Hoboken Bike Rack Snobs

7/8/2010:

Mind your own bike, not others!

One Hoboken411 reader, who rides their bike to the PATH every morning, found this note attached to their bike after work yesterday:

“I use a Kryponite “New York” lock to secure my bike. It’s compact and easy to carry, and since I have a quick release front wheel, I need to lock both the wheel and the frame to the bike racks. There were many others locked up in similar fashion that had the same stupid note attached.

Maybe tomorrow I’ll lock my bike up the long way, and take up the whole damn rack and see if this “bike monitor” has a note for that. Better yet, perhaps they should leave notes on the barricades they use to corral all the fatties in front of Carlo’s Bakery requesting that they get converted into bike racks instead.

It’s my bike and my lock, and I’ll continue locking it to the rack the way I see fit. Don’t touch my bike again, and better yet, don’t let me catch you doing it again, or you’ll be sorry! Here’s my suggestion for you: Get to the PATH earlier!

Not sure who’s meddling with other people’s bikes (and if it’s city hall – yet another Hoboken embarrassment). But instead of telling residents how to be “proper” at the bike racks, the city should keep putting more in until the last rack is half empty at peak time. Then again, since they can’t even open up a simple swimming pool before summertime – don’t count on it. I’d hate to eat dinner with this person, you’d probably get scolded for how you hold your fork.

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46 Comments on "Hoboken Bike Rack Snobs"

homeworld
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Putting this note on a bike is no different than putting a note on a parallel parked car that is taking up two spaces.

plywood
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plywood

Well, most of us do not like to be told what to do. While I might question putting going to the extent of notes on peoples bicycles, there is nothing intrinsically wrong with wanting people to park bicycles efficiently so more people can avail themselves of finite bike rack space. As getz76 alluded to earlier, maybe some signage near the racks to raise awareness? To each their own, but shouldn’t we all want to maximize available space on the racks?

mooshu
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mooshu

I agree with you, though there seems to be a little bit of trouble in the “sharing” department in this town. Many can’t even share sidewalks.

Sharing is caring, Goddammit.[quote comment=”194448″]Well, most of us do not like to be told what to do. While I might question putting going to the extent of notes on peoples bicycles, there is nothing intrinsically wrong with wanting people to park bicycles efficiently so more people can avail themselves of finite bike rack space. As getz76 alluded to earlier, maybe some signage near the racks to raise awareness? To each their own, but shouldn’t we all want to maximize available space on the racks?[/quote]

escaped68
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Hoboken is turning into a draconian state, i understand dog shit police, tree trimming police, taxi police but now bike rack police that is a new low. Somebody has entirely too much time on their hands. If these people have their way hoboken will have a lord high grand executioner roaming through town with his portable gallows to punish all and any violators. SO CITIZENS BEWARE

getz76
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getz76

I like the quality-of-life enforcement. I wish the city would hire more police to enforce jay-walking (driving across Washington Street during “rush hours”), bike-riders who ignore traffic rules (like the guy going the wrong way on 9th street last night that made me slam my brakes while going down Grand), dog-sh!t bandits (hate it), illegal parking (parking on the corners, no way to see around), etc. I would not call it draconian; I would call it order. Simple rules.

The bike-rack issues does not impact me. I do not bike in town. But, apparently, someone is being impacted and is just asking for a little courtesy. What’s the problem? The note was actually considerate.

There are not enough cops to wrangle these issues, but it would be nice. I bet the fines would pay for the officers.[quote comment=”194420″]Hoboken is turning into a draconian state, i understand dog shit police, tree trimming police, taxi police but now bike rack police that is a new low. Somebody has entirely too much time on their hands. If these people have their way hoboken will have a lord high grand executioner roaming through town with his portable gallows to punish all and any violators. SO CITIZENS BEWARE[/quote]

bradykp
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bradykp
oh there are plenty of cops. a lot of them do good work, but there are many that could accomplish a lot more. i also have no problem with enforcement of laws. it’s not draconian. when you have a lot of douchebags in a town and you need to remind them not to be douchebags, how’s that draconian? i had a dog in hoboken and i picked up his shit. if i forgot a bag, i went back to my apartment, got one, and picked up his shit. i bike the right way down streets. i didn’t jay walk. i didn’t cross on green lights when cars were coming. i drove being mindful of pedestrians. how hard is it to just not be a dick when you’re out in public? then half the laws on the books would never have even needed to be thought of.[quote comment=”194423″]I like the quality-of-life enforcement. I wish the city would hire more police to enforce jay-walking (driving across Washington Street during “rush hours”), bike-riders who ignore traffic rules (like the guy going the wrong way on 9th street last night that made me slam my brakes while going down Grand), dog-sh!t bandits (hate it), illegal parking (parking on the corners, no way to see around), etc. I would not call it draconian; I would call it order. Simple rules.The bike-rack issues does not impact me. I do not bike in town. But, apparently, someone is being impacted and is just asking for a little… Read more »
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Mama Luke
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Screw that. I’m going to lock my car on the bike rack, and I better not find a note on my car. Maybe it was Dawn who left the note and she used a grant to pay for those notes. LOL

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