Thursday, September 4, 2014

NYT article: Jersey City gets a car-free zone

Flying in the face of a century of development — to say nothing of New Jersey's identity —
Jersey City closed Newark Avenue between Grove and Erie Streets to cars and trucks as of Aug. 19.
The closing, which is in effect from 3 p.m. until midnight on weekdays and throughout the weekend,
is a trial effort set to run through the end of October. 

The move to shut down a blocklong stretch of downtown Jersey City's main thoroughfare is just one of
many steps that Mayor Steven Fulop's administration has taken in an attempt to help tame the streets
of the state's second-largest city. These initiatives — the creation of pedestrian plazas, bicycle lanes,
slow zones and even a tentative bike-sharing network — would be familiar to many New Yorkers. But can
pedestrians and cyclists really get a foothold in a city that often feels to some like little more than an
on-ramp to the Holland Tunnel, especially in a state where toll increases and road closings can create
political potholes for elected officials?

To read the entire article, click here.

In Jersey City, 41% of households have no car, ranking behind NYC (56%) and Newark (44%).

1 comment:

  1. In a town where 41% of households have no car, setting aside one part of one street for pedestrian use at certain hours of the day is hardly radical. I still respect Fulop for this move. JC is on the up.