15th Street is dangerous
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.”
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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?