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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animal_lover
3 years 2 months ago

Here’s how they are used in practice… I give the cyclist space but he finds my driving to slow so he pulls to my right and can’t pass, then cuts infront of me and pulls to my left , then proceeds the wrong way at the intersection then mounts the sidewalk curb at high speed.

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bokenho
3 years 2 months ago

Former Hobokenite here, current Portlander (yep, “Put a bird on it!”). I understand the confusion/anger when there is new signage to pay attention to, and I think that it would be wise for the city to inform everyone what that bike with the two arrows really is. That isn’t a dedicated bike lane per se, but rather what is called a “sharrow” (shared arrow lane…lame, I know). When used correctly by both autos and bikes, it lets both parties know that you can expect bicycles on this lane, and to be more aware. When used correctly, bicyclists use these lanes more often, thereby clearing up the smaller/unsafe streets for auto traffic.

During the 7 years that I lived in Hoboken, I could only hack driving/parking my car 6 months before it drove me (haha) to find another job that didn’t require a car. I ended up walking and taking public transportation, but biking would have been a welcome change….provided the PATH train would have loosened up it’s restrictions on rush hour bikes. I had always hoped that they would have at least allowed bikes in only one train car or something, as the ferry was too cost-prohibitive.

Portland has been a great move for bikes and public transportation. I commute 8 miles each way to work, all on the street but all with “sharrows”. When it’s too rainy (ahem…often), I have the dual option of putting my bike on the equivalent of the lightrail which has bike hooks to hang inside, or on the front of the bus, which has two places on the front for bikes. There’s definitely things that I miss about Hoboken, but struggling with biking is not one of them.

Ps, has anyone seen Chuey (guy that dances on the corner) around?

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animal_lover
3 years 2 months ago

Yes I was wondering the same about Chuey… I saw him just a few weeks ago. Fabulous voice and when you speak w him he actually is a very intelligent man. [quote comment=”216259″]Former Hobokenite here, current Portlander (yep, “Put a bird on it!”). I understand the confusion/anger when there is new signage to pay attention to, and I think that it would be wise for the city to inform everyone what that bike with the two arrows really is. That isn’t a dedicated bike lane per se, but rather what is called a “sharrow” (shared arrow lane…lame, I know). When used correctly by both autos and bikes, it lets both parties know that you can expect bicycles on this lane, and to be more aware. When used correctly, bicyclists use these lanes more often, thereby clearing up the smaller/unsafe streets for auto traffic.During the 7 years that I lived in Hoboken, I could only hack driving/parking my car 6 months before it drove me (haha) to find another job that didn’t require a car. I ended up walking and taking public transportation, but biking would have been a welcome change….provided the PATH train would have loosened up it’s restrictions on rush hour bikes. I had always hoped that they would have at least allowed bikes in only one train car or something, as the ferry was too cost-prohibitive.Portland has been a great move for bikes and public transportation. I commute 8 miles each way to work, all on the street but all with “sharrows”. When it’s too rainy (ahem…often), I have the dual option of putting my bike on the equivalent of the lightrail which has bike hooks to hang inside, or on the front of the bus, which has two places on the front for bikes. There’s definitely things that I miss about Hoboken, but struggling with biking is not one of them.Ps, has anyone seen Chuey (guy that dances on the corner) around?[/quote]

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Skelly
3 years 2 months ago

…excuse not to pave the roads that need it. Money Wasted yet again. We know all bikers are now heading towards 16th and clinton St, they need that 1 block of a bike lane to make it out of town.

http://hoboken411.com/archives/74182

“As streets are resurfaced, the City of Hoboken’s Administration is striping 10 miles of new bike lanes along wider streets”

No, they’re not really resurfacing streets.

..please.

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animal_lover
3 years 2 months ago

The bike lanes make it worse because by law you can not ride or even cross over a line in the bike lane. This is impossible in Hoboken due to the double parking. Example of city running AMOK.

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lhoward222
3 years 2 months ago

If the bike lanes resulted in riders using them, I’d be for them. Grand St was one of first painted. Still have jack-a**es riding on sidewalks (full speed) and wrong way on street.