Bikes are a minority in Hoboken

Why does Hoboken pander to the biking minority?

When you think about it – Hoboken is quite an “ancient” city built a very long time ago, before street widths were a serious concern and various modes of transportation had even been invented yet.

Hoboken is also very tight – the 4th densest city in New Jersey (we’re not talking about government administrations, though).

At a mere 1.3 miles square, and 50,000 people (who took the census – real number probably closer to 60k at this point), their cars, cabs, buses – plus pedestrian traffic (commuters and visitors), trains and subways – to try and FORCE additional transportation methods (read: bikes) – may just be a pie in the sky dream that is NOT practical!

You can’t practically re-design Hoboken to be truly bike-friendly

Don’t get me wrong. Where appropriate – some bike lanes DO make sense.

You need proper conditions, road width and more to make bike lanes work – not trying to squeeze a square peg in a round hole.

In Hoboken, those proper conditions are far and few between – have you seen some of these lanes we have? On TIGHT, narrow streets – close to parked cars, and totally ridiculous. Our city was just not made for cars and bikes to perfectly co-exist. What is so hard to accept about that?

What if we had a chance to re-design Hoboken from scratch? Sure – then it can be done. But to desperately try to retrofit our city like this will not turn out well in the long run. And why so much effort in the first place? Who is clamoring for it?

Less than 0.5% use bikes to commute in Hoboken

The other day – I was curious to see how many bikes were locked up down by the PATH station after the morning rush hour. I counted 240 bikes. And this includes people from surrounding cities (like many kitchen workers who come in via bike), as well as abandoned cycles. That considered, it’s probably less than 200 Hoboken residents that bike to the PATH daily. Out of a population of 50k or more.

Why so much effort for such an overwhelming minority??

Stop wasting time coddling bikers, and leave the risk up to them

I personally dislike when the government starts getting overly involved with every aspect of our lives.

These bike lanes, Hertz on Demand cars, and everything else.

Then the associated laws, penalties and more that come along, just add more bureaucracy to an already bloated political system. Not to mention potential litigation. Enough already!

If I were Mayor?

Strip all the bike lanes out. Emphatically state that YOU BIKE IN HOBOKEN AT YOUR OWN RISK.

Much bigger problems – infrastructure, crime, roads, bloated city payrolls, and more important quality of life issues than bike lane paint for so few people.

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31 Comments on "Bikes are a minority in Hoboken"

3 years 1 month ago

I think the main reason they’ve been installing the bike lanes is to reduce lane width thereby decreasing vehicle speed. It was very apparent when I read a quote from Ian Sacs in the local newspaper basically saying he had no problem with illegally double parked cars because they cause drivers to slow down because they reduce the lane width. And they’re usually doubled parked in the bike lane, so if he really cared about bikers he wouldn’t be OK with cars parking in the bike lanes.

That being said, lanes could be narrowed to reduce vehicle speed without installed… Read more »

CL Smooth
3 years 1 month ago

The above post is the only logical explanation I could think of. I could count on one hand the number of people actually using the bike lanes in the last year.

My favorite are the bikers who ride on the sidewalks, who are apparently too scared (maybe rightly so) to ride where they are supposed to.

3 years 1 month ago

Funny that the Mayor is one of those too afraid to ride in the street and opts to fly down the sidewalk on first on her bike![quote comment=”217359″]The above post is the only logical explanation I could think of. I could count on one hand the number of people actually using the bike lanes in the last year.My favorite are the bikers who ride on the sidewalks, who are apparently too scared (maybe rightly so) to ride where they are supposed to.[/quote]

3 years 1 month ago

As I was driving this morning I observed two hipsters cycling on Hudson St to the train station. Both failed to stop for the stop signs, then failed to yield to the pedestrians in the crosswalks, they also did not signal their intention when turning. If I had done that in a motor vehicle I could have received several summonses. Why are the cyclists getting a pass on these laws?

3 years 1 month ago

I use the bike lanes but don’t think we need so many; if you want to get across town quickly it’s not a big problem to ride a few blocks to get onto one. The thing limiting their usefulness is that the east/west streets are too narrow for them. So to actually get anywhere in Hoboken, you’re going to end up spending time on the bike unfriendly streets (and be tempted to just get on the sidewalk…). If there was a way to connect these bike lanes with one leading to the PATH area (and Washington St. uptown) it would… Read more »

3 years 1 month ago

I think you make some good points here about an overabundance of bike lanes in Hoboken, and homeworld has an interesting POV for alternative reasons for bike lanes– including slowing down cars that often speed through crosswalks at completely inappropriate speeds.

However I think your suggestion that less than .5% of Hoboken bikes to work is inaccurate and baseless. How can you suggest the entire population of Hoboken parks their bikes at the PATH station? How about those who commute within Hoboken, or to nearby Jersey City? How about those who walk to the PATH (or take the bus) … Read more »