Reader Mail: I quit the bike lanes!

9/11/2009:

Hoboken411 reader Scott shares his experiences with the new Bike Lanes in Hoboken…

Not worth it at all

“I have to admit that I was a bit excited when the bike lanes were painted in Hoboken. I normally took Garden St. downtown to the PATH, but decided to be a good citizen and go a few blocks out of my way to utilize the new, supposedly safer bike lanes. But I give up. Each day I pedal down Grand, there are tons of double parked cars, weaving in and out, that I almost got hit the other day (and is why I’m writing). Until the city completely cracks down on the offending cars and SUV’s, I’ll continue taking my old route downtown.”

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33 Comments on "Reader Mail: I quit the bike lanes!"

cyclewag
Member
cyclewag

All in all, a healthy exchange of ideas. In the iterim there are a few possible remedies that might help with benefit all of us in the 1 square mile town:
1) if we treated each other with common respect and watched out for one another’s safety. (that means not being selfish)
2) enforcement of the traffic code
3) better signage along the waterfront path
4) educating walkers/runner NOT to wear head phones or if they must then at to least extra pay attention
5) education across the city (flyer cars and flyer all mail boxes about us all getting along— quality of life issues)
6) Involement of Hoboken City government’s Qualtity of Life coalition

I know if we try we could actually gain some ground.

kooky kat
Member

Those retractable dog leashes are evil. Some giant dog decided to chase after the fed ex guy tied up OUTSIDE THE GATES at Texas Arizona that thing wrapped around my ankles and nearly severed my foot (no joke, I could see BONE on the front of my ankle).

I agree, these things should be outlawed. You want your dog to run? Take him to the dog run, or move to the country. You live in a city with loads of foot traffic, those things are dangerous!!

realstuff
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realstuff

Bike lanes are one small part of a safety effort…adressing major public safety transportation and traffic issues are not a joking matter. realstuff feels that (unfortunately) some people are just real jerks at times. Too many people are injured and killed by motor vehicles…let’s get with the program. I don’t ride a bike but I am concerned with our safety.

truth1
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truth1

Yep, non enforcement of the rules and laws are like not having any controls at all. Bike riders going the wrong way, no full stops at stop signs and when making a right turn (when permissible) on red, excessive speed, and careless use of cell phones when driving. Of course, double parking and parking in crosswalks are the prevalent non-moving violations. Of course, there are the jaywalkers…..the bike lanes are not the safety problem, people are.

benno
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benno

i find I run into a lot of retractable dog leashes along the waterfront on the bike paths there. Also in intersections where people let their dogs run far out in front of them. And when I’m running, they stretch across the sidewalk. But if I’m lucky, it’s a short person holding the leash low and I can at least hurdle them.

Public policy has for a long time catered to the automobile, and really this town has hit the breaking point. Everyone feels it’s their right to park right in front of their home- and truthfully, why drive 8 blocks to the supermarket if you have to park 4 blocks from home? It was easier before the town gentrified when not everyone had a car, but now we’re just full up. So now you get overprivileged people feeling it’s their right to double park- intersections, bollards and bikes be damned.

Bikes could be very useful in cutting down both traffic and parking problems, but it requires two things: strict enforcement of traffic laws (for both cars AND bikes), and places to securely & legally lock up bikes. The lines & lanes are useless if everyone ignores them.

strand tramp
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strand tramp
according to hoboken dog laws leashes may not be more than 6 feet in length. i’m guessing that all those folks with those 30 foot retractable leashes could get a $100.00 fine if the city ever chose to enforce our laws. if you are injured by one you coould certainly go to court and win. In response to benno who said: i find I run into a lot of retractable dog leashes along the waterfront on the bike paths there. Also in intersections where people let their dogs run far out in front of them. And when I’m running, they stretch across the sidewalk. But if I’m lucky, it’s a short person holding the leash low and I can at least hurdle them. Public policy has for a long time catered to the automobile, and really this town has hit the breaking point. Everyone feels it’s their right to park right in front of their home- and truthfully, why drive 8 blocks to the supermarket if you have to park 4 blocks from home? It was easier before the town gentrified when not everyone had a car, but now we’re just full up. So now you get overprivileged people feeling it’s their right to double park- intersections, bollards and bikes be damned. Bikes could be very useful in cutting down both traffic and parking problems, but it requires two things: strict enforcement of traffic laws (for both cars AND bikes), and places to securely & legally lock up bikes. The… Read more »
Stabone130
Member

I’m a dog owner (w/ a retractable leash) and I’m pretty sure only 4′ is allowed….not 6′. At least thats what the sign at Elysian Park says.

In response to strand tramp who said:
according to hoboken dog laws leashes may not be more than 6 feet in length. i’m guessing that all those folks with those 30 foot retractable leashes could get a $100.00 fine if the city ever chose to enforce our laws. if you are injured by one you coould certainly go to court and win.

pawzclawz
Member
pawzclawz

Does anyone know that retractable leashes have a lock button? You can get the leash to an agreeable length and lock it in place. This way it’s not tripping or cutting people.

In response to Stabone130 who said:
I’m a dog owner (w/ a retractable leash) and I’m pretty sure only 4′ is allowed….not 6′. At least thats what the sign at Elysian Park says.

strand tramp
Member
strand tramp

i posted the hoboken city dog laws right here 2 weeks ago. the signs at elysian park also say keep the f’ng dogs off the grass. ever notice any dog owners observing THAT law?

In response to Stabone130 who said:
I’m a dog owner (w/ a retractable leash) and I’m pretty sure only 4′ is allowed….not 6′. At least thats what the sign at Elysian Park says.

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