More on Pedestrian Safety

Pedestrian Safety – what does that mean exactly?

One of the top buzzwords or catch-phrases for our current time here in 2015 is “pedestrian safety.”

This naturally paves the way for local governments around the country to hand out cushy contracts to their friends for necessary things like “curb-bumps” and oceans of street paint.

We used to think it was reckless drivers literally mowing people down left and right. That may have been true a decade or five ago, but now with almost every pedestrian heads-down on their smartphones, we think the opposite is true now. Pedestrians endanger themselves!

Even more so – other than providing stable walking surfaces free of sinkholes and venomous snake pits – how much “safety” does a community need? What happened to just being cautious?

See below how sentiments have changed in almost nine years…

Back in 2006 – it was “bad drivers”

(The post below was published back in November 2006. Before Fakebook and WhatsApp. We believed that pedestrians were alert, and drivers were to blame…)

Hoboken has it’s share of vehicular problems. Lack of parking, crappy garages, double parkers, and desperate and dangerous intersection parking. And crazy drivers that strike or nearly run over cyclists or pedestrians trying to cross the street. Motor vehicles seem to be a common “weapon” these days.

A reader sent this in today:

crazydriver.jpg“Is it just me or are the drivers in Hoboken getting even worse and even crazier? I can’t even count how many times I’ve had to shout at drivers for going through a crosswalk or a stop sign, and then they shout (or curse) back at me as if I’m the one with the problem. Last week I was crossing the street at 6th and Garden with my 10 year old son. We were already into the crosswalk but the driver of a car that must have been going 30-40 mph down 6th Street either didn’t see us or didn’t care and came within inches of hitting my son. I rapped on the side of the car to get him to stop and the guy jammed on his brakes, came out of his car, cursed at me and pushed me. He then lifted his arms and came for my neck but luckily it was raining and I had an umbrella so I jabbed him in the gut with it and he stopped. Meanwhile there were other observers who called the Hoboken police. The guy drove away but someone got his license (NY plates). We waited in Lepore’s Chocolates for the police and the first thing they told me was that I could file assault charges but I would probably have to go to court five times and the guy would be lucky to walk away with a slap on the wrist–in other words, don’t bother.

Then just yesterday I was crossing Bloomfield and 5th with my wife and son when an SUV again came right into the crosswalk and barely missed us. I yelled at the guy “Take it easy” and he shouted back, “You take it easy, you f***in’ a**hole!” What was even sicker about this one was that there was a car backing into a space so the SUV driver could not have gone more than a few feet after he nearly clipped us. It’s almost like he went out of his way to prove that he had the right of way and we didn’t, even if he wasn’t going to gain an inch after doing that.

How many people are going to have to get killed or injured in this town before something is done about the reckless drivers?”

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76 Comments on "More on Pedestrian Safety"

Adam_C
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Adam_C

some girl on her phone walked almost straight into my car this morning, and had the nerve to get angry with me! I told the bitch next time she won’t be so lucky

fupa
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fupa

i wish hoboken would be nice enough to suspend street cleaning when pse&g is ripping up 1/3 of the roads. trying to find a parking space recently has been almost impossible. no wonder people park in the yellow.

homeworld
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Some guy on a bike ran through a stop sign today without stopping and they stopped cursed at me when I almost hit him.

mooshu
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mooshu

One time, I was walking east along 1st street. And I think I was in between Park and Garden, when a speeding (SPEEDING) bicycle skipped a stop sign. A few feet after the sign popped a driver, opening his car door to step out into the street.

The cyclist almost smashed into the open car door. He was about 2 inches away from it.

It wasn’t the car owner’s fault by any stretch. He didn’t see the cyclist speeding and coming his way. But the d-bag cyclist cursed him– an elderly guy– out anyway. And at that point, I wished that he smashed into the car door and learned a big lesson.

In response to homeworld who said:
Some guy on a bike ran through a stop sign today without stopping and they stopped cursed at me when I almost hit him.

Hoboken1954A
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Hoboken1954A

If you wait for traffic light to turn Green, look both ways before crossing,& walk to a corner crosswalk, before attempting to go you are a Minority in Hoboken. Many Drivers have No regard for traffic Laws as well as many pedestrians.
If you use public transportation, some of us need more than 20 seconds to get accross a two way street especially when Right on Red law is NOT Obeyed Correctly. That being said, how do we get people to obey our laws? CAMERA’S! Camera at a crosswalk , All violators will be affected. Or 1 hour of Police & Safety officers issuing tickets at Rush Hour could reduce the number of offenders. Stiff fines, may ensure safety & create revenue without property taxes rising.
Expect to be ridiculed for my comment, so here is my reply ahead of time to all negative remarks,
“Camera’s don’t lie People do” (People see things differently)
Camera’s could pay for themselves with collection of fines.
Ojections to camera’s on a Public street after 911 is questionable to say the least. Hoboken Traffic Safety is lacking more each day. If you don’t think so sit in front of City Hall on any given day for an hour, odds are there will be a multitude of violations..

Litteredboken
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Litteredboken

What the hell happened to the stop sign at 5th and Bloomfield?????? Where did it go? It always amazed me how people seemed to think they were above stopping at that sign. Did some disgruntled A** take it down so his flow wasn’t interrupted?

hobposer
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hobposer

Probably the same person that is taking those little round steel covers off the sidewalks.

In response to Litteredboken who said:
What the hell happened to the stop sign at 5th and Bloomfield?????? Where did it go? It always amazed me how people seemed to think they were above stopping at that sign. Did some disgruntled A** take it down so his flow wasn’t interrupted?

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