Willow Avenue redesign

Will Willow Avenue redesign benefit Hoboken?

Willow Avenue Redesign in Hoboken NJ necessary or overkillIn the works is a “complete streets” project uptown. With the proposed Willow Avenue redesign, Hudson County (in cooperation with the city), wants to re-pave Willow Ave (good – it’s falling apart), along with reducing the automobile travel lanes to accommodate bicyclists and “protect” pedestrians (unnecessary if people were aware of their surroundings).

What are “complete streets” you ask?

“Instituting a Complete Streets policy ensures that transportation planners and engineers consistently design and operate the entire roadway with all users in mind – including bicyclists, public transportation vehicles and riders, and pedestrians of all ages and abilities.”

Traffic near this area already backs up fairly significantly during peak times – and that includes two lanes of travel.

Hoboken’s population has estimated to have grown close to 4% since the 2010 Census, and will only keep increasing as new properties are sprouting up like daisies.

Do you think constricting the flow of vehicular traffic will benefit the city? Or simply create more log-jams, frustrating traffic conditions and other headaches that might just keep visitors away? Will the Hoboken parents who already double park here now be upset about the bike lanes? Or will they continue believing they’re exempt?

How accommodating should “streets” be anyway? How can you possibly make every roadway for everyone? Do you see bike lanes on highways? At what point should the line be drawn and stop catering to every demographic? Do bicyclists and self-centered pedestrians just add to the problem? Maybe Darwin should solve the problems?

Willow Ave Redesign in Hoboken NJ proposed

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17 Comments on "Willow Avenue redesign"


BklynHobo
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2 years 11 months ago
kooky kat
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2 years 11 months ago

Thanks for that little history lesson! 🙂

I do ride my bike around town and I love doing it! However, it doesn’t negate the fact that I need to get into the city 5 days a week to my job.

vpm
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vpm
2 years 11 months ago
I’m glad you asked, no I’m not saying you are stupid. I used extreme examples. Venice is the largest pedestrian only city in the world, no cars or bikes. So when you go there and walk around you can get a feeling for what an urban experience feels like when the city is designed to the human scale. Amsterdam or any Dutch city, also Bremen, Germany, and Münster, Germany are good examples of how a city works when its designed around a person on a bicycle. So when you visit you can experience what that feels like. Then you can… Read more »
YouStayCl@ssyHoboken
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YouStayCl@ssyHoboken
2 years 11 months ago
Vince–Thanks for sharing your perspective–keep at it! Amsterdam is built for cars and trams just as importantly as it accommodates bikes, I would say. e.g., when crossing the street as a pedestrian in the city center, you have to look about 6 ways to avoid all of the different types of traffic that share the road–which is pretty impressive/intimidating. Hoboken is not in the transportation (or any other) league of cities that you mentioned. Hoboken is a fairly unique walking-scale city, in that it is very small/dense, relatively affluent, young/active and mainly a bedroom/commuter community. The majority of residents have… Read more »
vpm
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vpm
2 years 11 months ago

This is how you do a bike lane, none of this amatuer stuff.

spacing.ca/toronto/2012/08/09/urban-planet-dutch-intersection-design/

vpm
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vpm
2 years 11 months ago
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