Glauber, newlyweds who were driving down Kent Avenue when a speeding cabbie hit them on Wilson Avenue. One Williamsburg resident praised the changes.

“It will cause inconvenience, but if it saves lives, it is a good thing,” said James Planert, who often walks along the avenue.

The proposed tweaks include moving the Williamsburg-Bridge-bound bike lane off the sidewalk to create a two-way bike path on the East River side of the road. The bike highway would be separated from car traffic with a barricade and drivers travelling in opposite directions would be divided by a seven-foot-wide median.

The city has installed new traffic lights and crosswalks where Kent Avenue crosses Wilson and Hooper streets over the past few months

A study by the city found that four-fifths of drivers speed when headed towards the Williamsburg Bridge on Kent while just a quarter of drivers speed going the other way. The problem is exacerbated by the street having two lanes heading bridge-ward and the lane facing the expressway appearing wider than it is because of the median-less bike and parking lanes, according to the city.

Moving the sidewalk bike lane will also give pedestrians more elbow room on an increasingly congested stretch. Biking on the Kent Avenue lanes increased by two-thirds on weekdays between 2008 and 2010 and by more than three times on weekends during the same period.

Both Community Board 1 and 2 have approved the changes. The city says it will begin construction on the road in the spring.

Reach reporter Danielle Furfaro at or by calling (718) 260-2511. Follow her at
Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

Rob from Williamsburg says:
I live in the area and this is great news!
Jan. 27, 2014, 11:44 am
Simon from Williamsburg says:
Most room for kiss ass bicycle lanes
Jan. 27, 2014, 12:13 pm
Simon from Williamsburg says:
Kent was a GREAT 2 WAY street beyond Broadway before they ruined it with bike lanes and made it a one way! The parking in the middle of the street is ——
Jan. 27, 2014, 12:16 pm
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
I take it that the last redesign of Kent Avenue wasn't enough to please the anti-car crowd even though it's pretty much congestion with vehicular traffic as is.
Jan. 27, 2014, 3:49 pm
Mike from Williamsburg says:
No, Tal, the last redesign was not enough. Even with the redesign, drivers couldn't obey the law. Now the DOT has to redesign the street yet again to make it easier for drivers to obey the law.
Jan. 27, 2014, 4:30 pm
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
Mike, until your group follows the rules, you have no moral legitimacy to your claim, so enough with the double standard.
Jan. 27, 2014, 4:47 pm
Mike from Williamsburg says:
Wrong. My group doesn't kill people. Because my group does not kill, my group has plenty of moral legitimacy.
Jan. 27, 2014, 5:53 pm
s from sssss says:
Guys, Tal Barzilai is a fake. Stop engaging.
Jan. 27, 2014, 6:21 pm
Mike from Williamsburg says:
What if I'm fake too? My arguments are good and his are bad.
Jan. 27, 2014, 7 pm
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
Mike, you are still placing yourself into harm's way by doing such an act, which makes you not just a danger to yourself, but to others as well, though places like Streetsblog will always consider you a martyr for your actions.
Jan. 27, 2014, 7:16 pm
Mike from Williamsburg says:
Your group kills pedestrians who cross in the crosswalk with the light. Public streets are only "in harm's way" because your group kills, and because your group kills, my group has the moral authority to get roads redesigned so your group might start following laws and not killing.
Jan. 28, 2014, 6:14 am
'hood crank from E. Williamsburgh says:
The irony is that the Orthos who hate cyclists and feel entitled to speed through their own neighborhood are being forced to save the lives of their own families.
Jan. 28, 2014, 11:11 am
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
I think a better idea about those who got killed on that street would be better if the whole story would be told along with the cause, because I feel that I am only hearing the effects on this, and the cause won't be in your favor, which is why it's not being mentioned.
Jan. 29, 2014, 3:15 pm

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