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Hoboken, NJ - Tuesday, December 13th, 2011
First buffered bike lane installed; Bike sharing program planned
The City of Hoboken has installed its first self-service bike repair
station, becoming one of the first municipalities on the east coast with
a public bike repair facility. The City has also doubled the number of
bike racks near the PATH. The more than 30 new bike racks are available
for sponsorship by businesses or residents and will be acknowledged with
an engraved plaque adjacent to the bike rack.
“Our streets are public spaces that belong to everyone, not just
cars,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “Every Hoboken resident is a pedestrian,
and more than ever, they are also riding bikes to get around. This
expansion of our bicycle infrastructure demonstrates our strong
commitment to making Hoboken more bike-friendly.”
The bike repair service station behind the Bus Terminal adjacent to
the PATH has a stand to hold a bike, a hand-operated air pump, and basic
tools including wrenches, screw drivers, and tire lever for minor
repairs. The bike racks and bike repair station are part of pedestrian
and cycling improvements to Hudson Place that began with construction of
expanded and rebuilt sidewalks and bump-outs. Street furniture and
planters are also planned for Hudson Place.
Through the City’s bike rack sponsorship program, businesses and
residents can sponsor the bike racks near the PATH or can sponsor the
installation of a new bike rack outside their storefront or other
location. New bike repair stations can also be sponsored. The first new
bike rack near the PATH has already been sponsored, and the City is
seeking sponsors for the remaining racks. Interested residents or
businesses should submit the bicycle rack donation form found at: http://hobokennj.org/docs/transportation/bicycle-rack-donation-form.pdf.
Earlier in the week, the City striped its first “buffered” bike lane
along a segment of Clinton Street that was recently repaved between 15th
and 16th Streets. The bike lane, which will be extended along all of
Clinton Street, represents the first segment of 10 miles of new planned
bike lanes along wider streets throughout Hoboken.
“Bike lanes aren’t just for bikes,” added Transportation and Parking
Director Ian Sacs. “They are a critical tool in reducing vehicle speeds
and improving pedestrian safety. Our bike lanes have been demonstrated
to reduce speeds by an average of 4 miles per hour, greatly lowering the
chance of fatality in the case of a collision with a pedestrian.”
The City is also working in conjunction with the Hudson
Transportation Management Association towards implementing a city-wide
bike-sharing system. More information on bicycling-related initiatives,
rules, and regulations can be found at http://www.hobokennj.org/bikes.