Tuesday, October 21, 2014

A Tour Of The Innovative Bike Facilities of Hoboken And Jersey City

Last Saturday, the New Jersey chapter of the American Planning Association hosted a 'Tour of Bike Facilities' in Hoboken and Jersey City. For those of us who are slightly obsessed with building better bike facilities, and I unashamedly count myself in that group, this was an awesome opportunity to check out best practice from two towns that are making a sustained effort to implement 'Complete Streets' and give cyclists some space on the road.

I took a huge number of photos as I went round. Here are some of them. Not everything in Hoboken and Jersey City is applicable to Princeton- obviously- but we have more in common with these cities than you'd think. There is huge pressure for on-street parking in both places, just as there is in Princeton. But both cities manage to find room for cyclists. Check out how below…

Riders gathering for the APA-NJ Tour of Bike Facilities. Hoboken Terminal, October 19, 2014.

Jessica Giorgianni, chief organizer for APA-NJ, marshals the participants.

Matt Sharp, AICP, Senior Planner at Jersey City Planning Division,  and tour guide for JC.

Center, white shirt, Ryan Sharp, Principal planner, City of Hoboken Department of Transportation and Parking. Graduate of Rutgers Bloustein School of Planning, and tour guide for Hoboken.

On Sinatra Drive bike path, a 12-ft dedicated bike track on the Hudson waterfront, in Hoboken, with Ryan Sharp.

Median bike lane on 11th Street in Hoboken. I had never seen one in the median like this before. An interesting alignment, which preserves on-street parking on the side of the road.

Huge epoxy bulb-out with stanchions at corner of 11th and Willow in Hoboken. This is intended as a relatively inexpensive facility until the space can be further activated. Note elementary school in background.

Bike boulevard treatment on Willow Ave in Hoboken with sharrows, raised thermoplastic strips, and reverse rear-angle parking. Willow is a county road, leading to extra challenges for adding bike lanes.

Bike boulevard with sharrows in Hoboken. Note the eroded painted sharrow. More durable thermoplastic is preferred where resources allow, but Hoboken must contract for thermoplastic.

Bike corral in Hoboken. Hoboken has a program where local businesses sponsor and maintain corrals in the 25-ft 'no-parking zone' adjacent to intersections.

Bike lane adjacent to on-street parking in Hoboken. Not loved by all cyclists because of the possibility of getting 'doored', but Ryan was satisfied that they are a good facility.

Segregated bike track in Hoboken.

Bidirectional sidepath in Hoboken, note the width, which is compliant with standards.
On-street bike lane in Jersey City. In contrast to Hoboken's planner-led approach, the development of bike facilities in Jersey City was implemented by the Office of the Mayor, leading to a very large network being built quickly, but in several instances disregarding standards (the lanes shown are non-compliant). After consultation with local bike advocacy group 'Bike JC', the lane was moved from the door zone (dashed line) to the safer position on the left.

Shared space in Jersey City, provided by developer as part of development rights.

Jersey City skyline with lower Manhattan and Freedom Tower, as seen from Liberty State Park, Jersey City.

Green lane in Jersey City.

Hudson Waterfront trail in Jersey City.

Hudson Waterfront trail with iconic skyscraper in background.

Vertical deflection traffic calming device with bypass for cyclists, in Jersey City.
All in all, this was an amazing tour, and it's great to see so many innovative solutions being found for cyclists right here in the Garden State. It's a credit to both Hoboken and Jersey City that so much effort has been used to try to complete their streets. Thanks to APA-NJ for organizing!

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