Respect the waterfront bike path!

Hoboken bike path on Sinatra Drive accident waiting to happen

Hoboken411 reader Tom is amazed at how many people completely ignore the signs along the waterfront that clearly spell things out…

“Someone is going to be seriously hurt by a biker on the supposed bike lane at the waterfront on Sinatra.

Instead of walking on the cobblestone, parents let their kids run wild, adults walk leisurely (read: slowly), senior citizens stand around and stare into the sky. Meanwhile, bike riders are trying to navigate this mess on what is one of the few bike-dedicated areas in Hoboken. There’s plenty of room for walkers to walk, let us bike riders have that one little stretch in the entire city to ourselves. And parents need to be less oblivious to their children, who dart around without looking. On numerous occasions I’ve had to brake hard to avoid hitting a little kid, putting myself in danger. I know other bike riders feel the same.”

Does anyone even see the “pedestrians prohibited” signs?

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11 Comments on "Respect the waterfront bike path!"

kooky kat
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I was down here today on my bike (pretty much every weekend) and this very thing annoys the everyloving shit out of me! However, kids will be kids, and I think a lot of these people are out of towners staying at the W and don’t understand what a cycling town this is and that they should get the f*ck off of the bike lane. It would be silly to fly down there super fast anyway, I just don’t do it. You never know when those slippery little suckers are going to dart out in front of you whether they are in that lane or on the cobblestone! In fact there was a family who had 3 kids, one in the stroller and 2 walking, the father kept telling his kid “come here come here” and the kid just didn’t know what was going on…as I passed, he apologized. It’s just not that big of a deal – as annoying as it is! There’s room for all of us! As has been stated here today by a couple of people!! PS I don’t think kids should be banned from restaurants, but I really wish people wouldn’t take their dogs to restuarants – especially in this heat. It really bugs me, as a dog owner, I know that’s not “fun” for my dog to be tied up outside the gate just standing there panting. Why do people do this? It’s a mystery to me. Poor dogs. They’d rather be at home… Read more »
thebigleebowski
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thebigleebowski

“Someone is going to be seriously hurt by a biker on the supposed bike lane at the waterfront on Sinatra.”

More like:

“A cyclist is going to be seriously hurt by a pedestrian on the supposed bike lane at the waterfront on Sinatra.”

mooshu
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mooshu

Yup, this. This makes a lot more sense. [quote comment=”208787″]“Someone is going to be seriously hurt by a biker on the supposed bike lane at the waterfront on Sinatra.”More like:“A cyclist is going to be seriously hurt by a pedestrian on the supposed bike lane at the waterfront on Sinatra.”[/quote]

gov
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you two obviously have never seen a pedestrian/cyclist accident. or don’t understand physics. or both.[quote comment=”208799″]Yup, this. This makes a lot more sense.[/quote]

mooshu
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mooshu

Depends on if you see an ignorant, self-absorbed cyclist coming at you or not. Guarantee that a brace for impact makes all the difference!

Speaking of ignorant, self-absorbed cyclists, am I the only one who’s annoyed by those who wear flip-flops or platform heels while cycling, especially with kids in tow? Why does anyone do this?[quote comment=”208879″]you two obviously have never seen a pedestrian/cyclist accident. or don’t understand physics. or both.[/quote]

newbie2010
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newbie2010

Hmm, I never noticed the signs that said it was for bicycles only. I have always seen so many joggers and walkers that I assumed the only rule was to keep to the right. The cobblestone path is uneven and uncomfortable to walk on, also crowded and messy at times as well (not to mention, sinking into the river).

mooshu
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mooshu

I walk along the sides of that lane, where the dirt/gravel is, with my dog sometimes. We barely touch the paved area, the lane itself.

I’ve often had trouble, though, crossing from the waterfront to the corner (or vice-versa). Some cyclists and rollerbladers– i.e., jerks on wheels– either don’t know how to slow down or simply don’t want to and almost crash into people.

Andrews
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Andrews

Comes down to entitlement once again.

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