Bike lanes: Worth it?

In the end – do Hoboken bike lanes make a difference?

You ever wonder if all these markings, signs, directions, rules, and vain attempts to create order in our society have gone past the tipping point already? Take a look at this chaotic scene on River St. this week. Yikes!

Sure, there are so-called “studies” that claim that bike lanes help control the masses and prevent accidents. But I am skeptical about most studies that are published, because they usually are slanted to achieve a means to an end. Just look at that ridiculous cholesterol study that coerced people into avoiding bacon and eggs, and spurned the whole low-fat food industry. Decades later? Obesity and diabetes is at an all time high. My guess is that the bike studies also dabbled in fraud and fudging to promote their socialist platform.

I liken these bike lanes to sunscreen (that’s another big scam). Since the 70’s, skin cancer rates have gone up exponentially, despite the SPF1000 lotions, and so on. For starters, the sunscreen actually blocked out the good Vitamin-D from the sun, and secondly they gave people a false sense of confidence that they could stay all day on the beach, as long as they had the sunblock on. Whoops! Rule of thumb? Avoid sunscreen AND extended periods in the sun (maybe 30 min. at most?)

Same thing with these bike lanes. Of course, *some* drivers “obey” the lines and make life easier for the biker, but not all. The problem here is that many bikers themselves have a false sense of security from the lines that were specially made just for them. This in turn causes many bikers to lower their awareness and end up breaking an arm flipping over a car door, or even worse, getting killed.

When a government spends all sorts of money creating these “safety nets,” I really don’t think it makes a damn bit of difference. In the end, it could even make it worse because it’s distracting!

Hoboken411 reader Kathryn sent in this additional photo of the River Street striping that took place this week. The friggin’ bike marking is in the middle of the road! WTF is that?

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21 Comments on "Bike lanes: Worth it?"


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Adam_C
3 years 8 months ago

Bike lanes are more political than functional. How much does all this paint cost, I suspect it costs more than your average household paint.

Why do you think Route 9W, one of the most popular spots for bikers has no bike lane markings? Just a couple signs telling bikers to ride single file.

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animal_lover
3 years 7 months ago

said like a REAL biker who understands safety… waste of $$ and potential waste of lives. City could be held liable in the accidents.[quote comment=”215911″]Bike lanes are more political than functional. How much does all this paint cost, I suspect it costs more than your average household paint.Why do you think Route 9W, one of the most popular spots for bikers has no bike lane markings? Just a couple signs telling bikers to ride single file.[/quote]

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camel2
3 years 8 months ago

I’m with you. Telling you how to walk, ride and now bozos like Bloomberg trying to dictate how and what you should eat and drink. It all starts somewhere, then you realize how much control they’re trying to exert on everyone. Soon you will need an instruction manual and map just to buy milk and eggs.

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joey maxim
3 years 8 months ago

maybe in hong kong or other southeast asian counties…mopeds would be better.

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whineanddineinhob
3 years 8 months ago

This is just another part of a crazed administration trying to shove bike riding down peoples throats, and all it’s doing is pissing people the hell off.

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LobstaGirl
3 years 8 months ago

What a WASTE of money. Has anyone in this town ever seen any biker obey the law for riding? It’s hard enough to get them to stop at a light. Plus, what good are bike lanes with pot holes and drunk drivers? Just another bureaucratic spending spree.

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