Hoboken a Bicycle Friendly Community?

Instead of pandering – “bike at your own risk” makes more sense

You know how “bike lanes” and the like have gotten so much attention over the past few years? It’s not like bicycles were just invented and took off in popularity, nope. Bikes have become a stupid political football, and most people out there have just gobbled it up without thought. Now politicians, “activists” (green, etc.), and everyone else squabble over mundane talking points and property-taxpayer funded “amenities” like bike racks and lanes. None of that helps, as you still have bikers getting run over (either by accident or their own entitled snobbery), cars blocking lanes, and fights between said entitled bicyclists and drivers. Almost by design, right?

Life would be a lot simpler if all cities abandoned the bike-love-fest, and have just one provision on the books for bicycles: “BIKE AT YOUR OWN RISK.”

Take a look at this tool-bag bicyclist the other day in Washington D.C., you could hear how douchey he was muttering at the driver of the car before the altercation happened. People just like him all over Hoboken, including “officials” who love riding their bikes on the sidewalks.

Does Bicycle Friendly Community mean “no enforcement” in Hoboken?

10/14/2013 Update:

When it comes to sucking face with bikes in Hoboken, we have it all. “Bicycle Friendly Community” signs, bike lane paint, bike racks, rental bikes and much more.

But does being a “bicycle friendly community” have a hidden meaning?

Like PEDESTRIAN AND DRIVER UN-FRIENDLY COMMUNITY?

Just because you’re “pals” with bicyclists, doesn’t mean you should look the other way when it comes to the 100’s of “riding on the sidewalk” violations that happen each day. Where is the enforcement? Why are bicyclists so afraid of the “big bad scary street?”

Instead of booting and ticketing cars (whose drivers are trying to do business in Hoboken) – why not issue citations to these completely clueless bicyclists? It wouldn’t hurt our local economy much, because they probably buy everything online anyway!

Bikers ride on sidewalk despite bike lanes in Hoboken NJ

Bicycle Friendly Community signs spotted in Hoboken

5/22/2013:

Did you know that the League of American Bicyclists decreed that Hoboken is considered a “Bicycle Friendly Community?”

Hoboken NJ Bicycle Friendly Community

Apparently bike lane paint qualifies you as a Bike Friendly City

Here’s what this group “bicycle advocates” has to say about Bicycle Friendly Cities:

“The Bicycle Friendly Community Program (BFC) provides a roadmap to improve conditions for bicycling in your community and offers national recognition for communities that actively support bicycling. A Bicycle Friendly Community welcomes cyclists by providing safe accommodation for cycling and encouraging people to bike for transportation and recreation. Each application to the Bicycle Friendly America program is reviewed by a panel of national bicycle experts and several local reviewers are consulted to share their on the ground perspective of the applicant.”

It seems like every group has some kind of “activist” representation these days. Turtle lovers. Seniors who power-walk. Those who love wearing sweat suits 24 hours a day. And these “eco-friendly” bikers. What ever happened to just fending for yourself, and assuming all risk? Why all this fluff anyway?

And I’ve personally witnessed many “bike activists” in town blatantly run red lights, fail to signal, and speed down sidewalks. So why are we catering to them anyway?

National Bike Month May 2013 Hoboken NJ Bicycle Friendly Community

Hoboken is not friendly to bikes, pedestrian, or cars!

In case you didn’t know – Hoboken is a very VERY tight city. Most of the roads that have these silly bike lanes are worthless. And you can’t even walk on the sidewalks, really – because you’ll get mowed down by a drunk driver.

Either they’re too narrow, have potholes that have the moon green with envy, and are constantly ignored by pretty much every driver in town. Not because they hate bikes, because NO ONE USES THEM and we need the space for DOUBLE PARKING!

I’m going to submit my credentials as a “national bike expert” and become president of this bike league.

The first thing I’d do is recommend dissolving the League of American Bicyclists and give them all more useful hobbies to fill their spare time (like reading history books – because their bike rules won’t mean squat during the crisis that’s coming.) Next, I’d repeal all laws that have the word “bike” in them. And replace with one single rule: Bike at your own risk!

Bike Lanes are always double parked in Hoboken NJ

13 Responses

  1. tommyhoboken2 says:

    Taking the beach cruiser out for a spin tonight to get ready for this weekend. Will be riding all over Belmar this summer especially to D’Jais

  2. homeworld says:

    If drivers stay out of the bike lanes and then we won’t have these issues. What gives people the self-entitled right to double park?

    I see the same cars with metal PBA shields double park for HOURS on end with no repreuccsions. The former Parking Director stated in the press that he had no problem with double parking because it “decreased the traval way width” and slows cars down. Well you can’t have it both ways.

  3. krewedetat says:

    Riding on sidewalks is bad enough, but speeding through parks is really dangerous. A few weeks ago, I told a bicyclist zooming through the park on 4th and Hudson that he should get on the street and he turned around and headed menacingly towards me. When I asked him if he really was going to assault me, he backed off.

    I think the cops don’t cite rogue bicyclists because they don’t want to raise the mayor’s ire, who has been reported to ride on the sidewalks too.

  4. Swaby says:

    Honest and simple question: Does having bike lanes painted in the street make it “illegal’ to ride a bike on the sidewalk?

    • h4sbilc says:

      No, in fact, it is expressly permitted:

      J. Riding on sidewalks.

      (1) No person shall ride a bicycle upon a sidewalk at a speed greater than the walking speed of pedestrians.
      (2) Persons riding a bicycle upon a sidewalk shall yield the right-of-way to any pedestrian and shall give an audible signal before overtaking and passing any pedestrian.
      (3) Persons riding a bicycle upon a sidewalk shall keep as close to the curb as is practicable to allow pedestrians to walk along sidewalks without impedance.

      The problem becomes the definition of “walking speed of pedestrians.” Most bikes on the sidewalk are going faster than a pedestrian would walk, but as long as they’re not speeding down sidewalks at a dangerous speed, I treat them no differently than I would someone running down the sidewalk. [quote comment=”221830″]Honest and simple question: Does having bike lanes painted in the street make it “illegal’ to ride a bike on the sidewalk?[/quote]

      • hoboken martello says:

        people should start treating them with a broomstick between the spokes![quote comment=”221837″]No, in fact, it is expressly permitted:J. Riding on sidewalks. (1) No person shall ride a bicycle upon a sidewalk at a speed greater than the walking speed of pedestrians. (2) Persons riding a bicycle upon a sidewalk shall yield the right-of-way to any pedestrian and shall give an audible signal before overtaking and passing any pedestrian. (3) Persons riding a bicycle upon a sidewalk shall keep as close to the curb as is practicable to allow pedestrians to walk along sidewalks without impedance.The problem becomes the definition of “walking speed of pedestrians.” Most bikes on the sidewalk are going faster than a pedestrian would walk, but as long as they’re not speeding down sidewalks at a dangerous speed, I treat them no differently than I would someone running down the sidewalk.[/quote]

      • animal_lover says:

        An elderly woman told me a story how she did just that :). Her cane went in the spokes and the rider fell and then accused her of intentionally putting her cane in the spoke. She denied it and of course we all know that cyclist especially a healthy six year old does not ride at the speed of a walker.[quote comment=”221839″]people should start treating them with a broomstick between the spokes![/quote]

      • animal_lover says:

        Give me a break. If one is actually “riding” at a speed of walking breaks would need to be consistently applied and then it would be more practical for the cyclist to walk the bike on the sidewalk. Today I counted more bikes on a sideWALK then people.

        Tired of fighting to walk safely in town. My business goes out of town where vehicles/cycles are prohibited.[quote comment=”221837″]No, in fact, it is expressly permitted:J. Riding on sidewalks. (1) No person shall ride a bicycle upon a sidewalk at a speed greater than the walking speed of pedestrians. (2) Persons riding a bicycle upon a sidewalk shall yield the right-of-way to any pedestrian and shall give an audible signal before overtaking and passing any pedestrian. (3) Persons riding a bicycle upon a sidewalk shall keep as close to the curb as is practicable to allow pedestrians to walk along sidewalks without impedance.The problem becomes the definition of “walking speed of pedestrians.” Most bikes on the sidewalk are going faster than a pedestrian would walk, but as long as they’re not speeding down sidewalks at a dangerous speed, I treat them no differently than I would someone running down the sidewalk.[/quote]

  5. Journey says:

    I bike, and rarely on the sidewalk. If I’m on the sidewalk I’m either walking my bike or I have one foot on the ground to steady the bike because going that slow, the bike will tip.

    I have a preschooler, she has a bike with training wheels. She has a bell and knows to ring it if she is going to pass someone. She also knows that you only travel in the same direction that the cars go. She currently is not going faster than a pedestrian, since I walk next to her. When she is on a bike big enough for her to be visible on the street, I will expect her to ride on the street.

    All that being said, I hate the bikers that break the law. More than the non-bikers, because they ruin things for the rest of us. Just like good dog owners must feel about the ones that let their dogs poop everywhere and don’t do a damn thing to clean it up.

    The good dog owners and bike riders might out number the bad (or not), but the bad are draw far more attention to themselves. You don’t see the good ones.

  6. erinsarah419 says:

    You’re calling him a “tool-bag bicyclist”. I don’t see it as such and I dont’ see whats with all the bike bashing.. Biking is awesome exercise and gets you from here to there in a healthy quick way. If you look at the video and look at the ground, you can CLEARLY see that the bike was in-fact riding in the bike lane and the driver was ALSO in the bike lane. The biker has a right to be pissed off if hes riding in the bike lane. as a new biker, I haven’t had any issues with riding in the bike lane as of yet. I rode all the way up clinton street the other day and stayed in the left hand bike lane, and the cars stayed out of it and drove right past me. In the shared bike lanes (2nd street and 3rd street) there is clearly not enough room for both bikes and cars, so I just make sure I go fast and I get to the side at the stop signs. IF I ride on the sidewalks, I do it slowly and most of the time its because the place I’m getting to is half a block up the street.

    So, I don’ tunderstand where this bike bashing is coming from, its a good thing. Again, the biker in the video was 100% in the bike lane and he got pissed that the truck came in his lane. so?

    • Frankie says:

      Some roads are way too narrow for stupid bike lanes or markers. You ever seen 12th Street uptown? Cars can barely get by without bikes clogging the road, why should we accommodate those nuisances? Better off banning bikes from most streets.[quote comment=”223215″]You’re calling him a “tool-bag bicyclist”. I don’t see it as such and I dont’ see whats with all the bike bashing.. Biking is awesome exercise and gets you from here to there in a healthy quick way. If you look at the video and look at the ground, you can CLEARLY see that the bike was in-fact riding in the bike lane and the driver was ALSO in the bike lane. The biker has a right to be pissed off if hes riding in the bike lane. as a new biker, I haven’t had any issues with riding in the bike lane as of yet. I rode all the way up clinton street the other day and stayed in the left hand bike lane, and the cars stayed out of it and drove right past me. In the shared bike lanes (2nd street and 3rd street) there is clearly not enough room for both bikes and cars, so I just make sure I go fast and I get to the side at the stop signs. IF I ride on the sidewalks, I do it slowly and most of the time its because the place I’m getting to is half a block up the street.So, I don’ tunderstand where this bike bashing is coming from, its a good thing. Again, the biker in the video was 100% in the bike lane and he got pissed that the truck came in his lane. so?[/quote]

    • animal_lover says:

      Recommended headstone- He was right, he was right, he was DEAD RIGHT.

      Classy is correct we don’t have the conditions for safe biking in Hoboken.[quote comment=”223215″]You’re calling him a “tool-bag bicyclist”. I don’t see it as such and I dont’ see whats with all the bike bashing.. Biking is awesome exercise and gets you from here to there in a healthy quick way. If you look at the video and look at the ground, you can CLEARLY see that the bike was in-fact riding in the bike lane and the driver was ALSO in the bike lane. The biker has a right to be pissed off if hes riding in the bike lane. as a new biker, I haven’t had any issues with riding in the bike lane as of yet. I rode all the way up clinton street the other day and stayed in the left hand bike lane, and the cars stayed out of it and drove right past me. In the shared bike lanes (2nd street and 3rd street) there is clearly not enough room for both bikes and cars, so I just make sure I go fast and I get to the side at the stop signs. IF I ride on the sidewalks, I do it slowly and most of the time its because the place I’m getting to is half a block up the street.So, I don’ tunderstand where this bike bashing is coming from, its a good thing. Again, the biker in the video was 100% in the bike lane and he got pissed that the truck came in his lane. so?[/quote]

  7. YouStayCl@ssyHoboken says:

    The only way bike lanes in Hoboken will pay off is in conjunction with a pedi-cab/pedi-delivery industry. Otherwise, bikes just compete with walking and mass transit, not with cars. Bikes are fun and/or greatly efficient under the right circumstances but other than the protected waterfront paths and a few other areas, those circumstances don’t exist in Hoboken.

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