What’s wrong with the sidewalks?

What’s wrong with the sidewalks? {Hint: City doesn’t maintain}

Some folks were recently thrilled that the city removed yet more parking spaces in favor of making yet another “safe space” for bicyclists and joggers along Sinatra Drive.

Several dozen parking spots, I believe.

But absent from this bit of “news” is the fact that Sinatra Drive already has sidewalks on BOTH SIDES of the street. Didn’t know that?

safe space for bikes in Hoboken NJ

Yeah, the waterfront sidewalk seems perfectly fine to me, but have you seen the condition of the sidewalk on the west side of the street?

It’s a giant mess!

sinatra drive sidewalk in Hoboken needs to be cleaned up

Years of neglect has caused the hill leading up to Stevens to erode down onto the sidewalk. In some places the width of the sidewalk has been reduced to less than half the original size!

If the city had any common sense, they’d clear this up. In fact, they could even WIDEN that sidewalk by another couple feet in places making it a perfectly viable lane of travel for those not in a car.

sinatra drive sidewalk could be widened

Then we can have our parking spaces back.

But I can imagine it’ll tak a drunk or texting driver that mows down a dozen pedestrians or bicyclists for them to re-think this stupid change.

two sidewalks not enough in Hoboken NJ

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8 Comments on "What’s wrong with the sidewalks?"

briank
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briank

The story doesn’t say, but the pictures show just orange traffic cones. Therefore I assume this is a summertime change to accommodate the higher number of people walking/running/cycling on the waterfront. I don’t want to see this number of spots lost permanently, but the town is definitely not as crowded during the summer months when trying to park. So hopefully it doesn’t have as much of an impact.
As for the city addressing parking too close to intersections, this should be non-negotiable. The practice of parking on intersection corners is very dangerous for pedestrians. I am happy to see bump outs that make intersections safer for the thousand of pedestrians, children, runners, strollers, etc trying to get across intersections.

animal_lover
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animal_lover

The delivery trucks use the bump out for deliveries since no dedicated spots were made for that. I asked a huge PFG truck if he was stuck – he said no just making a delivery. Can’t stop BAU.

HoboSteve
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HoboSteve

The Sidewalks on the heavily trafficked east side of the street are very narrow due to the skate park and the dry dock. Multiple joggers and bikers cannot navigate them safely. This area is mostly recreational, without any businesses at all, so this seems like the best use of space in my opinion. The road is very wide so joggers and bikers can use this temporary path without causing any backups. It’s just cones, so costs are minimial. Aside from a few parking spots being lost, this seems like a great move for public safety, and allows Hoboken residents to enjoy the beautiful waterfront.

animal_lover
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animal_lover

Best? Safely?

abacha
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abacha
Hobo Steve, as someone that has used Sinatra Drive as a reliable place to park for 30 years and as someone that has jogged regularly there as well I have to strongly disagree with you. We all know how difficult Hoboken is for us poor folks who can’t afford to put our cars in a lot and the waterfront area has been a savior when I am looking for a place to park. You say that the only thing that was given up was a few parking spots, the exact number is in the mid 30s, that combined with the 24 spots that will be lost when Trader Joes opens up and the additional 8 spots that were lost on the street across from City Hall. That’s over 60 parking spots that we have lost in the space of a month or so. Oh and let me guess that there are more losses coming. It just seems that the administration is constantly taking away more and more parking spaces and giving NOTHING in return, NOTHING. I walk around town and it just infuriates me to see all of the rules that have been put into place and it’s just gone way too far, do we really need 2 car lengths of open space to the intersection???? I have never seen another town that enforces this law. How many spaces have been lost to this rule? We as car owners have been asked to give up far too much. It’s as… Read more »
animal_lover
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animal_lover

The entire parking garage at Park and 13th was turned into condos w no getback for the city on those well over a hundred spots. Combine that w the Planning Board not even requiring ONE shot per unit we have a net loss greater than all the spots in the garage.

HoboSteve
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HoboSteve

I have a car and park on the street, so I understand the struggle but stand by my statement.

But totally understand that your beef is with the system as a whole, and not with this specific temporary stretch of road.

animal_lover
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animal_lover

this road was previously closed under Mayor Roberts on weekends for recreation. I don’t recall park cars being removed.

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