Time for pedestrian bridges?

Would pedestrian bridges be a good fit in Hoboken?

Hoboken411 reader Dave – who’s been around a long time in Hoboken, has also noticed the trend of disturbing pedestrian accidents in town.

And as Hoboken’s population steadily increases – perhaps it’s time to consider working pedestrian bridges at the most treacherous intersections?

He pointed out that North Bergen officials recognize how to effectively handle pedestrian safety, as they’re finishing up a pedestrian bridge installation at 33rd and Kennedy Boulevard.

Not only would this make traffic flow more smoothly in areas they’re installed – less chances for moronic accidents.

What areas would be prime for bridges like this? Down by the PATH? Jackson Street? Uptown anywhere?

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16 Comments on "Time for pedestrian bridges?"


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LobstaGirl
3 years 16 days ago

The only bridge needed would be the one that bridges the Intelligence factor vs the Stupidity factor of some of the people causing the accidents……So in other words, it looks like pedestrian bridges are the way to go.

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3 years 17 days ago

Remember this is hoboken and with the building of a pedestrian bridge come the long long list of BS that comes with any project. so after 10 years of planning and millions in surveys and lawsuits it does get built.
Now some one has to over see it ba da boom you get the pedestrian bridge authority and the 20/25 jobs it needs to over see the bridge. Now to pay for this authority, the grand pooba of this authority decides to put in ezpass for this bride and the privledge of crossing it
Is this possible?? keep in mind this is hoboken.

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3 years 17 days ago

The streets would be above, retail and pedestrian commuting below (prohibit bicycles and skates). For the width of say Washington St., the center corridor would be walkways, whereas the adjacent sides would contain retail, with access via stairs every 4th street.

Montreal underground pathways

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HansBrix
3 years 16 days ago

“Well I vana toilet made out of solid gold, but it’s just not in the cards now is it?”

— Austin Powers, 1999[quote comment=”216754″]The streets would be above, retail and pedestrian commuting below (prohibit bicycles and skates). For the width of say Washington St., the center corridor would be walkways, whereas the adjacent sides would contain retail, with access via stairs every 4th street.Montreal underground pathways[/quote]

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3 years 16 days ago

If the city bought a golden toilet ($25,000) for every staffer about 10 years ago when the budgets and deficit spending began to get really ridiculous, the town would be in a lot better position than what they’ve already spent hundreds of million on (hospital, collapsed piers, corruption, redistributive policies, etc…).[quote comment=”216762″]“Well I vana toilet made out of solid gold, but it’s just not in the cards now is it?”– Austin Powers, 1999[/quote]

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3 years 17 days ago

Financially, a pedestrian bridge makes no cents. We all know regardless of how much taxes are increased, the town spends into deficits.

I just got back from a trip to Montreal. As some know, there’s a 16 mile stretch of underground pedestrian walkways along retail and commuter points, all walkable (think winter). Obviously, Hoboken has water table issues, but it would be great if Hoboken could remove all the streets, reinforce structures, and create pedestrian walkways under every street with subterranean retail to help offset the build costs (muni bonds) and maintenance. I’m no engineer, but I wonder if it’s possible to simultaneously solve the flooding issues along with this. As long as you don’t get the local experts involved, it might not collapse.

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mk12
3 years 17 days ago

bicyclists are allowed to ride on the sidewalk as long as they aren’t speeding and almost running people over, so pedestrians walking along need to remember they they have to share the sidewalk also (note, pedestrians have the right of way but that doesnt mean they can take over the sidewalk). if you want to ride your bike at the same speed as cars, then go on the road. if you are riding casually it’s fine to be on the sidewalk. The problem is that everyone thinks they have the right to do whatever they want at the expense of everyone else. Whether you’re riding your bike, pushing your triple wide stroller, walking your dog, jogging, or going for a night out with 10 of your friends all lined up walking side by side, you don’t own the sidewalk and need to leave some room for other people because you are just as much an annoyance to them as they are to you.

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HomeTeam
3 years 17 days ago

Not entirely true. According to these Hoboken rule(absolutel non are followed by any bicyclist I’ve seen in my 13 years here:

Bike Safety

Highlights of Rules and Regulations. Cyclists must:

* Ride in the direction of traffic, not against it.
* Stop for pedestrians at crosswalks.
* Stop at stop signs and red lights.
* Use marked bike lanes if riding under the speed limit
* Yield to pedestrians and ride no faster than pedestrian walking speed while riding on sidewalks.}
* Use safety and visibility equipment: front white light, red rear reflector, and bell.
[quote comment=”216752″]bicyclists are allowed to ride on the sidewalk as long as they aren’t speeding and almost running people over, so pedestrians walking along need to remember they they have to share the sidewalk also (note, pedestrians have the right of way but that doesnt mean they can take over the sidewalk). if you want to ride your bike at the same speed as cars, then go on the road. if you are riding casually it’s fine to be on the sidewalk. The problem is that everyone thinks they have the right to do whatever they want at the expense of everyone else. Whether you’re riding your bike, pushing your triple wide stroller, walking your dog, jogging, or going for a night out with 10 of your friends all lined up walking side by side, you don’t own the sidewalk and need to leave some room for other people because you are just as much an annoyance to them as they are to you.[/quote]