New School Speed Limits
A Hoboken411 reader informed me that the lights finally got turned on!
I wonder who had to be paid off for this to happen? At least the kids will be much safer now due to these blinking lights. Instead of 65mph, people may now slow down to perhaps 40mph. Cheers all around!
Another reader has written in saying that these new signs/lights (which have been installed for four months), have yet to be seen operational, despite school fully in session.
For this particular light uptown, I suggest she emails 5th Ward Councilman Peter Cunningham, at Cunninghamforhoboken@gmail.com to see what he can do. I’d try to help her, but I’m rarely up that early!
“Have you (or anyone else) ever seen these lights turned on? It’s already October, and I’d like to see these lights flashing (at least in the morning when my kids are walking to school). If they’re up and running (flashing), I apologize in advance for my stupidity in not noticing.
Even if they did actually turn these lights on, do you think they would even enforce that speed limit? How?
I have no idea who to call down at City Hall to inquire about this.”
– A concerned parent
See previous concerns about these lights after the jump.
I’ve had these letters for a couple weeks now, and have finally gotten around to snapping appropriate pictures.
The city had installed new “school zone” sineage and flashing lights around town recently. How would they enforce this new speed limit? A cop on duty? Remote radar and cameras?
And what about one of the signs that is completely blocked by branches? While I have eagle-eyed vision, and saw that sign from 14 miles away (along with the family of squirrels), I’m not sure the rest of you have the acute eyesight I do.
Here’s what a couple readers had to say about it:
Have you seen or heard anything about these new lights installed at 3rd and Monroe? They look like lights sized to direct a 747 to land on the street. Seeing a picture doesn’t do the poles justice, the upper light is no less then 25 feet off the ground.
I assume this is part of the ‘safe path to schools’ work which in theory is a good idea but like most other things in Hoboken poorly implemented. Besides the light being overly huge to match the overly huge speedbump in the middle of the block these items are in the wrong place to do any good. 90% of the kids that go to the school on the corner of 2nd and Monroe cross the street from the projects at 3rd street. The giant light and giant speedbump are both south of 3rd. Just dumb planning in my opinion.
I would guess other people near schools should be on the lookout for these things.
I was wondering if you or any readers knew anything about these things? I know a few years ago lower Monroe was supposed to be first on the list after Jackson to get the old-time street lights like the ones near the projects. When we saw the street full of no parkings and the footing for the we figured that is what we were getting not this giant landing strip light. No old time lights, just the big orange lights that look to be borrowed from a landing strip.”
I don’t know whether you’ve noticed this, but at 9th and Garden (by the Brandt School), the city has installed a flashing lights sign(right by the 916 Garden), which says the speed limit is 15 when flashing (when school is open). Don’t know why they decided to install them the last week of June, but it’ll be interesting to see if they actually enforce that once school does start again. They also installed them on 9th St. between Park and Willow.”