15th Street is dangerous

7/1/2010 Update:

No regard for signs, markings, etc.

Hoboken411 reader John followed up to the 15th Street situation that has many area residents concerned:

“Here are a few photos of the parking lot that now forms at the corner of 15th and Garden almost on a daily basis. The no parking signs and yellow curbs deter no one and the parked cars just add to the problem.”

SEE ORIGINAL STORY AFTER THE JUMP…

6/23/2010:

Drivers rush in and out of Hoboken

15th Street in Hoboken between Park Avenue and the Waterfront is a relatively major thoroughfare in and out of Hoboken. Many residents and visitors use it as a way to avoid traffic lights uptown. Lining the street are several parking garages and large apartment buildings.

While I can’t recall any struck pedestrians recently – cars speeding in both directions are a major cause of concern for area residents. In the past four years, many speeding deterrents and traffic calming measures were put in place – like additional stop signs, speed bumps and more. However, the near-misses continue regularly.

Psychological speed control is attempted; not working yet

The latest trick to try and get drivers to slow down are these lane-narrowing stripes on the side of the road – which supposedly create a psychological effect that automatically makes drivers more cautious.

I was speaking with one Hudson Tea Building resident this week about the concerns of tenants – and we had a healthy discussion about what the root causes of this dangerous phenomenon was. From impatient and inattentive pedestrians, drunk drivers, and crazy speedsters. Ironically, as we were talking – some toolbag in a convertible BMW decided to floor it while making the left from 15th and Washington, and nearly fish-tailed out of control. Only 20 feet away was a five year old on a bicycle. So much for those stripes.

Maybe if stripes, bumps, and signs don’t work – perhaps grooving the street similar to what is installed near toll booths on the Garden State Parkway would help? Or would people just complain about that too?

How would you better control the flow of cars and pedestrians without causing a traffic nightmare?

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20 Comments on "15th Street is dangerous"

Mama Luke
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The best had to be the time a cop was sitting parked in his patrol car watching for speeders and drivers who failed to yield, and this annoyed female walks up to the cop and said he was parked on private property and asked him to move. He was parked on the drive way access to 1500 Garden St and he was not blocking the driveway. The cop told the lady,( for lack of a better word), that he was their for traffic enforcement but she said to enforce it some where else. The cop and I both had the same puzzled look on our faces as she walked away in a huff. Hey Officer thank you for looking out for us and I’ll say it for you. SCREW YOU LADY!!!!

God I love the people of this town. Bitch when the cops do their job and bitch saying they don’t do it. 🙄

HomeTeam
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HomeTeam

Well, the cop was not doing his job. His job is to first get the permission of the owner of said private property before he begins an operation of this sort.[quote comment=”194166″]The best had to be the time a cop was sitting parked in his patrol car watching for speeders and drivers who failed to yield, and this annoyed female walks up to the cop and said he was parked on private property and asked him to move. He was parked on the drive way access to 1500 Garden St and he was not blocking the driveway. The cop told the lady,( for lack of a better word), that he was their for traffic enforcement but she said to enforce it some where else. The cop and I both had the same puzzled look on our faces as she walked away in a huff. Hey Officer thank you for looking out for us and I’ll say it for you. SCREW YOU LADY!!!!God I love the people of this town. Bitch when the cops do their job and bitch saying they don’t do it. [/quote]

itk hoboken
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itk hoboken

the lot in front of 1500 Garden belongs to the city… That’s why they tow people from there all the time.. Even if it wasn’t good luck telling a cop he cannot park there if he wants to give out tickets.. [quote comment=”194167″]Well, the cop was not doing his job. His job is to first get the permission of the owner of said private property before he begins an operation of this sort.

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Mama Luke
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Well itk hoboken, Home Team is one of those __________ <—fill in your own word. Who make Hoboken what it is. The cops fucked up for trying to do their job. Screw anyone who can't cross the street and screw the speeders. I'm sure the owners of the building would have been pissed that the cops were trying to look out for their tenants. I know I would have been pissed if a cop was by my drive way trying to help people. Cops have some nerve trying to make my family safe without my permission.

Point made. Hoboken land of love. 😆 [quote comment="194170"]the lot in front of 1500 Garden belongs to the city… That’s why they tow people from there all the time.. Even if it wasn’t good luck telling a cop he cannot park there if he wants to give out tickets.. [/quote]

Mama Luke
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Ummm I don’t think she was the owner of the building just a tenant. But maybe you are right. Who cares, I was just making a point about how people are 🙄 and you have confirmed it. Have a great day!!!![quote comment=”194167″]Well, the cop was not doing his job. His job is to first get the permission of the owner of said private property before he begins an operation of this sort.[/quote]

grumpydad
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grumpydad

Before 15th street, 14th street was hard to cross now this whole area is like crossing on a highway. And do you believe these idiots want to put a park in between the 2 viaducts over there. When that happens the next thing you know someone will want to sue Hoboken because they developed asthma or breathing problems because of all the traffic, plenty of buses, trucks, cars. Put a garage for the residents at a reasonable rate (i.e,$100.00 a month) you will get a lot of cars off the streets. But I guess the developers who have parking will complain, so average citizen must get squeezed again, and pay and pay and pay. People wake up and start complaining about these ridiculous prices.

bradykp
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bradykp

why do people think that adding more garages will take cars off the streets? the more parking you add, the more cars will pop up in Hoboken. Though, I think it would be cool to have garages on the permiter of town, and then have better public transit around town to/from those perimeter garages. That might stop the traffic down to the garages by the PATH, and use that property for something else. But that’s a pipedream that will never happen. If they want to put a park there, let them. The area needs more park and/or green space.[quote comment=”194163″]Before 15th street, 14th street was hard to cross now this whole area is like crossing on a highway. And do you believe these idiots want to put a park in between the 2 viaducts over there. When that happens the next thing you know someone will want to sue Hoboken because they developed asthma or breathing problems because of all the traffic, plenty of buses, trucks, cars. Put a garage for the residents at a reasonable rate (i.e,$100.00 a month) you will get a lot of cars off the streets. But I guess the developers who have parking will complain, so average citizen must get squeezed again, and pay and pay and pay. People wake up and start complaining about these ridiculous prices.[/quote]

bradykp
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bradykp

I never really understood speedbumps. I slow down for them because i care about my car, and because you just should – but most people fly over them, especially SUVs.

A few stop signs in Hoboken could go a long way. It’s done well at the corner of Willow and Newark. That intersection used to be a mad house. Now, everyone has to stop.

homeslice
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homeslice

How much does a stop sign cost? Hell, I’ll even foot the bill if they’ll install it on 15th and Bloomfield street and also on Hudson.

If they do install speed bumps, it should extend all the way across the street. For some stupid reason, the plastic speed bumps (now deteriorating) are small and only extend to one side of the street so idiot drivers just swerve around them which causes more danger.

drdrool
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drdrool

don’t worry about this problem, it will resolve itself in a few years. Hoboken roads continue to suck, this one will look like the one behind Shop Rite in no time and everyone will forget about it.

Then our politicans can take money at Malibu diner to give away the contract without it going out to bid.

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