Bike Lanes: Waste of Paint?
Do you believe the bike lane hype?
Hoboken411 received an email from a resident who’s fed up with the bike lanes in town after nearly getting decapitated at 13th and Bloomfield Streets. She sent a letter to Mayor Zimmer and soccer buddy turned bike-whiz Ian Sacs.
“Living in Hoboken for over 25 years, I’ve totally been able to hold my own. We all have. But one item I’d like to bring to your attention is those bike lanes you’ve been promoting the hell out of the past year.
I’m not a full-time bike rider, but I do occasionally take some trips along the waterfront or to a store downtown for a quick errand. I’ve never had an incident where I felt I was in danger from moving vehicles or open car doors. Things were just fine. I rode my bike in a way I felt was proper.
I noticed that some side streets had bike symbols and arrows painted on them in the past few months. And after reading some of the press releases from city hall, and how “safe” these markings were supposed to make our streets, I decided to give the city the benefit of the doubt.
Riding home from the Hoboken Farm Boy the other day, I took a left onto 13th Street, following the bike lane as I was supposed to do. Next thing I know, a car door opens 10 feet in front of me. I quickly swerved out of the way to avoid the door, but flipped the bike in the process, scraping my shoulder and spilling my vegetables and vitamins. The driver apologized and was kind enough to help me get back on my feet. I wasn’t injured badly, and just wanted to get home to collect my senses.
But I noticed that the bike path markings were practically gone from the street. What kind of paint did the city waste taxpayer dollars on? Watercolor?
Please don’t waste any more time and effort with these ridiculous bike markings that are designed to socially condition residents. All the neighbors I’ve spoken with also think they’re useless. And why on such narrow streets? The only way I see any kind of designated bike lane working is if parking was completely removed from one side. And that ain’t happening anytime soon.
So please get back to work and try focusing on more important needs in Hoboken. Like lowering our taxes and maintaining adequate police and fire departments. You’re going about it all wrong.”
See previous bike lane story after the jump…
Does it do any good?
There’s been quite a bit of debate about Hoboken’s Bike Lanes that have been painted on various streets around town – some folks like promoting a “greener” city with less car use, while others feel it’s a complete waste and poorly executed in town.
Lately, I’ve received several emails about the latest additions to the bike paths in Hoboken, painted on various narrow cross streets (such as 8th – as pictured above) with comments such as:
- “These markings are useless!”
- “No one will pay attention to them.”
- “People will still bike on any street they want to, it’s just a waste of paint.”
- “Just political.”
What do you think of the newest bike lane markings on the cross streets?