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Williamsburg, NY - Bike Lane Removal News: False Report

Published on: April 24, 2009 06:57 PM
By: VIN News By David Gold
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Residents have criticized the Kent Avenue bike lanes in Williamsburg,Residents have criticized the Kent Avenue bike lanes in Williamsburg,

Williamsburg, NY - A rumor, and press release [which has no official letterhead from any public Gov. entity] is circulating the Internet over the past few hours regarding the removal of bike lanes on Kent Avenue in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn, a hot issue to the neighborhood’s Chasidim, who for decades used Kent for parking and business.
VIN News has confirmed the report to be misleading and some sort of very belated April Fool’s joke.
According to a spokesman from the office of Assemblyman Vito Lopez, who represents a significant part of Williamsburg in Albany, there was no official announcement from his office regarding imminent bike-lane removal.  According to Lopez’s office, it’s an ongoing battle in which there is no new development as of today.
Furthermore, an official DOT spokesman, told VIN News on condition of anonymity, “These reports are not accurate as of today”.

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While there have been rumors in Williamsburg of ongoing meetings between the city and the community, as of today there is no confirmed settlement on the removal of the bike lanes.

To see the the unofficial Press Release that was send out by some individuals click here
please note this release has no public letterhead from any Gov. official



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 Apr 24, 2009 at 06:11 PM Anonymous Says:

oy avek genimen dem oneg shobbos

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 Apr 24, 2009 at 06:10 PM Anonymous Says:

We the residance of Kent ave. Together with Issac Abraham are working on the issue of the Kent ave bike lane for the past 6 months. This week the DOT informed us that they are working on a new proposal which they will announce by the next CB1 meeting which is this coming Wednesday.

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 Apr 24, 2009 at 06:38 PM Anonymous Says:

This kind of jumping the gun and running with unaproved press releases will have just the upside effect

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 Apr 24, 2009 at 09:12 PM Anonymous Says:

I hope this is not true. the bike lane has made things safer.

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 Apr 24, 2009 at 07:33 PM Anonymous Says:

stupid people care more about their PR then the community, wouldn't leaking information risk the removal of the bike lanes. They should have waited until the community board meeting. so what's more important removing the bike lanes or having a photo released right away?

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 Apr 24, 2009 at 06:44 PM Anonymous Says:

I don't understand where Vito Lopez comes into this picture its not his district. Our asemblyman is Joseph lentol.

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 Apr 24, 2009 at 06:43 PM Anonymous Says:

I'm involved with this issue since the first day.... Here is the list of people and organizations that are helping us from the first day. Yasky's office, squadrons office, velazquaz's office, Joseph lentol's office, Issac Abraham, Leo moskowits, Moty Spitzer, Chaim Wertsberger, gershy Schlesinger,

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 Apr 25, 2009 at 08:23 PM Josh Says:

Well ! it happened in the past if you get out the news premature some time it can halp put prassure on the Authorities !

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 Apr 25, 2009 at 08:49 PM Anonymous Says:

In every rumor there's a little bit of truth..
Let's hope that this is the begining of the end to these crazy bike lanes!!

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 Apr 25, 2009 at 10:12 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #4  
Anonymous Says:

I hope this is not true. the bike lane has made things safer.

Really? In what way?

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 Apr 25, 2009 at 10:13 PM satmer Says:

Reply to #4  
Anonymous Says:

I hope this is not true. the bike lane has made things safer.

Sir! Do u live in willy at all? Can u explain what's more safty with it , besides the many MVA involving bikes I have no clue to what u mean

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 Apr 25, 2009 at 10:38 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #4  
Anonymous Says:

I hope this is not true. the bike lane has made things safer.

Safer?? I witnessed an accident on Bedford Ave. Where the biker who was driving wild got seriously hurt.
It's the liberals who are promoting the program "GreeNYC" that are pushing for the bike lanes! What a bunch of nuts...

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 Apr 25, 2009 at 11:15 PM Anonymous Says:

Let's vote out Bloomberg. And vote for Issac Abraham for city council.

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 Apr 25, 2009 at 11:59 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #13  
Anonymous Says:

Let's vote out Bloomberg. And vote for Issac Abraham for city council.

Unfortunately there's no strong candidate running against Bloomy.. He's very powerful! And he even got the endorsement of the Republican party.. So bloomy the dictator is here to stay!!
As far as Mr. Abraham goes, I think he will win! He's a good man & strong advocate for our community, and we should all support him at his fundraising Sunday evening.

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 Apr 25, 2009 at 11:40 PM Anonymous Says:

Please don't double park on the bike lanes so the bikers could ride safely

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 Apr 26, 2009 at 12:08 AM Anonymous Says:

this bike lane is absolutely crazy

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 Apr 26, 2009 at 01:22 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #4  
Anonymous Says:

I hope this is not true. the bike lane has made things safer.

You are out of your minde, or you don't know from what we are talking

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 Apr 26, 2009 at 12:30 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #14  
Anonymous Says:

Unfortunately there's no strong candidate running against Bloomy.. He's very powerful! And he even got the endorsement of the Republican party.. So bloomy the dictator is here to stay!!
As far as Mr. Abraham goes, I think he will win! He's a good man & strong advocate for our community, and we should all support him at his fundraising Sunday evening.

Isaac can only win if we all come out strong and vote for him. but There will be some of our own leaders that will rather endorse Vito Lopez then one of our own.

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 Apr 26, 2009 at 12:20 AM Josh Says:

Reply to #13  
Anonymous Says:

Let's vote out Bloomberg. And vote for Issac Abraham for city council.

Why is he smoking too much ?

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 Apr 26, 2009 at 08:31 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #11  
satmer Says:

Sir! Do u live in willy at all? Can u explain what's more safty with it , besides the many MVA involving bikes I have no clue to what u mean

Which ones? Name them.

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 Apr 26, 2009 at 09:24 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #12  
Anonymous Says:

Safer?? I witnessed an accident on Bedford Ave. Where the biker who was driving wild got seriously hurt.
It's the liberals who are promoting the program "GreeNYC" that are pushing for the bike lanes! What a bunch of nuts...

I love the bike lanes and I'm not a liberal. Its great exercise and a wonderful way to get around the city. Thank you Mayor Bloomberg for not caving to a few spoilsports and for all your work in making NYC an increasingly bike friendly city.

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 Apr 26, 2009 at 12:03 PM Anonymous Says:

#7,this on a higher level then just the people you mentioned. This is a issue that has been dealt with the Bloomberg administration with both sides. Rabbi Glanz and Moshe Indig were the reps that were in high level meetings; I'm sure they were talking to their contacts in the community, but they deserve a debt of gratitude from the community for their efforts and they don't put out any photos for self publicity.

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 Apr 26, 2009 at 10:36 AM Anonymous Says:

i wonder Y they are not enforcing the Helmet rule at my corner in new williamsburg, accidents happen very often, just last week a biker was killed at the corner when running a red light.

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 Apr 26, 2009 at 03:08 PM Anonymous Says:

#23, there is no law requiring helmet use for adults in NYC.

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 Apr 26, 2009 at 04:01 PM Anonymous Says:

(To # 8, 13, and 14) what pressure was applied to the bloomberg administration to have them review this. Isn't the change actualy a sign that the administration is paying attention to our community. A request was made from community leaders and a series of meetings have resulted in positive changes. The changes don't come from anywhere else, we should send a letter of gratitude for listening to our leaders and to the Mayor.

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 Apr 26, 2009 at 05:08 PM Anonymous Says:

Bike lanes have been installed throughout NYC, not just Williamsburg. If it is an issue in Williamsburg, than it should be an issue all over NYC. Why should the people of Williamsburg get preferential treatment over and above the rest of NYC. Whoever thinks its too crowded there, can move to Kiryas Yoiel.

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 Apr 26, 2009 at 10:31 PM Herzl Says:

These lanes make it safer and more possible for Brooklynites to do errands and commute by bike. The more we ride bikes the less we send our dollars over to oil producing nations like Saudi Arabia and Iran. Bike lanes: Good for New York, and good for the Jews. Wake up, folks.

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 Apr 27, 2009 at 10:26 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #24  
Anonymous Says:

#23, there is no law requiring helmet use for adults in NYC.

is a Helmet not so impotent that sit belts?

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 Apr 27, 2009 at 01:04 PM Askupeh Says:

Reply to #21  
Anonymous Says:

I love the bike lanes and I'm not a liberal. Its great exercise and a wonderful way to get around the city. Thank you Mayor Bloomberg for not caving to a few spoilsports and for all your work in making NYC an increasingly bike friendly city.

To 21, 26 and 27, who is probably the same person.

You might not be a liberal but your statement is sheer arrogance, besides also showing ignorance of the issue. If you like bike lanes, then you can work to have them where you live. To force your ideas on other people’s neighborhoods just because YOU like them is pure selfishness; and to think that you know better then the local residents what is good for them, comes from being spoiled to think that everyone needs to think the way I do. What you love is not loved by the people living there who are paying their taxes. Look yourself in the mirror and see who is spoiled.

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 Apr 27, 2009 at 01:55 PM Anonymous Says:

"...a hot issue to the neighborhood’s Chasidim, who for decades used Kent for parking and business. "

What street in New York hasn't been used to park cars for decades, exactly?

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 Apr 27, 2009 at 04:14 PM JJS Says:

Reply to #29  
Askupeh Says:

To 21, 26 and 27, who is probably the same person.

You might not be a liberal but your statement is sheer arrogance, besides also showing ignorance of the issue. If you like bike lanes, then you can work to have them where you live. To force your ideas on other people’s neighborhoods just because YOU like them is pure selfishness; and to think that you know better then the local residents what is good for them, comes from being spoiled to think that everyone needs to think the way I do. What you love is not loved by the people living there who are paying their taxes. Look yourself in the mirror and see who is spoiled.

We all live in NYC and in order for cyclists to safely get from one neighborhood to the next it is necessary to install bike lanes. I am a proponent of the Kent St. lane as it allows me to ride from my apartment in Carroll Gardens to Williamsburg without fearing for my life (cars kill people, bikes rarely if ever do).
And the neighborhood is not YOURS. That type of thinking is pure solipsistic drivel.

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 Apr 27, 2009 at 03:27 PM Confused Goy Says:

I'm kind of confused here. Why would a Jewish neighborhood prefer to drive cars and send oil money over to such Israel-friendly countries as Iran and Saudi Arabia instead of just riding bicycles to get around? I know this post sounds ignorant and even racist, but somebody please clue me in on the aversion to bicycles.

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 Apr 27, 2009 at 03:19 PM Askupeh Says:

Reply to #30  
Anonymous Says:

"...a hot issue to the neighborhood’s Chasidim, who for decades used Kent for parking and business. "

What street in New York hasn't been used to park cars for decades, exactly?

So therefore?

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 Apr 27, 2009 at 05:04 PM Askupeh Says:

Reply to #31  
JJS Says:

We all live in NYC and in order for cyclists to safely get from one neighborhood to the next it is necessary to install bike lanes. I am a proponent of the Kent St. lane as it allows me to ride from my apartment in Carroll Gardens to Williamsburg without fearing for my life (cars kill people, bikes rarely if ever do).
And the neighborhood is not YOURS. That type of thinking is pure solipsistic drivel.

I’m all for you having a bike lane to get from Carroll Gardens to Williamsburg; but why do you need a bike lane on every Avenue? Isn’t it selfish to think like you do? After all, Williamsburg has over fifty thousand Jews who don’t want it, and I totally agree with them. People who live in a neighborhood have some rights to their neighborhood; don’t they? How would you like if Williamsburg used its clout to do what they want in YOUR neighborhood? That you like bike riding doesn’t give you the right to shove it down Williamsburg’s throat. Your buddy in City Hall thinks like you, that’s why Williamsburg is in a pickle. My Williamsburg brothers, it’s time to look for the next stop in Golus; Williamsburg is in the process of being taken over by the hipsters, with City Hall cheering them on.

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 Apr 27, 2009 at 04:57 PM Jewish Cyclist Says:

Isn't a human life (goy or jew!) worth so much to Hashem?!
Less cyclists die when both cyclists and drivers are conscience of each others presence on the road. Bike lanes help to create this awareness. ! It saves lives! ...removing the bike away from Bedford Ave will NOT divert cyclists to another area because it is the best connection to the Williamsburg bridge for many people. This act will only make using that road more dangerous.

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 Apr 27, 2009 at 08:05 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #4  
Anonymous Says:

I hope this is not true. the bike lane has made things safer.

Yes? What's safer now?

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 Apr 27, 2009 at 08:43 PM Anonymous Says:

Why don't you guys just push to have Domsey knocked down and turned into an area parking deck?

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 Apr 27, 2009 at 09:30 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #31  
JJS Says:

We all live in NYC and in order for cyclists to safely get from one neighborhood to the next it is necessary to install bike lanes. I am a proponent of the Kent St. lane as it allows me to ride from my apartment in Carroll Gardens to Williamsburg without fearing for my life (cars kill people, bikes rarely if ever do).
And the neighborhood is not YOURS. That type of thinking is pure solipsistic drivel.

i wonder how you will react if the city builds an airport or trainstaion on your block?

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 Apr 27, 2009 at 09:28 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #37  
Anonymous Says:

Why don't you guys just push to have Domsey knocked down and turned into an area parking deck?

good idea!! but instead the owners of Domsey are planning to knock it down and build 400 more apt. with no parking garage....

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 Apr 27, 2009 at 11:33 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #35  
Jewish Cyclist Says:

Isn't a human life (goy or jew!) worth so much to Hashem?!
Less cyclists die when both cyclists and drivers are conscience of each others presence on the road. Bike lanes help to create this awareness. ! It saves lives! ...removing the bike away from Bedford Ave will NOT divert cyclists to another area because it is the best connection to the Williamsburg bridge for many people. This act will only make using that road more dangerous.

You are totaly not right, before the bike lane was on bedford ave. There were much less bikes going thro our neigborhood, everyone can tell you that, and btw I don't see the bike lane should be anymore safer when it comes to school buses dropping of small children and this hippy's are squeezing themself thro the bike lane

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 Apr 28, 2009 at 07:47 AM JJS Says:

Reply to #38  
Anonymous Says:

i wonder how you will react if the city builds an airport or trainstaion on your block?

#38 . . .Are you REALLY attempting to draw a parallel between a bike lane and an airport? That is ridiculous.

#35 . . . Right on.

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