Hoboken double parking: What to do?

5/11/2010 Update:

Still double parking after all these years

A couple weeks ago, this story was published because a Hoboken resident had some problems with the double-parkers on Adams Street (one of the widest streets in Hoboken, BTW).

The reader complained that there’s a constant stream of parking offenders that get chased away by PD – only to return a short time later.

I spoke with Police Chief Anthony Falco – and personally overheard some increased enforcement over the Hoboken411 Live Police and Fire Action Channel. This seemed to last for a few days at least.

However, the reader is still quite upset – because she’s sent both Chief Falco, and Parking Czar Ian Sacs multiple messages, and has not received the courtesy of a response to her concerns in 30 days!

Double Parking Karma in full effect, though…

Ironically, a nasty double-parked car accident happened on Washington Street this past Sunday Morning.

A double parked car on Washington Street between 11th and 10th got it’s door ripped off by a passing motorist. Too bad.

Thank God the door didn’t jettison off and become a flying death projectile for a nearby pedestrian!

SEE ORIGINAL STORY AFTER THE JUMP!

4/29/2010:

Face it, in cities like Hoboken – double parking is 100% inevitable. And one Hoboken411 reader is so upset about one particular area on Adams St. between 4th and 5th – that they wrote a letter to Police Chief Anthony P. Falco this month:

They keep coming back!

“I have lived in Hoboken since the end of 2006 and have noticed a dangerous pattern. It is not uncommon for people to double park on Adams, which makes it very difficult for drivers and pedestrians to see if there is any traffic traveling north bound before crossing Adams. I have often called to report this and the police have responded promptly and gotten the violators to move along.

The pattern I have observed is while they temporary fix the problem, the double parkers are back in very little time. There is no motive for them to obey the law, because I have never seen any one get a ticket for double parking. I would like to suggest that tickets be issued, to encourage the rules be followed. While this pattern of not issuing tickets does not represent explicit permission to violate the law, I feel some people take it to be implicit permission.”

I spoke with Chief Falco this week, and he informed me that “a memo was sent out” instructing officers to pay more careful attention to problematic double-parking areas, to “clean them up.”

The double parking problem isn’t black & white

The city doesn’t have enough street parking, and garage parking is either unaffordable or inconvenient. An no, everyone isn’t giving up their cars and switching to bicycles simultaneously. Not gonna happen (in this century for that matter). So we’ll have to manage for the time being. But who are these double parkers, and why?

  • Short-term, purpose-driven: These double parkers include food delivery drivers, locals looking to unload heavy packages or run into a store to pick something up quick.
  • Lazy, or “everyone else is doing it”: Those that don’t want to spend a few minutes looking for a legit spot, or just pull behind the line of cars ahead them that are already double-parked.
  • “I’m gonna just park here and hang out”: Then of course, you have those that consider a double-parked car the same as a regular parked car. Often leaving it unattended for hours on end.

Additionally, the streets in Hoboken vary in width greatly. Some are barely wide enough for a car to drive down (10th between Wash & Bloom), and others have enormous space, where even emergency vehicles can pass through with ease (like Adams St. mentioned above).

Selective enforcement isn’t right either

Sure that stretch on Adams is a big double-parking zone, usually because of Fiore’s Deli (or the Russo Civic Center when it was open). And I’ve heard on the Hoboken411 Live Police and Fire Action Channel that the HPD has been sweeping the problem areas more frequently.

However, that doesn’t eliminate the problem altogether, just one area. Take a look at this busy intersection at 7th and Washington yesterday afternoon. At around 3pm, busy parents double park to pick their kids up from All Saints. Should that also be cracked down on? Or because “we’re doing it for children,” it should be OK?

What are some solutions?

As it stands now, the double parking ordinance is unified across the board. It’s just not permitted in Hoboken. However, the Hoboken Police offers many courtesies because they know the difficulties involved with parking citywide – and as long as the driver responds quickly and moves their vehicle, they move along. But why not fine tune the law a bit? Here are some suggestions:

  • Zero Tolerance Zones: Certain streets should not permit double parking, like Washington St. The most traveled road in the city, with the biggest pedestrian concentration, and highest safety risk. Stop with the daily “sweeps” and just ticket and tow all double parkers. Same goes for any street in Hoboken where double-parkers are within, say 50 feet of an intersection (to improve visibility and emergency vehicles turning.)
  • Moderate Zones: Most other streets in town, would be considered OK for short-term double parking. Police can squeal their sirens if necessary, but no harsh enforcement except for blatant long-term abusers.
  • Allowed Zones: I keep referring to Adams St., but that road is so wide – Double parking should be allowed without fear of ticketing and towing. Same goes for other wide streets, or lesser traveled strips (uptown for instance). Perhaps make it mandatory for the driver to leave a cell number in the windshield in case the blocked-in car needs to move.

I just came up with these ideas off the top of my head, but there needs to be some way to free up Hoboken’s Police officers for more important tasks than chasing drivers around the city.

Can you make any positive, long-term suggestions for this ongoing problem?

RELATED: See this great Hoboken411 double parking video from 2007!

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65 Comments on "Hoboken double parking: What to do?"

animal_lover
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animal_lover

Here’s a compound double parking problem I witnessed yesterday. I watched while for over an hour one of my neighbors stood hanging out on the exposed passenger side window of a double parked car talking with its driver. Periodically he would take a glance down the street to check what cars might be coming his way. He did not become road kill this time but I suppose we will see more of this. What ever happened to asking your guest in for a cup of tea rather than double parking and hanging out on car doors in the middle of the street?

Hoboken16
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Hoboken16

Looks like HPD is finally doing their jobs. 2 mornings in a row that I’ve seen cars being towed from the bus stop at 11th and Washington.

matt_72
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Did you notice if they did anything about the double parked cars in front of the FD station uptown on Washington? I always think to myself how those double parked cars must really make it so much easier for the fire trucks to get to a fire…….not![quote comment=”192416″]Looks like HPD is finally doing their jobs. 2 mornings in a row that I’ve seen cars being towed from the bus stop at 11th and Washington.[/quote]

hobposer
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hobposer

We need Batman to enforce double parking. If you read this, get on your batbike and thwart double parkers, we salute you batman 😆

HobokenAteMyPaychek
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HobokenAteMyPaychek

I used to live on Adams between 11th / 12th and complained to the police about all of the double parking at the upper grand. At 2am there would be double parked down the block blasting there sytems waiting for someone to ‘run down for a second’…doesn’t take a genius to know what’s going on over there, but then again not a lot of geniuses working in the HPD…

HobokenAteMyPaychek
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HobokenAteMyPaychek

After a friend pointed out this comment may have been too harsh (and ironically contain some grammatical errors) I am ammending it and would like to limit my sarcastic ‘genius’ comment to the HPD members I reported this too who in turn took no action to make the town any safer…[quote comment=”192143″]I used to live on Adams between 11th / 12th and complained to the police about all of the double parking at the upper grand. At 2am there would be double parked down the block blasting there sytems waiting for someone to ‘run down for a second’…doesn’t take a genius to know what’s going on over there, but then again not a lot of geniuses working in the HPD…[/quote]

nacholibre
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nacholibre

It is a noble endeavor to correct a statement with an eye towards hubris and proper grammar. During your execution, I would note the spelling of “ammending” (cue irony).

No offense meant from one sarcastic genius to another.[quote comment=”192145″]After a friend pointed out this comment may have been too harsh (and ironically contain some grammatical errors) I am ammending it and would like to limit my sarcastic ‘genius’ comment to the HPD members I reported this too who in turn took no action to make the town any safer…

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fantasmagoried
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fantasmagoried

DP outside your home for short period to drop-off heavy/large items == legit.. DP outside deli/coffee/donut/etc vendor == ticket-worthy…

Discuss..

Easy-E
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If you’re going to leave your car unattended, you should get a ticket.[quote comment=”192092″]DP outside your home for short period to drop-off heavy/large items == legit.. DP outside deli/coffee/donut/etc vendor == ticket-worthy… Discuss..[/quote]

matt_72
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And it should be a painful ticket.[quote comment=”192094″]If you’re going to leave your car unattended, you should get a ticket.

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Journey
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Journey

I agree.

When I have someone with a car dropping me and stuff off or dropping stuff off for me. The driver stays in the car and everyone in the family works together to bring the stuff in and prevent the toddler from toddling out. We have a very efficient bucket brigade.[quote comment=”192094″]If you’re going to leave your car unattended, you should get a ticket.

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bgw
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so, you do think it’s okay for someone to double park for a short period of time, as long as someone stays behind the driver’s wheel while others bring in stuff from the car? this is still a double-parked car, impeding traffic and “creat[ing] dangerous situations.” while the person sitting behind the driver’s wheel could move if needed (or if a cop came by), i see people waiting in double-parked cars often, and i still have to zig-zag around them just like i do every other double-parked car. you’re very lucky to have someone wait in the car while you quickly run in and do what you need to do, but not all of us have the same luxuries. you say that other people’s “convenience is more important than the safety of others” like you are above all that, but this last post proves that you like being able to just run in and drop off heavy packages like the rest of us. i think you should reevaluate your holier-than-thou stance on double parking. i agree that some offenders, such as those parked for prolonged periods of time or those parked in crosswalks, should be ticketed, but double parking for a few minutes to quickly run something in to your house is a necessary evil of living in a city with very limited parking.[quote comment=”192097″]I agree.When I have someone with a car dropping me and stuff off or dropping stuff off for me. The driver stays in the car and… Read more »
Journey
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Journey
Not only is the driver in the car with it running and that we are trying to unload the car fast, usually get stuff from the car to the curb with as many people we have available to do it. But we don’t do it in the crosswalk. I don’t think I gave you an accurate idea of what happens. For example we had 4 people in the car (including the baby), we called home a few blocks away so that my husband met us at the curb. He grabbed the stroller out of the trunk. I got the baby. My mom got the shopping bag. Then dad drove off to find a place to park, while we brought everything inside. I think the main reason we don’t unload from the parking space 5 blocks away is because my mom has a handicapped plates and shouldn’t be walking long distances in the sun. My friend was bringing me something she picked up at the store for me. She called ahead so I knew to be ready. She arrived. I ran out grabbed the item out of the car, she went to park in the garage. We try to do it so it takes about as much time for passengers to get out of a car and not longer.[quote comment=”192108″]so, you do think it’s okay for someone to double park for a short period of time, as long as someone stays behind the driver’s wheel while others bring in stuff from… Read more »
Journey
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Journey
The driver is in the car and the car is running. They are not parked, they are technically standing and could move right away. And what if it was just the time it takes to remove a infant from a carseat and passengers to get out of the car?[quote comment=”192108″]so, you do think it’s okay for someone to double park for a short period of time, as long as someone stays behind the driver’s wheel while others bring in stuff from the car? this is still a double-parked car, impeding traffic and “creat[ing] dangerous situations.” while the person sitting behind the driver’s wheel could move if needed (or if a cop came by), i see people waiting in double-parked cars often, and i still have to zig-zag around them just like i do every other double-parked car. you’re very lucky to have someone wait in the car while you quickly run in and do what you need to do, but not all of us have the same luxuries. you say that other people’s “convenience is more important than the safety of others” like you are above all that, but this last post proves that you like being able to just run in and drop off heavy packages like the rest of us. i think you should reevaluate your holier-than-thou stance on double parking. i agree that some offenders, such as those parked for prolonged periods of time or those parked in crosswalks, should be ticketed, but double parking for a… Read more »
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