More Reverse Parking in Hoboken

Reverse Parking has other issues in Hoboken

This story contains many of the “issues” presented about reverse parking in Hoboken, like here on Willow Ave. Carbon Monoxide, inability to judge curbs, and more.

But I forgot about one that no one else has brought up. They claim that their “studies” indicate that it may be safer to park this way rather than head in. While that can be reasonably argued – one thing cannot. Parking like this causes costlier accidents.

What do I mean by that? When OTHER cars traveling on the road get involved in an accident, and they STRIKE A PARKED CAR (happens all the time in Hoboken).

The result? Costlier repairs to the PARKED CAR (front end damage always costs more than rear-end damage). This can raise insurance rates overall.

So in general, things always “even out” somehow.

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Pedestrian struck as car reverses onto sidewalk in Hoboken

8/27/2014 Update:

We told you already that this reverse-angle parking in Hoboken was a bad idea for several reasons, including the fact that MOST people cannot judge (i.e., “have a good feel for”) the dimensions of the REAR of their car. 99% of the time you’re focused on the FRONT. It’s human nature actually, but by now making it mandatory to expect people to immediately have the skill-set required for backing into parking spots like this is unrealistic. And look what happened today – a pedestrian was “roughed up” by a car that hopped the curb.

Hoboken resident Faith Lauter had this to say: “My friend just fell on Willow and 11th because a car went up on the curb while reverse parking. Her hands and knees are busted as a result!”

Injury caused by reverse angle parking in Hoboken NJ

My 9 News also covers reverse angle parking in Hoboken

8/22/2014 Update:

“My9’s Vice President and Station Manager looks at the latest parking problem to plague the city of Hoboken, New Jersey: Reverse-angle parking. The city put these spots on a busy stretch of Willow Ave forcing drivers to back up between two cars while traffic waits.”

Don’t say we didn’t tell you so!

Willow Ave. Reverse Parking in Hoboken

8/11/2014:

For those of us who are still skilled at driving a motor vehicle – how we park is not a concern. Parallel parking (on the left or right), straight in parking, or reverse angle parking does not matter. We know how to operate our cars, and have the physical capabilities (eyes, ears, arms, etc.) to ensure that we never have any issues whatsoever.

However, in today’s “make it so easy for everyone” world – it appears that we no longer hold a level of competence up for the rest of the drivers.

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Is reverse angle parking safer? Present any new issues?

As Hudson County completed the Willow Ave resurfacing between 11th and 13th Streets recently, they implemented a change in how cars park. This was tried up on Madison St. recently too. Apparently “traffic studies” show that parking this way, instead of head-in, is a little bit safer. They might be right, but we just presume it shifts any potential safety hazard to initially parking rather than leaving the spot – but whatever they say is fine with us.

But some residents have already pointed out a few NEW issues to contend with. What do you think?

Is reverse angle parking toxic?

On just one block – we witnessed three cars running for extended periods. People have expressed concerns about carbon monoxide seeping into the apartments the car exhaust pipes face. City puppets, instead of admitting it’s a valid worry – cited already on the books statutes that prohibit “idling.” Just wait until the winter – when people warm their cars for a long time!

Thank God Willow Ave. is a straight shot to the hospital.

Reverse Parking Willow Avenue Hoboken NJ carbon monoxide

Reverse angle parking a threat to pedestrians?

Another resident told us they nearly got struck by a car reversing in. Because there are no “buffer bumpers” other than the curb itself – the new concern is that people aren’t used to judging the distance of the rear of their car. Another well thought-out project in New Jersey.

Take a look at this van, almost occupying half of the sidewalk. But don’t worry – they have a storage room of high-priced lawyers drooling over the future billable hours.

Reverse Parking Willow Avenue Hoboken NJ pedestrian safety

Mix and Match – let’s do it both ways!

I can see this being fun. The newbies out there can’t comprehend how to park in reverse, and still do it the old way. Wonder how many new accidents this arrangement will create?

Reverse Parking Willow Avenue Hoboken NJ wrong way

Maybe this is what politicians mean when they say “change?”

24 Responses

  1. jonsie says:

    Diane could use a little help backing up!

  2. sunnybrook says:

    Can anyone elaborate as to why this was allowed on a busy Willow St. yet was barred on a somewhat less busy stretch of Madison St. by the Shop-Rite (after already being put in play I might add)?

    If someone is seriously injured or killed by a driver in this area, you can bet the city will be facing a major lawsuit and/or criminal charges depending on who made this call.

    Bottom line, if they mayor was involved in this parking stripe debacle she should be impeached.

    • animal_lover says:

      The Mayor continues upping the level of public health and safety risk. Any negative outcomes she tries to snuff out by control ing the local media and prevents police from writing reports. When the City losses a case she has more cars ticketed/towed to cover the costs.[quote comment=”223645″]Can anyone elaborate as to why this was allowed on a busy Willow St. yet was barred on a somewhat less busy stretch of Madison St. by the Shop-Rite (after already being put in play I might add)?If someone is seriously injured or killed by a driver in this area, you can bet the city will be facing a major lawsuit and/or criminal charges depending on who made this call.Bottom line, if they mayor was involved in this parking stripe debacle she should be impeached.[/quote]

  3. luvfelines says:

    I don’t see what the problem is if it is safer.

    • hoboken411 says:

      That’s part of the problem. You BELIEVE it’s safer. What this boils down to is the following:

      1. Those who “manage” this stupid population-controlling shit want to feel like they “made a difference,” and that often includes “changing” the way things were working for decades.

      2. They’ll mount a media propaganda campaign against the status quo – publish a few bogus “reports” or “studies” and run with it until their balls turn blue.

      3. Once the sheeple buy into it (often takes a generation or two or three) – they implement their so-called “change.” They get credit, manipulate statistics, etc. until they die.

      In other words – this “change” was not for the purpose of changing it for the better, but rather changing it to give PARTICULAR people credit for said change. Status. Recognition. (or as we say – bullshit!)

      In the end it’s just stupid manipulation and distraction. I could park on a dirt road, forest, highway for that matter. I don’t need some government agency telling me what is better. All it takes is for some toddler to get turned into meaty pasta sauce for this fruity arrangement to get removed in a heartbeat. Please wake up, people![quote comment=”223646″]I don’t see what the problem is if it is safer.
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      • animal_lover says:

        HOBOKEN411, I can not agree with you more, nor could have I expressed it better!
        [quote comment=”223648″]That’s part of the problem. You BELIEVE it’s safer. What this boils down to is the following:1. Those who “manage” this stupid population-controlling shit want to feel like they “made a difference,” and that often includes “changing” the way things were working for decades.2. They’ll mount a media propaganda campaign against the status quo – publish a few bogus “reports” or “studies” and run with it until their balls turn blue.3. Once the sheeple buy into it (often takes a generation or two or three) – they implement their so-called “change.” They get credit, manipulate statistics, etc. until they die.In other words – this “change” was not for the purpose of changing it for the better, but rather changing it to give PARTICULAR people credit for said change. Status. Recognition. (or as we say – bullshit!)In the end it’s just stupid manipulation and distraction. I could park on a dirt road, forest, highway for that matter. I don’t need some government agency telling me what is better. All it takes is for some toddler to get turned into meaty pasta sauce for this fruity arrangement to get removed in a heartbeat. Please wake up, people![/quote]

      • hoboken411 says:

        @animal_lover – thanks – but that is the way all people should think these days… “Qui Bono?” Who does it benefit?

        Any time a “gov’t agency” is involved – doesn’t matter what level (local, county, state, etc.) there is a “backside” to whatever action is in play. Maybe not always – but a serious 99% rate.

        But unfortunately – the gross majority of the population does NOT think that way.

        That’s all for now. Pretty straight forward actually.

        PS – Why do you think it is that there is such a SLOW movement towards REDUCING our gov’t size and reach? Is it because people are stupid? Distracted? Or are the opposing forces getting squashed?[quote comment=”223651″]HOBOKEN411, I can not agree with you more, nor could have I expressed it better!

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        [quote comment=”223651″]HOBOKEN411, I can not agree with you more, nor could have I expressed it better!

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  4. briank says:

    This woman is either tanking her parking job on purpose or if she actually can’t back up, she shouldn’t have a license to drive. Stay in Ny if you don’t like it.
    I don’t care either way, so I sort of agree with 411 that it’s change for change sake, but am willing to listen to road engineers before this ill informed woman. (How exactly did he bike lane in the video, which is in the street, endanger pedestrians? She is full of it).
    As for blocking traffic while parking- this happens on EVERY street in hoboken as people parallel park. If a car goes over the double yellow while this moron tried to reverse, that other car is the issue, not the parking situation.

  5. animal_lover says:

    The Federal Highway Commission recommends protecting pedestrians by removing the pedestrian from the cars. So in this case it is moving the care around not a no table countermeasure. In this case it would be preferable place an inland even if it meant removing a number of parking places to do so in the blocks between 11th and 14th.

  6. YouStayCl@ssyHoboken says:

    Looks like the formula for a windfall of improper parking tickets.

  7. HansBrix says:

    I have to pile on the “this is idiotic” bandwagon. How many people didn’t think “huh?” Or “WTF?” the first time they saw this? I thought it was damn peculiar the first time I saw it.

    No one’s practiced or prepared. And we all know how good typical drivers are at picking up new skills. Body shop owners are no doubt delighted.

    This is the Common Core curriculum of the driving world.

    • animal_lover says:

      Stupid is as stupid does! It seems that the acts of stupidity are speeding up. In this Administration becoming more desperate?[quote comment=”223653″]I have to pile on the “this is idiotic” bandwagon. How many people didn’t think “huh?” Or “WTF?” the first time they saw this? I thought it was damn peculiar the first time I saw it.No one’s practiced or prepared. And we all know how good typical drivers are at picking up new skills. Body shop owners are no doubt delighted.This is the Common Core curriculum of the driving world.[/quote]

  8. homeworld says:

    Wow the lady in this video is the worst driver I’ve ever seen. I’d hate to see her try to parallel park.

  9. no hype says:

    I personally think the reversed angle parking is much easier and safer than parallel parking and front-in angle parking; its also very easy to get in and out of the parking stall. The fact that people do not know how to drive their car in reverse without using their three mirrors is not a reason to ban this type of parking arrangement.

    The problem with the Willow St setup is that the sidewalk is just way too narrow… they needed to extend the sidewalk another 3-4′ or install parking blocks to prevent the car’s “overhang” from extending into the sidewalk area. Unfortunately you cannot fix people who do not know how to drive their cars properly (that is evident by the people who can’t parallel parking properly which is always fun to watch while drinking as beer on Washington St).

  10. homeworld says:

    How do these people that can’t handle backing up their car manage to parallel park, a procedure that takes a lot more maneuvering than just skimpy backing into a space?

    Our parents and grandparents drove much larger cars without the bells and whistles of backup cameras, sensors, and large mirrors. Maybe if people were less focused on texting and whatever else they’re doing instead of driving they’d actually be able to drive their car.

  11. CW McCall says:

    Reverse angle parking is a terrible idea, there is no doubt in my mind, but people also suck at backing up. It’s not that hard. And, in a few years, all cars will be required to have cameras which makes it EZ-mode.

  12. animal_lover says:

    I just saw a two and three year old on a razor. The exhaust pipe is not far at all from their little faces.

    • sunnybrook says:

      Children are not of legal voting age and did not vote for the mayor – thus she or her political hacks really could care less.

      Also interesting to note that this ridiculous parking setup is only in front of Applied Housing and I don’t think it’s going out on too much of a limb that they didn’t vote for the mayor either. Coincidence? I think not.

      In a few years when these residents start developing lung cancer (or we have a new mayor), maybe things will change.[quote comment=”223679″]I just saw a two and three year old on a razor. The exhaust pipe is not far at all from their little faces.[/quote]

      • animal_lover says:

        The entire block across from Wallace school is condo and the residences between 12th and 13th are no longer under the 40 year tax abatement and the units are being rented under market conditions. And yes I hope they all educate themselves on the issues and participate in the democratic process including voting.

        Did I mention these tiny tots are also riding on the sidewalks at dusk – which is very dangerous for both them and those with low vision.[quote comment=”223682″]Children are not of legal voting age and did not vote for the mayor – thus she or her political hacks really could care less.Also interesting to note that this ridiculous parking setup is only in front of Applied Housing and I don’t think it’s going out on too much of a limb that they didn’t vote for the mayor either. Coincidence? I think not.In a few years when these residents start developing lung cancer (or we have a new mayor), maybe things will change.[/quote]

  13. tommyhoboken2 says:

    If you can’t back your car into a parking space you shouldn’t be allowed to drive…

    • animal_lover says:

      Yes sure Tommy we all agree but it has nothing to do with the point.[quote comment=”223690″]If you can’t back your car into a parking space you shouldn’t be allowed to drive…[/quote]

  14. rich k says:

    The other “plus” of back-in diagonal parking is that in an age of mostly front wheel drive vehicles, it becomes much easier to tow you after you’ve been parked 2 hours and 1 minute.

    • homeworld says:

      Or when it snows, easier to drive out. [quote comment=”224359″]The other “plus” of back-in diagonal parking is that in an age of mostly front wheel drive vehicles, it becomes much easier to tow you after you’ve been parked 2 hours and 1 minute.[/quote]

  15. annmarief says:

    Someone has to stop them. Has anyone seen the plan? It is going to be a mess. I have written to them least once but maybe twice. The city is looking for “support” and not critical comments.

    So I guess they don’t tolerate comments or criticism. If I were a business on Washington Street I would not be happy. Willow Ave. is horrible. I used to own a place there and am glad I sold it. Someone was on drugs when they did that plan. They probably don’t live in Hoboken but instead a suburb that has a lot more room for all that. Reverse parking in counter-intuitive, makes no sense!

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