10th & Bloom (still) needs upgrade

9/22/2009:

How do you make unsafe parking stop?

Despite the minimal effort to make this intersection at 10th and Bloomfield safer – blatant abuse continues – this time from local gardening shop Beethoven’s Veranda, who blocked the intersection and crosswalk while unloading critical plants to their store. I especially took notice because of the wheelchair-bound resident who had to maneuver around it to cross the street.

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Challenge to the Hoboken Parking Czar

Since we have Ian Sacs, the newly appointed Parking Director and Traffic Genius – I openly present the following challenge:

  1. Find a way to eliminate the possibility of illegally parked vehicles in ALL intersections and crosswalks – on all eight sides – without impeding the possible use by emergency fire or police vehicles.
  2. Figure out what to do with the 1,000+ extra cars now looking for parking daily.
  3. Then decide what to do when the city coffers get lighter from the reduced parking violation receipts – without raising costs for those that DO abide by the law.

It’s my opinion that pedestrian and driver safety trumps parking violations revenue any day of the week.

SEE ALL PREVIOUS UPDATES ABOUT THIS “INTERSECTION POSTER CHILD” AFTER THE JUMP…

9/10/2009 Update:

Bollards aren’t helping

Hoboken411 reader Jarrod noticed that the new parking bollards at the corner of 10th and Bloomfield are actually making the situation worse. I’m telling you – they shouldn’t put them so close to the curb. Make them SIX feet from the curb to eliminate this problem!

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“Here’s the photo that I showed you earlier today. To let you know, I witnessed the driver double park his car in front of the pylons and leave it there as he went into Anthony Davids. I’ve noticed people in the past (especially a black BMW station wagon) who like to park in front of the pylons as well, jutting into the crosswalk and intersection. I don’t know what can be done about this; it looks like people will do what they want, no matter what steps are taken. Thanks.”

8/25/2009 Update:

Grade: D-minus / Incomplete

OK – so some parking bollards were installed on the south east corner of 10th Street at Bloomfield today.

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This is all fine and dandy – IF THEY COMPLETE the rest of job. However, if this is the only part of my suggested solution the city implements – you might as well NOT have installed anything.

Here’s a major component of what makes this intersection dangerous: The visibility of the stop sign. Take a look at this photo – a giant SUV is three feet from the hydrant – blocking. Need bollards there, too. Additionally, that first tree in on Bloomfield needs to get cut down. It’d bending over – also blocking the stop sign from a distance. A SECOND stop sign should also be installed on the other side of the street as an alternative.

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SEE THE WHOLE PROBLEM (AND MY SOLUTIONS) BELOW…

8/7/2009 Update:

Making do on campaign promises

I’m bumping this entry today – because the intersection at 10th and Bloomfield needs attention immediately. Just this week alone, there were at least three near misses/hits. Cars parked all the way to the corner, giant delivery trucks, limited visibility, and hardly any meaningful speed deterrents.

Before someone gets KILLED here (and is on the administration for lack of action) – let’s see how Mayor / Councilwoman / Council President Dawn Zimmer follows through on her campaign promise to “Agressively seek traffic calming measures and improved visibility.”

Hoboken411 recommends:

I’ve already made 100% sensible and practical suggestions to improve the situation dramatically. Now that all the hard work thinking about what to do is done – let’s see how long it takes. Forward this entry (http://hoboken411.com/archives/16295) if you need to. (This suggested solution below was published originally in January 2009)

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  1. Put those new parking bollards up on BOTH SIDES of the southern half of Bloomfield. I understand those pylons are good to help cars see cars – however, many drivers only stay on the lookout for other cars coming. What about pedestrians on the opposite side? Putting them on both sides reduces the need for a pedestrian to also have to “peek out” to see if cars are coming. Keep in mind this is a relatively busy intersection because of the proximity to the bus stop on 10th and Wash. (note: to those that say “oh, but there’s a fire hydrant in front of Anthony David’s… Do you know how often people use that as a temporary parking spot?)
  2. Ditto the same on the east side of the 10th Street half. This street is very narrow (one of the hardest to parallel park on too). By putting the bollards on both sides not only improves safety, but helps larger trucks make the turn.
  3. To further enhance pedestrian safety, put a speed bump in this area as well.
  4. Lastly, as you can see from this satellite image, there’s an car parked illegally in front of Brian David Realtors. I’ve overheard on the Hoboken411 Live Police and Fire Channel “trucks getting held up – can’t make the turn.” Put a few bollards here too for good measure.

IF SOMEONE GETS HURT OR DIES HERE – WOULD YOU PROTEST IN FRONT OF THE MAYOR’S HOUSE DEMANDING ACTION???

See the original incident below…

7/15/2009 Update:

Wanted to bump this story from earlier this year – about how a resident was struck by a vehicle, and that this intersection at 10th and Bloomfield is in need of safety improvements.

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Still recovering – intersection as bad as always

Sheri, who was the individual injured, updated Hoboken411 about her condition:

“Since the accident in January, I’ve been hospitalized 6 times and finally underwent serious surgery June 11. My hip had become detached from my spine and needed to be fused together. I was hospitalized for six days and on morphine. It’s been six months of excrutiating pain and suffering, and a month after surgery I still cannot walk more than a few feet.

I truly believe if there was a light at the corner of 10th and Bloomfield this could have been avoided, and would love to start a grass roots organization to have a light put up. We have too many children on this block to protect.”

Maybe not a light, but something?

While I think a traffic light at this intersection might be just a bit too much – where are the improvements? Any improvements?

Seems like the intersection got some attention, but has been long forgotten. I mentioned several easy-to-implement ideas, but nothing has been done. I suppose it’ll take another bad accident for it to get noticed again?

1/30/2009:

Quick action, but more required

A couple things to note.

For starters, I’m glad to see Councilman Peter Cunningham get involved (see his note after the picture) – and it seems that the HPD is paying attention to this intersection – as five summonses were issued early this morning (around 4am – yep almost three days without sleep – minus this 15 minute nap I had at some point).

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Cunningham responds

peter-cunningham-in-pickup-truck.jpg“I spoke to the Chief Lisa today and we discuss the accident and the overall problem with public safety and the lack thereof in our neighborhood. Its a problem on Bloomfield, Garden, Park and Willow. This is particularly a problem during rush hour where commuters are leaving and parents/kids are heading off to school. We discussed lack of presence, equipment for tracking speed and rolling through stop signs and their data collection; the lack of metrics and not knowing how many tickets have been issued and for what offense. It is a problem here and in many other parts of Hoboken.

Lt. Wehrhan is responsible for traffic safety, and we want to know what his plan is to keep our streets safe. I have traded a call with him and we will speak tomorrow I am sure. Questions will be… where are the tickets? Where is the community police (not really his responsibility – but they should work hand in hand), where is the equipment, where is the grant money being spent and most importantly, what is the plan? The Chief is working on the tickets for the last six months – all moving violations by location and for what offense. I sent him the video shot from the corner of 11th and Bloomfield and he has acknowledged receipt and its viewing showing one offense after another…

And we will now move forward with a community outreach meeting where we can have face time with the Hoboken Police Department. I will set a location for the near future.

Thanks,

Peter Cunningham

1/29/2009:

Many intersections in Hoboken are dangerous. Whether it’s a narrow street – or the notorious “cars parked in the crosswalk” – the intersection of 10th and Bloomfield is a particularly bad one.

Yesterday, a Hoboken resident was hit by a car while she crossing Bloomfield Street. In addition to 5th Ward Councilman Peter Cunningham being notified of the situation, Here’s what one neighbor sent out. See my recommendation(s) afterward.

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How do we make the city safer?

Hello, as I write this I am sitting at Hoboken Medical Center with our fellow Bloomfield neighbor Sheri, who was hit by a car at the stop sign while crossing Bloomfield to buy index cards for her daughter at Tucker Drugs. Apparently the driver did not stop at the stop sign (as usual at that intersection.) Sheri is conscious and able to move all of her limbs, with some neck and back pain for now- but they still need to do an x-ray.

As she is waiting for her x-rays, I am wondering if anything can be done to keep this from happening to our other friends, our kids, our dogs, ourselves.

While it is only safest to take the “pedestrian beware” tack, I have often myself mistaken the pause that these drivers take for actual awareness on the driver’s part of my presence. I have also been bumped by 3 separate cars within a four-block radius of my apartment, just over the course of 3 years.

I have witnessed many near misses of the same type at the 10th street intersection, often while sitting and eating breakfast at Anthony David’s. (411 Note: Jon Corzine likes to eat there – and three of his security envoy SUV’s also block that intersection). These same drivers often manage to exceed 35 mph on our block before “stopping” (read: briefly pausing) at the 11th street stop sign, heedless of the possibility of one of the over 30 children on our block stepping out from between parked cars as happened a few years ago in Manhattan.

If anyone has any ideas as to a solution for this, please let me know. I am hoping that the two car vs. human accidents we have had on the block in the last 6 months alone is enough to pique the interest of our police force and local council members. I also think a street light and a sign that reads: “stop on the line” etc. might help, but more often it is just an awareness of police presence that reminds people to read signs- apparently a speed bump is not enough!

Thanks for your time, and please forward this email to those who can make a difference!

That’s it for now.

If anyone has any other intersections that are “dangerously in need of safety enhancement,” send them to me. Might as well suggest as many as we can for the record.

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178 Comments on "10th & Bloom (still) needs upgrade"

plywood
Member
plywood

Also assuming HPD is unaware of the problem now and doesn’t know who owns half of these cars.

oceanbloo
Member
oceanbloo

The flagrant use of those police badges in the window should actually embarrass the police. Do legitimate police even know how those things are being abused? I once saw a woman in her 60s double park in a bus stop, throw her shield in the window, run into Carlo’s for some dessert, come back to her car, pull the shield out of the window, and drive off. She was NOT doing police business, and I would bet my life that she was not actually a police officer. Wish I would have taken a photo and/or movie of the incident.

Furey
Member

To the topic on hand, here’s a question.

What about some kind of web-cam based solution for the bad corners? How expensive would it be for a web-cam with WiFi that streams video to the public & police?

Lets say you had 411 at home, doing his normal stuff, but he also had streaming video from a public webcam of the “problem corner(s)”. He sees a car parked illegally, he can call the cops saying “Hey 10th and Bloom, we have an illegal car”

The webcam is recorded. The evidence is there. The cops go to the car, ticket the car (or even can catch them after leaving, because the car is on tape, and if the webcam is positioned right, you can catch their license plate).

I don’t think we should do this for EVERY corner in Hoboken, but there must be “hot spots” in town like this that don’t require us necessarily to hire 3 NJDOT cops. But I think the fines collected will pay for the WiFi and webcams in a short period of time.

strand tramp
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strand tramp

you must be assuming that the web-cams will write the tickets…because the HPD certainly will not.

In response to Furey who said:
To the topic on hand, here’s a question.

What about some kind of web-cam based solution for the bad corners? How expensive would it be for a web-cam with WiFi that streams video to the public & police?

Lets say you had 411 at home, doing his normal stuff, but he also had streaming video from a public webcam of the “problem corner(s)”. He sees a car parked illegally, he can call the cops saying “Hey 10th and Bloom, we have an illegal car”

The webcam is recorded. The evidence is there. The cops go to the car, ticket the car (or even can catch them after leaving, because the car is on tape, and if the webcam is positioned right, you can catch their license plate).

I don’t think we should do this for EVERY corner in Hoboken, but there must be “hot spots” in town like this that don’t require us necessarily to hire 3 NJDOT cops. But I think the fines collected will pay for the WiFi and webcams in a short period of time.

strand tramp
Member
strand tramp

if you cannot afford $75.00 then how do you pay for the car and gas and insurance?

Asmodeus
Member
Asmodeus

This is difficult?

1- Hire the Hoboken equivalent of NYDOT brownies…about 3 fulltime should do to start with

2 – Triple parking fines

3- Bownies could also be authorized to issue fines for sanitation violations (sidewalk shoveling, garbage out too early or recycling infractions)

4- triple the fines of those items too

5- what shortfall?

elainetyger
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elainetyger

Unless the police and the parking authority give out tickets to every car in the same way no matter what badge or placard is in the window and no matter how many years the driver spent at Hoboken High, you will see an increase in revenue but no visible decrease in the number of double parking and other violations.

In response to Asmodeus who said:
This is difficult?

1- Hire the Hoboken equivalent of NYDOT brownies…about 3 fulltime should do to start with

2 – Triple parking fines

3- Bownies could also be authorized to issue fines for sanitation violations (sidewalk shoveling, garbage out too early or recycling infractions)

4- triple the fines of those items too

5- what shortfall?

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