Bikes on streets
Narrow streets + bikes = dumb
I’m telling you – my idea to RESTRICT bicycles on most east / west roads in Hoboken is a great idea. There are only about three roads that might have the wiggle room to be compatible with all modes of transportation.
But the other day, I got stuck behind a simple box truck on third street:
This guy couldn’t make it through, because an SUV up ahead wasn’t very good at parallel parking, and was maybe six inches from the curb instead of two. That little amount cause this stretch to be the tightest squeeze in the world!
Then, as the truck made it’s way ahead, I saw this funny scene: A bike lane marker on the road.
All I could think of “that’s what’s going to happen to someone soon on these narrow streets.” SPLAT!
Too bad our limp-wristed administration can only coddle bikers, instead of being realistic and logical. Oh well for someone!
Bikes on streets should be restricted in Hoboken!!!
As a suitable follow-up to the stupid “bike lane paint gripe” recently posted, no matter which way you slice it – bikes are a nuisance in Hoboken.
While we sometimes talk about bikes on sidewalks disrupting pedestrians, bikes on streets (some of them at least), are hazardous to drivers as well.
Certain streets in Hoboken are just TOO narrow to allow for both bicycle and pedestrian traffic. Mostly, the east/west “streets” are the worst – so narrow that you can barely parallel park, let alone permit these amateur cyclists to co-exist with the almighty motor vehicle.
On the other hand, most north/south avenues and streets are wide enough for BOTH double parkers and wrong-direction cyclists!
Solution: Limit roads for bikes
The way to solve this problem is to PROHIBIT bikes from most east/west roads. Plain and simple.
Allow bikes to use 14th Street, 11th Street, and Observer Highway ONLY.
Issue $2,000 tickets for anyone caught riding on the prohibited streets.
I will guarantee you that not one progressive politician can see the merit in this. Because “God forbid” they try to regulate the bicycle lunatics.
But I wouldn’t be surprised if maybe some of them start thinking about it the minute some spandex-wearing cycle-freaks start dropping dead from vehicular collisions on the narrow streets. It’s just a matter of time.