Maxwell Place hates bikes?

WTF File: Maxwell Place hates bikes on their property

Maxwell Place Hates Bikes cuts locks from visitors to local businessesDespite having “street level retail” open to the public, Maxwell Place apparently does NOT want anyone but residents to park bicycles on their property! And I thought this town was filled with “forward thinking” people… the hits keep coming!

Here’s what Christina had to say about her unfortunate incident from the other day:

“The other day I rode my bike to Maxwell Place to go to Local Barre Core Fitness for an hour. When I came out my bike was gone, it was locked around a tree in the front. I went into the concierge front desk and asked if anyone saw someone steal a bike outside. It was an expensive bike and I was really upset. I found out that the management office cut my bike lock because no bikes can be parked anywhere on Maxwell Place property. I was given back my bike with a business card to the management office. I called the next morning to find out that the condo board members voted “no bikes can be parked on any part of the property.” Since when? How come there aren’t any signs?”

411 Take: Boy if Maxwell Place is so “selective” with who can park bikes on their exclusive property – then how come they haven’t banned non-residents from using the shops there? You make the lowly “visitors” park by Kings or Starbucks and have to (God-forbid) walk an extra block or two?

And who are these condo-owners on the board anyway? I guess when you drive around in $150k Benzes just to pick up your dry-cleaning – I suppose you might be apt to look down on those “peasant” modes of transport as “cheapening” your superficial superior existence.

Maxwell Place Hates Bikes no parking Hoboken NJ

8 Responses

  1. animal_lover says:

    Actually, Federal and state laws require minimum passage on sidewalks. It is the town of Hoboken that regularly violates Rights of Passage laws that indirectly leads residents to believe they can park and ride bicycles where ever they like.

  2. Sphynx says:

    I have no sympathy for cyclists that fl ypark their bikes. It can cause damage to trees. Just google flyparking. If chain your bike to anything but your own property or bike rack, you get what you deserve.

  3. Sphynx says:

    She fly parked the bike to a tree,that would be a $1000 fee in NYC. Bikes should be in racks, if noti don’t blame any property owner for cutting the lock.

  4. animal_lover says:

    Hoboken should be using their PU people to ticket these illegally parked bikes.

  5. Sphynx says:

    A nice idea, but how would they know the difference between a property owner chaining their bike to their own gate and someone chaining to a strangers gate. Some college towns have student monitors who volunteer to tag bikes with warning that are then act upon if the bike is not moved.

    Or if you could call in a trespassing bike to have it removed and impounded.

    • animal_lover says:

      if ANY bike hangs in the sidewalk it is a violation of public right of way passage.[quote comment=”223465″]A nice idea, but how would they know the difference between a property owner chaining their bike to their own gate and someone chaining to a strangers gate. Some college towns have student monitors who volunteer to tag bikes with warning that are then act upon if the bike is not moved.Or if you could call in a trespassing bike to have it removed and impounded.[/quote]

  6. sbcea says:

    I consider myself a very responsible cyclist. Yes there are some (many) in town that need to be educated on the laws of cycling. However, the above arguments would be valid if not for a few important details.

    1) If the case was that bikes were blocking the required minimum passage on sidewalks, then why are all of the double-wide strollers that clog up the area also not confiscated?

    2) Hoboken is supposed to be a bike-friendly community, yet the lack of bike racks makes it very difficult to park anywhere. Property managers should invest in proper bike racks which would attract more customers to their tenants’ businesses.

    3) There’s virtually no place to park a car either. So cars are being ticketed or towed as well. Which is another reason to make the area more bike accessible.

    Right now, there is an exclusionary atmosphere in Maxwell Place that can be a deterrent for folks to come and spend money.

    So, to the property managers of Maxwell Place; Stop blaming the cyclists or the drivers or the outsiders or whatever and work to be more inclusive. You’re part of a city, part of a community. Regardless of whether or not you consider your property private, you have businesses that require public access. It’s in your own best interest to welcome everyone.

    • animal_lover says:

      Rights of passage supersedes wants and desires. I would hope the “most vulnerable user” concept would make clearer responsibilities of drivers ad bikers. The way Hoboken administration operates is not friendly to any modality and most inappropriate/discriminating to pedestrians.

      Maxwell place’s public areas and walkways, as I see it, has not been exclusionary, whereas public parks in Hoboken are.[quote comment=”223470″]I consider myself a very responsible cyclist. Yes there are some (many) in town that need to be educated on the laws of cycling. However, the above arguments would be valid if not for a few important details.1) If the case was that bikes were blocking the required minimum passage on sidewalks, then why are all of the double-wide strollers that clog up the area also not confiscated?2) Hoboken is supposed to be a bike-friendly community, yet the lack of bike racks makes it very difficult to park anywhere. Property managers should invest in proper bike racks which would attract more customers to their tenants’ businesses.3) There’s virtually no place to park a car either. So cars are being ticketed or towed as well. Which is another reason to make the area more bike accessible.Right now, there is an exclusionary atmosphere in Maxwell Place that can be a deterrent for folks to come and spend money.So, to the property managers of Maxwell Place; Stop blaming the cyclists or the drivers or the outsiders or whatever and work to be more inclusive. You’re part of a city, part of a community. Regardless of whether or not you consider your property private, you have businesses that require public access. It’s in your own best interest to welcome everyone.[/quote]

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