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