Dangerous school double-parking

Hoboken double parking is still illegal even if it involves your kids

I don’t know what has happened to our entitled society here in Hoboken.

It appears that there is no such thing as “walking to school” anymore these days. With all the paranoia propagated by the media and other sources (movies, urban legends, etc.), it appears that kids are now more fragile than a porcelain egg.

One problem that has certainly gotten worse in the last 5 years, is the obnoxious double-parking that happens at arrival and dismissal times at many Hoboken Schools. In particular, Wallace School, The Hudson School as well as Brandt School.

Why is double parking OK when you pick your kids up in Hoboken?

My observations are as such:

  • It’s insane how many parents feel the need to pick up their kids. On nice days, to boot.
  • Why is this double parking not enforced by HPD? Sometimes there are even squad cars standing by (i.e., traffic control).
  • Double parking is illegal according to city code, why do parents get a break, and not hungry customers picking up food to-go? Or lovers looking for a quickie?

Many newcomers in town bash the area near Benny Tudino’s (it’s a perpetual double-parking love-fest), yet feel no shame when “Ashley” or “Jayden” are involved. After all, it is their precious kid! When it involves you, it cannot be wrong, right?

I can suspect that these very same parents, if blocked in by a double-parker when they’re running late to (double park) and pick up their own kid – would have the nerve to get miffed by the predicament. Only to have no concern about the person they’re about to potentially block in themselves.

One thing I can safely bet is, that if our city cracked down on school double parking (which is just as unsafe – if not worse than spotty double parking elsewhere), it would be political suicide for the Mayor – which is why this will continue ad infinitum.

Hey – I just coined a phrase: “Kiddiepocricy!”

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6 Comments on "Dangerous school double-parking"

2 years 9 months ago

Former Transportation and Parking Director Ian Sacs was quoted in the newspaper saying double parking was a good thing because it makes cars drive slower and that’s why the police don’t enforce it in most instances. So there’s your problem right there. The city actually encourages double parking.

2 years 9 months ago

I live near Wallace School, and it really is a nightmare. Most of these dopey parents just leave their cars double parked with no regard for anyone or anything. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had to wait for someone to move their car so I could pull out of my parking spot. Then the parents and kids are illegally crossing the street in the middle of the block causing traffic and dangerous situations on a major road like Willow Ave. And the Hoboken Police actually facilitate it. Ridiculous.

2 years 9 months ago

I live on 9th and Park, where there is usually no Police presence, and it is a nightmare there in the morning.
Double parking on smaller streets always stinks but when you throw in SUVs on the corner, people crossing outside of crosswalks, parents stopping in the middle of the street to let their children out of their vehicles and drivers in a rush there are always issues.
Everyone feels entitled. Thankfully I don’t have to drive to work.

2 years 9 months ago

I agree that some double parking is ok but to BklynHobo’s point, the situation at Wallace School is out of control. There has been times that the buses are completely blocked from crossing 11th street due to the congestion of parents double parking and than having social hour outside the school. With the closure of Clinton after 12th Street and the double parking, it is not uncommon to see Clinton backed up for blocks. And the motorcycle cop will come sometimes (down the sidewalk since he can’t make it down the crowded street) and I’ve never seen… Read more »

2 years 9 months ago

I’m a mom. I find it appalling. Why can’t people walk their kids to school. It would help prevent childhood obesity.

I walk my 4 year old. I point out how the double parking is dangerous. I’ve modified a little because 4 year olds love rules (not when they want to break them…) and to tell people that that a rule is being broken (tattle telling is natural). I don’t need her yelling at one of these mom’s and starting a fight. With my luck she would scold the one with road rage.

The only time double parking is acceptable, is after… Read more »