Pedestrians: low on Hoboken priority list

Who needs crosswalks? Just paint the bike lanes!

Hoboken is hell-bent on forcing the issue with these fruity bike lanes in a very congested city.

Some Hoboken residents think they have their progressive priorities mixed up, like Ben who said:

“I’ve attached a photo, taken this morning of the corner at 222 Grand Street, where Ian Sacs lives. They repainted his personal bike lane this week, take a look at the crosswalk that hasn’t been painted in more than 10 years. What a shame, I think that 2% of hobokenites use Ian’s “pet-project” bike lane. And 98% use the crosswalks… This is official misuse of white paint.”

Hoboken411 Mascot Oscar also had some comments, as seen in the gallery below:

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16 Comments on "Pedestrians: low on Hoboken priority list"

Hoboken1954A
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Hoboken1954A

Bike lanes make no difference, except to make things more difficult for everyone..
Lines, Crosswalks not evenTraffic lights stop callous attitude of some rushing to the accident they will cause.
Not Surprised our streets are full of Lawbreakers, start Enforcing Laws & Fines for Bikes too, maybe that will slow them down & get them off the sidewalks, not to mention going thru red lights in crosswalks, Fact is we are safer in a car or truck these days in Hoboken… walking is getting more dangerous each day.

10th
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10th

Not too hard to figure out…

Bike lanes are part of the municipal budget while crosswalks are county, i.e., Hoboken streets are county roads and are paved/painted/repaired with $$$ from the county budget.

The bike lane is a municipal initiative – that many people in town actually like – and isn’t part of the county budget.

Weird that this was even posted for people to comment on

xtreme
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The bike lanes are a great pipe dream which IMHO fail miserably in execution; it’s no different here. They probably don’t cost much to the city to install but they rarely ever work in actuality. I see the ones in NYC (especially on 8th Ave.) are constantly used by pedestrians and cars parking. Most of the bikers in Hoboken are delivery men and typically travel east to west. Rarely do I see them going north to south which I believe most of these lanes run. The east/west streets are just not that wide enough for them.

I can’t count how many times I’ve almost been taken out by a rogue delivery man on a bike in Hoboken on the sidewalk; it’s rather dangerous.

Maybe it would make more sense for them to install stroller lanes so those double-wides wouldn’t take up the whole sidewalk :mrgreen:

jerseychris
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jerseychris

There are lanes that run east to west too…[quote comment=”209491″]The bike lanes are a great pipe dream which IMHO fail miserably in execution; it’s no different here. They probably don’t cost much to the city to install but they rarely ever work in actuality. I see the ones in NYC (especially on 8th Ave.) are constantly used by pedestrians and cars parking. Most of the bikers in Hoboken are delivery men and typically travel east to west. Rarely do I see them going north to south which I believe most of these lanes run. The east/west streets are just not that wide enough for them.I can’t count how many times I’ve almost been taken out by a rogue delivery man on a bike in Hoboken on the sidewalk; it’s rather dangerous.Maybe it would make more sense for them to install stroller lanes so those double-wides wouldn’t take up the whole sidewalk [/quote]

dirtyjerseyhobo
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dirtyjerseyhobo

I dont understand Hoboken411’s disdain for bike lanes. I use the one on Grand Street daily on my commute to work. Bike lanes are extremely inexpensive to implement and maintain and protect cyclists from vehicle traffic by separating the them. This allows car traffic and vehicle traffic to both flow on the same road.

I understand drivers frustrations on sharing the road with (sometimes) slower bicycle traffic and even moreso with those cyclist who blow stop signs and ride the wrong way. But “in a very congested city” it is should be a positive thing to get some cars off the road in a manner cheaper and more efficiently than any car sharing program can, and encouraging cycling by making it safer does just that.

Of course I think the crosswalks should be maintained as well. And perhaps slowing drivers down and making them more aware of bike traffic will help make them more aware of pedestrians and make the city safer for all of us.

Oh, one more thing: calling bike lanes “fruity” seems a bit classless.

Friedupright
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Friedupright
I wouldn’t have a problem with the bike lanes if they were actually used. I was in my car crossing Grand. I stop at the corner and a cyclist, on the sidewalk, passess right in front of my car – didn’t see that coming. Then, I look the right, look to the left, and here comes another cyclist, going the wrong way on Grand, on the other side of the street opposite the bike lane. I mean if you’re going to go the wrong way at least use the bike lane, right? There should be a big crack down on cyclist who are using sidewaks and going the wrong way down streets so that maybe people will get the message. Just follow the rules of the road and nobody gets hurt.[quote comment=”209483″]I dont understand Hoboken411′s disdain for bike lanes. I use the one on Grand Street daily on my commute to work. Bike lanes are extremely inexpensive to implement and maintain and protect cyclists from vehicle traffic by separating the them. This allows car traffic and vehicle traffic to both flow on the same road.I understand drivers frustrations on sharing the road with (sometimes) slower bicycle traffic and even moreso with those cyclist who blow stop signs and ride the wrong way. But “in a very congested city” it is should be a positive thing to get some cars off the road in a manner cheaper and more efficiently than any car sharing program can, and encouraging cycling by making… Read more »
wiskeytango1
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wiskeytango1

friedupright..Please be advised Hoboken is not nor will ever be SHANGAI OR THAILAND OR Any South East Asian cluttered city.. It is not New hampshire either..Moraons ride bikes with ear phones on their heads and some dreamboats are on cell phones even with the blue tooth..Cannot hear triaffic coming. Some dips ride bikes with their babies in the back seat not looking for on coming cars..To much traffic flow coming in and out of hoboken ..This is the end result of so called educated adults believing in the words of one who never kept one campaign promise ..culture of corruption was the old slogan,but culture of inept and out of touch adminstrators is worse..shame shame 😥 [quote comment=”209644″]I wouldn’t have a problem with the bike lanes if they were actually used. I was in my car crossing Grand. I stop at the corner and a cyclist, on the sidewalk, passess right in front of my car – didn’t see that coming. Then, I look the right, look to the left, and here comes another cyclist, going the wrong way on Grand, on the other side of the street opposite the bike lane. I mean if you’re going to go the wrong way at least use the bike lane, right? There should be a big crack down on cyclist who are using sidewaks and going the wrong way down streets so that maybe people will get the message. Just follow the rules of the road and nobody gets hurt.[/quote]

mepstein1616
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mepstein1616
I completely agree with you. All the lanes and crosswalks should be painted, and for the love of eveything good in life Washington needs to be repaved. Cities with good bike lanes system have higher quality of life and less fatal bike accidents. Hoboken could be a more progressive towns, but half-ass bike lanes and recycling isnt really cutting it. I wish there wasnt so much animosity to cyclists who are taking cars of the road in this town, a lot of great towns on the West Coast have this figured out. [quote comment=”209483″]I dont understand Hoboken411′s disdain for bike lanes. I use the one on Grand Street daily on my commute to work. Bike lanes are extremely inexpensive to implement and maintain and protect cyclists from vehicle traffic by separating the them. This allows car traffic and vehicle traffic to both flow on the same road.I understand drivers frustrations on sharing the road with (sometimes) slower bicycle traffic and even moreso with those cyclist who blow stop signs and ride the wrong way. But “in a very congested city” it is should be a positive thing to get some cars off the road in a manner cheaper and more efficiently than any car sharing program can, and encouraging cycling by making it safer does just that.Of course I think the crosswalks should be maintained as well. And perhaps slowing drivers down and making them more aware of bike traffic will help make them more aware of pedestrians and make… Read more »
mooshu
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mooshu
“… a very congested city”. Thank you for recognizing that. Now that that’s out of the way, why complicate an already congested city with fat bike lanes? Wouldn’t that make for even more unnecessary congestion? It’s like making a road go on “Weight Watchers” for no reason other than “going green”. (No offense, but it’s kinda late for the Greenness, and if you want to really go green, walk.) Weight Watchers won’t create a miracle either. I agree with Lobstagirl– it’s not like most cyclists will use lanes anyway because sidewalks are apparently a better option for them. [quote comment=”209483″]I dont understand Hoboken411′s disdain for bike lanes. I use the one on Grand Street daily on my commute to work. Bike lanes are extremely inexpensive to implement and maintain and protect cyclists from vehicle traffic by separating the them. This allows car traffic and vehicle traffic to both flow on the same road.I understand drivers frustrations on sharing the road with (sometimes) slower bicycle traffic and even moreso with those cyclist who blow stop signs and ride the wrong way. But “in a very congested city” it is should be a positive thing to get some cars off the road in a manner cheaper and more efficiently than any car sharing program can, and encouraging cycling by making it safer does just that.Of course I think the crosswalks should be maintained as well. And perhaps slowing drivers down and making them more aware of bike traffic will help make them… Read more »
HomeTeam
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HomeTeam

You know how you can tell a Zimmer web plant? They need to post, preaching the wonders of all things bike lane, but after reading their first paragraph it is apparent that they have never actually seen or used a Hoboken bike lane.[quote comment=”209483″]I dont understand Hoboken411′s disdain for bike lanes. I use the one on Grand Street daily on my commute to work. Bike lanes are extremely inexpensive to implement and maintain and protect cyclists from vehicle traffic by separating the them. This allows car traffic and vehicle traffic to both flow on the same road.I understand drivers frustrations on sharing the road with (sometimes) slower bicycle traffic and even moreso with those cyclist who blow stop signs and ride the wrong way. But “in a very congested city” it is should be a positive thing to get some cars off the road in a manner cheaper and more efficiently than any car sharing program can, and encouraging cycling by making it safer does just that.Of course I think the crosswalks should be maintained as well. And perhaps slowing drivers down and making them more aware of bike traffic will help make them more aware of pedestrians and make the city safer for all of us.Oh, one more thing: calling bike lanes “fruity” seems a bit classless.[/quote]

Angry Bird
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Angry Bird

That pooch has some furry looking feet!

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