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Williamsburg: For the second time in a week, bicyclists’ attempts to protest the city’s removal of the Bedford Avenue bike lane were foiled by the weather. Comments (8)

Man, you gotta see the crash picture from Red Hook

Red Hook: That was one pretty serious-looking accident at the troubled corner of Van Brunt Street and Dikeman Street in the heart of Red Hook on Friday afternoon. Comments (3)
Williamsburg: At least one group of bicycle activists is not excited by the planned Bedford Avenue topless bike protest through the Hasidic portion of Williamsburg on Saturday night. Comments (17)

It’s a real sign of confusion on Washington Avenue

Prospect Heights: It may be the longest, and the most-confusing, bus stop in all of Brooklyn — and it’s running roughshod over Prospect Heights drivers. Comment
Williamsburg: On Saturday, there will be nudity on Bedford Avenue — to protest the city’s removal of the bike lane, of course! Comments (29)
Park Slope: The city has lavished its traffic-calming gifts on the southern portion of Grand Army Plaza — but now, the Department of Transportation is poised, Santa-like, to start working on the North pole of Brooklyn’s most muddled roundabout. Comments (5)

Cyclist killed by trucker in Greenpoint!

Greenpoint: Another cyclist has been killed in a collision with a truck driver — this time just a few blocks from where activists were protesting the city’s removal of a popular bike lane on Sunday. Comments (11)
Williamsburg: Too much rain — and too many cops — made a repainting of the removed cycle path an impossibility. Comments (2)

Do NOT bring your bike into your office today

Sure, the “Bikes in Building” law goes into effect today. But that only starts the process! Comments (7)

Join us for one wild ride

Starting today, The Brooklyn Paper will be following all the rules to ensure that our Metrotech office building follows the “Bike in Building” law. Fasten your seatbelts, it’s going to be a bumpy ride. Comment

UPDATE: OK, we’ve done our part!

The first phase of our effort to bring our bikes into our office has been achieved: We’ve written our boss! Comment
Williamsburg: Exclusive! They may have been caught white-handed, but two people who were arrested this week for repainting the Bedford Avenue bike lane say they’ll go to trial to beat the rap. Comments (1)

Van Brunt project is stalled, but trucks are in gear on Columbia Street

Columbia St Waterfront: Columbia Street residents are sick and tired of construction delays on neighboring Van Brunt Street that are causing traffic congestion in their sleepy corner of the world. Comments (1)
Carroll Gardens: Here she is, Smith Street pedestrians — your new crossing guard. Comments (5)

From bike lane to bike pain on Bedford

Williamsburg: Williamsburg bicyclists — you win some and then you lose some. Comment

Muni-meters coming to Park Slope in January

Park Slope: Park Slope will finally be getting a high-tech facelift on Fifth and Seventh avenues that will free up spots and even allow you to feed the meter with a credit card. Comments (4)

Park Circle looks better than ever — except for drivers!

Windsor Terrace: Cyclists and pedestrians — and horseback riders — are already hailing the still-unfinished transformation of the perilous traffic circle at the southwest corner of Prospect Park, but some drivers are still getting a hang of the overhauled traffic pattern. Comments (11)
Cinema: Here’s one filmmaking competition that really is on a roll. Comment

State promises to fix FDR Drive-Brooklyn Bridge ramp

Possibly the worst thing about living in Brooklyn — the debilitating traffic congestion on the Brooklyn Bridge’s entrance ramp from the southbound FDR Drive — may be getting just a little bit better. Comments (24)
Downtown plan: Downtown is turning into a real walker’s wonderland. Comments (4)

Darn! Alternate-side parking returns to parts of Brooklyn Heights and area

The holiday is almost over for Downtown, Brooklyn Heights, Boerum Hill and Fort Greene. Comments (4)
Williamsburg: In a city that claims to be bike-friendly — and in a neighborhood long believed to be the borough’s cycling epicenter — cops sawed off bikes that had been locked on Bedford Avenue last night. See the shocking YouTube video now! Comments (6)
Williamsburg: Phase II of the transformation of Kent Avenue from a two-way truck route into a one-way northbound street with one of the city’s best bike lanes will begin this weekend, following the much-hailed conversion of the southern portion of the thoroughfare. Comments (1)
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Ride with us on the Kent Avenue bike lane!

Williamsburg: A portion of Kent Avenue in Williamsburg has finally been transformed into the city’s best bike lane — so naturally, our biking editor was on hand to check it out. It’s a wild ride — especially when the protected, two-way lane abruptly ends at Broadway. Comments (15)

Another parking holiday!

Live in Brooklyn Heights, Boerum Hill, Fort Greene or Clinton Hill? Find out where you can park for free for a few weeks! Comment

Pulaski Bridge to go under the knife

Greenpoint: You might want to avoid the Pulaski Bridge starting on Monday when the Greenpoint-to-Long Island City span gets a make-over. Comments (1)

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

Williamsburg: 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. Comments (25)
Atlantic Yards: Critics are calling it “Ratner Road,” but it was city workers who turned a Pacific Street sidewalk into a lane of car traffic. Comments (2)
Fort Greene: The city is hoping to fix Fort Greene’s famous “Seven Corners” intersection. Comment
Park Slope: Everyone on Fifth Avenue agrees that the struggle among cars, trucks, buses, bikes and pedestrians is ridiculous — but over the weekend, it again turned deadly. Comments (22)
Windsor Terrace: The traffic circle at the southeast corner of Prospect Park is such a mess that the neighborhood group most known for its disapproval of the Department of Transportation has joined forces with the hated agency in support of a plan to lessen traffic, ease pedestrian crossing, and improve safety for bicyclists and horses. Comments (3)

City pedals Hamilton Ave bike lane

Carroll Gardens: The ever-expanding network of bike lanes will penetrate deeper into Carroll Gardens and Red Hook later this summer as the city paints fresh routes on Ninth and Columbia streets. Comments (5)

Road awakening at Ikea

Road awakening at Ikea

Red Hook: Fewer people are driving to the one-year-old Ikea in Red Hook than the Swedish superstore expected, but big box traffic is exacerbating backups at a historically pesky intersection, a new study finds. Comments (1)
Park Slope: Flatbush Avenue would become a walkable, livable, shoppable boulevard — no, really! — under a new plan being put forward by a local business group that is frustrated by the dour, traffic-choked strip between Grand Army Plaza and Atlantic Avenue. Comments (17)
Carroll Gardens: A city search to fix the polluted and ugly trench portion of the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway through Cobble Hill and Carroll Gardens is no longer as ambitious as it once was. Comments (3)
Park Slope: Some say Fifth Avenue isn’t wide enough for the both of them: cars and bikes. Comments (15)

Heights spine is Monta-go Street

Brooklyn Heights: Brooklyn Heights residents: grab your walking shoes! For three Sundays in September, pedestrians will take over Montague Street. Comment
Williamsburg: The city unveiled its latest Kent Avenue bike lane plan — this time seeking to bring peace to warring bicyclists, motorists and business owners — but Williamsburg’s inland residents claim the new proposal only makes matters worse. Comments (33)
Williamsburg: The city unveiled its latest Kent Avenue bike lane plan — this time seeking to bring peace to warring bicyclists, motorists and business owners — but Williamsburg’s inland residents claim the new proposal only makes matters worse. Comments (29)
Prospect Heights: Vanderbilt Avenue will become the latest stretch of mean street to become a pedestrian plaza this June, closing to automotive traffic every Sunday. Comment
Park Slope: A Park Slope group voted on Wednesday to support a revolutionary proposal for a two-way bike lane on the park-side of Prospect Park West that would be protected from traffic by a row of parked cars — but demanded that the city delay the project and separate the bikers from the parked cars with a raised median instead of the less-protective painted buffer. Comments (14)
Williamsburg: Talk about your easy riders! Comment

Crash course on the avenue of death and destruction

Boerum Hill: The so-called Avenue of Death and Destruction is still living up to at least part of its name. Comments (2)
Park Slope: Drivers, neighbors and merchants who are forking over handfuls of quarters to pay the newly increased parking meter rates during peak hours on Fifth and Seventh avenues say the city’s so-called “Park Smart” project isn’t living up to its name — because debit cards that render change obsolete aren’t being sold in the neighborhood yet! Comments (5)

Dragnet! Cops nab bikers in red-light sting

Fort Greene: Police cracked down on rule-breaking bicyclists in Fort Greene and Clinton Hill last Friday, issuing tickets for running red lights and then slapping offenders with additional summonses for minor infractions, including one bicyclist who didn’t have a bell. Comments (41)
Bridge ‘Park’: A decades-long project to repair a ready-to-collapse section of the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway finally begins tomorrow night. Comments (4)

He’s arrested for riding on sidewalk!

Is this Clinton Hill biker an unrepentant menace or a cautious father protecting his child from maniac drivers? Comments (37)

‘Alternate’ reality: Fort Greene and Clinton Hill drivers get their parking holiday

Fort Greene: Fort Greene and Clinton Hill will get reduced street cleaning — and with it less of the alternate-side-of-the-street shuffle for drivers — after the city completes a six- to eight-week suspension of alternate-side parking regulations that begins on Monday. Comments (4)
Windsor Terrace: Critics of new restrictions on drivers in Prospect Park mouthed off at city officials on Monday night, lambasting a plan that would make the park safer for cyclists and other park users. Comments (9)
Park Slope: Parking meters tripled in price in the heart of Park Slope on Monday, revving the motors of some drivers, but pleasing local businesses and transportation experts, who have long complained that low-cost street parking discourages turnover and clogs roadways. Comments (4)
Williamsburg: This could be the proposal that has Kent Avenue cyclists and motorists seeing wheel to wheel. Comments (38)
Greenpoint: A car thief heisted a minivan and slammed into a Greenpoint woman, taking the 37-year-old’s life before crashing into a row of parked cars on Monday on Manhattan Avenue. Comments (1)
Park Slope: The wheels are in motion for a revolutionary, two-way bike lane along Prospect Park West that would not only aid cyclists but, supporters say, would also calm the southbound speedway. Comments (26)
Park Slope: A city plan to bar cars from driving out of Prospect Park at two key exits has excited cyclists and walkers — and infuriated a neighborhood group that has long clashed with the city over automotive traffic in the landmarked greenspace. Comments (7)

These cars have boxed her in!

Bay Ridge: Motorists who park their cars on the sidewalks of Bay Ridge are driving Jean Ryan mad. Comments (13)
Park Slope: The people have spoken — and they want two-way streets to fix the mess of Grand Army Plaza and the dangerous “speedways” of Eighth Avenue and Prospect Park West. Comments (8)

Screwed DUMBO driver speaks!

DUMBO: A law-abiding DUMBO driver whose car was ticketed on Monday after the city installed new parking signs says the $115 citation is “unfair.” Comments (6)

City goes full ‘Circle’

City goes full ‘Circle’

Windsor Terrace: The city is dreaming up solutions to the traffic nightmare at Park Circle, the hair-raising roundabout for motorists, cyclists, pedestrians and horseback riders at the southwestern entrance to Prospect Park. Comments (2)

Toro — bike lane advocate — back as CB1 committee chair!

Williamsburg: Williamsburg and Greenpoint are back on a roll. Comments (14)
Park Slope: An SUV plowed into a pedestrian on Eighth Avenue during the morning rush on Monday, sending the 57-year-old man high into the air, witnesses said. Comments (9)

Lights, camera, accidents

Bay Ridge: A string of traffic lights has turned a Dyker Heights drag into a demolition derby, according to neighbors who are calling on the city to remove the signals. Comments (3)

Raging bull! Toro’s firing from CB1 panel is explained

Williamsburg: Get this: the chairwoman of a key North Brooklyn transportation panel was booted from her position because she attempted to correct a factual inaccuracy in the Brooklyn Daily Eagle (of all places). Comments (3)

Run down! CB1 Committee Chair booted over bikes?

Williamsburg–Greenpoint Waterfront: Fasten your seatbelts, Williamsburg — next week’s community board meeting is going to be a “showdown” over the stunning Christmas Eve dismissal of the chairwoman of the transportation committee, who was deposed because of her vocal support for a pair of controversial Kent Avenue bike lanes. Comments (2)
Williamsburg–Greenpoint Waterfront: Opponents of a pair of controversial bike lanes on Kent Avenue have been using school buses to block the street in an act of automotive disobedience — and now they’re publicizing their plans with a billboard blaming the resulting traffic jams on cyclists. Comments (11)

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