Urban biking safety class

Hudson County hosts bike safety class in Hoboken, NJ

This coming Saturday, June 23rd from 9am to 5pm – the Hudson County TMA is hosting a free one day class for adults to learn fundamental common sense that they should have learned in elementary school how to bike in an urban environment. It’s being held at the Multi-Service Center at 2nd & Grand Streets.

Funny that the city of Hoboken – and their gung-ho bike lane paint orgy – didn’t come up with this training class, and that the County had to do it. You’d think that a city shoving bicycles down everyone’s throat would at least have some kind of safety awareness attached.

Regardless – I believe that any adult with a shred of common sense doesn’t need an 8 hour class to teach them survival instincts, and it’d be much better if Darwin handled those cases. But I digress. See flier below (including 411 edits).

Call (201)792-2825 to sign up.

8 Responses

  1. ScottyBeamed says:

    That is crazy, a simple class for 8 hours. Must include free spanish lessons, yoga and a few recipes too.

  2. whineanddineinhob says:

    Someone should notify her royal majesty zimmer about this biking class. I believe it was only a week or two ago that someone commented about her riding her bike up a street in the wrong direction of traffic.

    • kooky kat says:

      I have personally seen her highness on the sidewalk more than once myself.
      She’s not the only one though, I do it sometimes (only early in the morning when there are no kids, or side streets with little foot traffic). The other night some stupid woman riding her bike down the sidewalk on Washington Street during rush hour not even looking ahead but observing something off to the side. She almost hit 3 people until I yelled at her to watch where she was going.

      People in this town never cease to amaze me. I don’t like to leave my block after 10AM on weekends because there are so many idiots out and about after that! [quote comment=”216085″]Someone should notify her royal majesty zimmer about this biking class. I believe it was only a week or two ago that someone commented about her riding her bike up a street in the wrong direction of traffic.[/quote]

      • belgianbeernite says:

        Agreed that an 8-hour class seems like overkill for anyone with the common sense of an 11-year old. That said, I am confused as to why the H411 crowd is so anti-bike lanes. Reading this post, and previous posts one would be led to believe that the sole reason for bike lanes in Hoboken is because our knob of a mayor rides her bike around town occasionally (and according to comments in this post, disregards the rules these lanes are intended to guide, anyway). Previous posts have mentioned the burden to taxpayers due to the “cost of paint”. Is this serious? Assuming the bike lanes and rules associated with them are adhered to, aren’t there obvious safety benefits associated with bike lanes – for bikers, pedestrians and drivers alike? (Improved site lines, less risk of bikers weaving in/out of traffic, fewer bikers in heavily trafficked areas, less chance of pedestrians being hit by bikers, etc.) It seems like condemning bike lanes makes as much sense as condemning cross-walks. They are there for a purpose. If people choose to ignore them, the intended safety benefits mean nothing. Most metro areas that I travel to have recognized these benefits and adopted bike lanes as well. Some (Boulder, Seattle, Portland, OR, etc.) have done so to extreme measures, where bike lanes are as prevalent as non-bike lanes (they also have dedicated lanes for mass-transit vehicles), but even cities such as Pittsburgh, SF, Boston, Chicago, Dallas and Atlanta have implemented them at some level. Why is there such strong opposition in Hoboken?[quote comment=”216093″]I have personally seen her highness on the sidewalk more than once myself. She’s not the only one though, I do it sometimes (only early in the morning when there are no kids, or side streets with little foot traffic). The other night some stupid woman riding her bike down the sidewalk on Washington Street during rush hour not even looking ahead but observing something off to the side. She almost hit 3 people until I yelled at her to watch where she was going.People in this town never cease to amaze me. I don’t like to leave my block after 10AM on weekends because there are so many idiots out and about after that![/quote]

  3. paco says:

    cmon man, don’t you get it yet. Missus Mayor makes the rules to break the rules.
    Politics and power 101 ya know. ps… better throw in free chineese into the mix our asian delivery friends seem to be the worse racing through steets and intercetions with the sum dumb and susi. Better ride that bike with eyes wide open bro ! 😈

  4. kooky kat says:

    I am not opposed to the bike lanes, in fact I use them often. The point I was trying to make is that, there ARE bike lanes in town that are there to be used, people shouldn’t be on the sidewalk riding their bike especially during a busy time of day. (Especially if you are the f*ing MAYOR!) THAT is common sense.

    Do you ride your bike in the bike lanes? The biggest problem I have with them is that the city slopped some lines on the road for bikes and didn’t bother to repair potholes, or pave the roads (which are ridiculously bumpy)! Forget the double parked cars that are forever in the way, you have to swerve out of the lanes so because they are so bumpy I can’t even imagine what it’s like for someone with testicles.

    • animal_lover says:

      This could be an attempt-albeit back ended- at raising revenue. It is generally a hefty fine to cross over the bike lane in a car. In Hoboken on most street you’d have a symphony of horns if you waited for a double parked car to move.

      The city could score twice – once on the double parked and another on the swerving in to the bike lane. Never though will the biker riding the wrong way, passing stop signs or using no lights at night be ticketed. I once attempted to catch up w a particularly flagrant pair but without a means of identification they could fatally hit and run a pedestrian (like in SF recently) and their would be no way of tracing them.[quote comment=”216097″]I am not opposed to the bike lanes, in fact I use them often. The point I was trying to make is that, there ARE bike lanes in town that are there to be used, people shouldn’t be on the sidewalk riding their bike especially during a busy time of day. (Especially if you are the f*ing MAYOR!) THAT is common sense.Do you ride your bike in the bike lanes? The biggest problem I have with them is that the city slopped some lines on the road for bikes and didn’t bother to repair potholes, or pave the roads (which are ridiculously bumpy)! Forget the double parked cars that are forever in the way, you have to swerve out of the lanes so because they are so bumpy I can’t even imagine what it’s like for someone with testicles.[/quote]

  5. animal_lover says:

    There’s a whole lot more to bike safety than meets the eye. What is ludicrous is to have a class when there is no ordinance to prevent unsafe behaviors. It is liking learning how to close an overflowing dike with one finger.

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