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

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13 Comments on "Hoboken a Bicycle Friendly Community?"


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tommyhoboken2
2 years 8 months ago

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

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2 years 8 months ago

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.

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krewedetat
2 years 3 months ago

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.

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Swaby
2 years 3 months ago

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

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h4sbilc
2 years 3 months ago

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… Read more »

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hoboken martello
2 years 3 months ago

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… Read more »

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animal_lover
2 years 3 months ago

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]

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animal_lover
2 years 3 months ago

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… Read more »

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Journey
2 years 3 months ago

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… Read more »

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