More Places to Park Your Bike

6/21/2010 Update:

City Hall finally listens: More Bike Racks to be installed

The lack of bike racks throughout Hoboken has frequently come up here on Hoboken411 – including this update 10 months ago.

36 new bike racks will be installed at various areas throughout the Mile Square, adding about 200 additional spots. While this is great – there are still not quite enough down by the PATH station. However, bar areas of First Street will now have many spots to lock your wheels when you decide to “drink and bike.”


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9/2/2009:

Hoboken may be trying to become more “bicycle friendly” – but one thing that’s been lacking for years, is ample spots to park your eco-friendly self-powered vehicle.

Harassed by HPU employee

bike-locked-to-a-parking-meterOne Hoboken411 reader was hassled for trying to lock her bike to a parking meter to run an errand:

“So, what’s the story on bicycle parking regulations? Yesterday, as I attempted to lock my bike to a parking meter at 515 Washington St., I was “advised” by the meter maid that it’s not allowed. Of course, I asked for the ordinance. Of course, she didn’t know (what else is new?) Rather than create a scene and/or ruin my day, I moved my bike elsewhere. Do you know who or where I can get the real information?”

I briefly checked city code online – and unless I was getting sleepy, I didn’t see any ordinance specifically related to bicycle parking & locking. (I checked chapter 168).

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Put bike racks everywhere!

One thing – in order to encourage residents to ride their bikes (especially for commuting) – many more bike racks need to be installed downtown at the PATH Station / Lackwanna Plaza – as well as the ferry terminal uptown. Folks just find anything secure to lock their bike these days. Additionally, if there is some kind of problem with parking bikes on the sidewalk – then many more racks should be placed along all commercial areas in town. Maybe six per block (three per side)?

Painting bike lanes on a few back streets covers only one small aspect of making Hoboken a truly bike-friendly city.

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71 Comments on "More Places to Park Your Bike"

Irish
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Irish

got hassled a metermaid last night when locking my bike up outside a bar to a parking meter. I laughed at her, asked her to point out the bike racks that the city has installed and challenged her on the ordinance prohibiting me from locking up to a meter. She told me she’s got an image of the ordinance on her phone but “it’s pretty small so you probably won’t be able to read it”. In the end she said it was more of a convenience thing for them b/c she was worried about rubbing up against my chain and getting her uniform dirty 😛

plywood
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plywood

They should give up the ghost on this regulation. As you point out, c’mon, what are the options for locking up a bike? Walk three blocks from a bike rack?

In response to Irish who said:
got hassled a metermaid last night when locking my bike up outside a bar to a parking meter. I laughed at her, asked her to point out the bike racks that the city has installed and challenged her on the ordinance prohibiting me from locking up to a meter. She told me she’s got an image of the ordinance on her phone but “it’s pretty small so you probably won’t be able to read it”. In the end she said it was more of a convenience thing for them b/c she was worried about rubbing up against my chain and getting her uniform dirty 😛

hobposer
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hobposer

All this talking about the town and the bikes and the mayor’s bike is stolen the next day?

bradykp
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bradykp

You know what’s great? After this thread starts, I go for a ride with my wife. Ride up river road, up into edgewater. come back. had no issues really with the vehicles. everyone respected us. we get back into hoboken, and all of a sudden drivers are honking (which is a horrible idea when passing a cyclist) and we’re pedaling 25mph. we get to the bike path down by the river, and there is no less than 40 people walking in either direction. a mother, father, and 2 or 3 kids are walking up it, and two of the kids ran out right in front of my wife. lucky for the boys my wife is nice, and slammed on the breaks and fell over, hurting herself. if i was riding front, i would have plowed the little kids.

no apologies from the parents, they said nothing to the kids. but how could they? they were walking in the bike path too.

talk about entitled? how about using the space that you’re supposed to pedestrians? a-holes in this town.

KenOn10
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KenOn10

Brady, I hope your wife is okay. But, take a deep breath and use some common sense. You’re biking in a bike lane, okay, but it’s a city park with kids everywhere. They’re not “entitled”, just kids running around being kids. Slow the fizzuck down! You might want to head up to 9W if you want to ride 25 mph.

In response to bradykp who said:
You know what’s great? After this thread starts, I go for a ride with my wife. Ride up river road, up into edgewater. come back. had no issues really with the vehicles. everyone respected us. we get back into hoboken, and all of a sudden drivers are honking (which is a horrible idea when passing a cyclist) and we’re pedaling 25mph. we get to the bike path down by the river, and there is no less than 40 people walking in either direction. a mother, father, and 2 or 3 kids are walking up it, and two of the kids ran out right in front of my wife. lucky for the boys my wife is nice, and slammed on the breaks and fell over, hurting herself. if i was riding front, i would have plowed the little kids.

no apologies from the parents, they said nothing to the kids. but how could they? they were walking in the bike path too.

talk about entitled? how about using the space that you’re supposed to pedestrians? a-holes in this town.

bradykp
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bradykp

Well, we weren’t riding 25mph on the bike path, and the bike path runs along the walkway, not the park. the park the pier. In the bike lane, it wasn’t even possible to go faster than 6/7mph, which is not even pedaling.

i meant the 25mph was when we were biking on the road and had a handful of cars honk.

the only reason why i sarcastically said “entitled” is because that’s how some posters keep referring to cyclists. the point is, when cyclists obey all the rules that apply to biking, they still are not safe because of the lack of respect from pedestrians and motor vehicles.

sure, there’s plenty of assholes out there on bikes, but there is no shortage of them on foot or in cars either. especially in this town.

and 9W is a fantastic ride. I might head up there tomorrow but I’d have to go solo.

In response to KenOn10 who said:
Brady, I hope your wife is okay. But, take a deep breath and use some common sense. You’re biking in a bike lane, okay, but it’s a city park with kids everywhere. They’re not “entitled”, just kids running around being kids. Slow the fizzuck down! You might want to head up to 9W if you want to ride 25 mph.

HOB424
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HOB424

what if they put survelliance cameras (hidden ofcourse) by the bike racks. Maybe then they can catch the people stealing them

Red Haven
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Red Haven

I spoke to a friend in law enforcement about the Zimmer bike caper. He says until Dawn actually files and signs a police report stating the bike was stolen that people should take this story with a grain of salt.

When her bike was “stolen” during the campaign more than one person theorized it could be a ruse designed to gain sympathy. Same for when her headquarters banner was supposedly sliced by vandals during the fourth ward race. If I recall correctly she used the incident for maximum PR value, but no complaint was ever filed.

plywood
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plywood

Ruse to gain sympathy? Everyone “in the know” is aware that Zimmer’s bike was covertly seized from in front of City Hall by the FBI under cloak of darkness because it is believed it was ridden by a heretofore unreported and covered-up 4th gunman during the JFK assassination.

For the love of Mike, is everything a scandal until proven otherwise? Has anyone every reported a petty theft in Hoboken and gotten the impression that anything would be done about it other than having a one page form nonchalantly filled out for insurance claims?

In response to Red Haven who said:
I spoke to a friend in law enforcement about the Zimmer bike caper. He says until Dawn actually files and signs a police report stating the bike was stolen that people should take this story with a grain of salt.

When her bike was “stolen” during the campaign more than one person theorized it could be a ruse designed to gain sympathy. Same for when her headquarters banner was supposedly sliced by vandals during the fourth ward race. If I recall correctly she used the incident for maximum PR value, but no complaint was ever filed.

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