Corralling Pedestrians

Is pedestrian traffic cop necessary in Hoboken?

A lot of folks in Hoboken have been bitching lately about the pedestrian traffic change down near Hudson Place. Many people are upset about the fact that they cannot cross Hudson Place at Hudson Street, but have to cross at River Street instead (during rush hours only).

Hoboken Police said this was necessary for the proper flow of vehicles to make the turn onto Hudson Place. Because otherwise heads-down, cellphone-obsessed pedestrians just get in the way, and cause a traffic backlog onto Observer Highway, as well as up Hudson Street and even onto Newark Street.

I personally think this is a logical strategic maneuver to keep things flowing better.

However, do you think that rather than having to pay for an extra person on the job, they should just construct permanent barriers to prevent access altogether?

Pedestrian traffic change in Hoboken NJ

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4 Comments on "Corralling Pedestrians"

Hobokenvet
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Hobokenvet

No Cars During Rush Hour
This area should actually be blocked off to traffic during rush hours (similar how Times Sq. had blocked off traffic to pedestrians) to allow for pedestrian free flow.

It will be safer for all and will still continue to allow for smooth traffic flow. Taxis may only be allowed. There really is no critical reason for cars to be going through that area, esp during those rush hours where foot-traffic is at its peak.

What is clear, this current bandage solution is not a long term solution.

ChrisJr
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ChrisJr

I’ve been a PATH commuter for years and cross the corner in question everyday. The recent change is a pain because when they force all pedestrians to turn left on Hudson Place, the sidewalk on that stretch gets very congested because it has a fence on the curb. Things slow down and then you may get stuck waiting at the light to cross Hudson Place at River.

For those who haven’t noticed, the trick is to just walk down the west side of Hudson Street and cross on the south side of Hudson Place. Then you avoid the congested sidewalk plus the light at River. Plus there is an actual crosswalk across Hudson Street at that spot, so cars generally let you cross.

Rather than a barrier to prevent people from crossing (Hoboken gets bonus points for being so walkable, I’d like to keep it that way), I always wondered why they can’t just close Hudson Place to cars during rush hours. There are few good reasons why someone needs to be driving on that street. There is no parking of any kind and no way to access any business on the street via car (half the businesses are bars anyway). Maybe just allow the shuttles from local buildings to do their drop off at the PATH, which wouldn’t be a big deal.

HomeTeam
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HomeTeam

I’ll be honest, I’m more interested in how much the city is making off the private company that turns Hudson Place into a Valet Parking business around 7pm Wed-Sat.

The Professor
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The Professor

A pedestrian barrier seems like the way to go- though I wonder how many people would attempt to skirt barriers and then get literally stuck in the flow of traffic with no way out. Given the less-than-street-saavy caliber of Hoboken pedestrians, I can see it happening.

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