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Hoboken/Weehawken Announce Spring 2015 Launch of Bike Share Program


The City of Hoboken and Township of Weehawken are partnering to launch a next-generation bike share program using smart-bike technology manufactured by Nextbike. The German-based company currently has systems with over 20,000 bikes in 70 cities across 14 countries. The Hoboken/Weehawken system would be their first in the United States. Because the technology is new to the country, the electronic components manufactured by Nextbike are still awaiting approval by the FCC, which is expected by late December. As a result, the launch of the program has been rescheduled for March, 2015.

“We are looking forward to launching one of the first next-generation bike share systems in the country,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “This high-tech but considerably lower cost approach is more scalable and flexible than traditional systems and could open the door for an expansion of bike sharing into neighborhoods and communities across the region and country – not just our largest cities.”

Municipal Offices Closed for Thanksgiving Holiday & Free Parking for Holiday Shoppers

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City of Hoboken municipal offices will be closed for the Thanksgiving holiday on Thursday, November 27, 2014 and Friday, November 28, 2014. The Parking Utility customer service windows will be closed Thursday through Sunday and will reopen on Monday, December 1, 2014. Parking meters, permit regulations, and street cleaning will not be enforced on Thursday or Sunday, however parking enforcement will be in effect on Friday and Saturday.

To encourage local shopping this holiday season, the City of Hoboken is offering up to 4 hours of free garage parking in municipal garages B (28 2nd St), D (215 Hudson St) and Midtown (371 4th St) every Saturday from November 29 through December 20 and every day from December 21 through December 25 for visitors who come to Hoboken to shop or dine. Parking meters are free on Sundays.

To receive up to 4 hours of free parking, visitors must present to the parking attendant receipts totaling at least $20 from any Hoboken business(es) during these hours. Any time beyond 4 hours will be charged at the regular rate.

Hoboken Seeks Public Input for Bike Share Program Locations

 

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The City of Hoboken and Township of Weehawken are planning to launch the first phase of a bike share program with 300 bicycles by late fall of 2014. The program will include 230 bicycles in Hoboken and 70 bicycles in Weehawken. The manufacturer, NextBike, is providing the financing for the 300 bicycles.

“We are trying to make it easier for everyone to get around Hoboken, both with a car and without a car, and by offering bike sharing in every neighborhood, we are expanding transportation options for residents to get to the PATH, ferries, buses and travel throughout Hoboken more easily,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “This next-generation bike share technology costs a fraction of traditional systems, so it can support more bikes in more neighborhoods in a financially self-sufficient way without tax dollars. We look forward to input from the community and the Council on our proposed locations so that our city-wide bike share system can be implemented this year.”

Members of the community are invited to view a map of preliminary proposed locations for the approximately 20 bike share stations in Hoboken and to provide their input by Wednesday, October 8, 2014 on suggested locations by placing pins on an online map by visiting https://openplans.org/hoboken/bikeshare. Most bike share stations would be located in the 25 foot clear zone at corners where parking is prohibited, which would also improve visibility and pedestrian safety at intersections throughout the City.

Hoboken Introduces Final Washington Street Redesign Plan

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Bird’s-Eye View Rendering of Washington Street (Downtown)

The City of Hoboken has completed a conceptual design for the “complete street” redesign of Washington Street. The design was presented at the final public meeting on September 23, 2014.

“I thank the community for providing their input on this important project through public meetings, focus groups, and surveys,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “This plan builds on our award-winning main street by improving pedestrian safety and traffic flow, enhancing mobility for all users, and supporting local businesses. Now that we have community consensus, I look forward to working with the City Council and hope they will fully support this important project so it can be completed as quickly as possible.”

Complete streets are roadways designed for safe, attractive, and comfortable travel by users of all ages and abilities. The City’s plan proposes upgrading Washington Street with safety improvements and enhancements to get around safely on foot, bicycle, car, or public transportation. By providing safe and equitable travel for everyone—including children, families, older adults, and people with disabilities—complete streets stimulate active, healthy behavior, reduce automotive traffic and pollution, encourage more foot traffic to businesses, and enhance interaction on Hoboken’s vital main street.

Community Invited to Washington Street Redesign Final Public Meeting

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The City of Hoboken invites members of the community to the final public meeting for the Washington Street redesign on Tuesday, September 23, 2014 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm at the Multi Service Center, located at 124 Grand Street. The meeting will include a presentation of the final design concept for the redesign of Washington Street. 

For those who are unable to attend, meeting materials will be available on the project website following the meeting: www.hobokennj.org/washingtonstreet.

Community Invited to Take Online Survey for Sinatra Drive Design Alternatives

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On Monday, September 15, 2014, the 2nd public workshop was held as part of developing a community vision for the redesign of Sinatra Drive.

Members of the community are invited to visit www.hobokennj.org/sinatradrive to review project materials and complete an online survey to provide their feedback on various design alternatives.

The survey will be open through Friday, October 3, 2014.

Hoboken Offers Free Rides on Hop Shuttle System Through End of October

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New Buses Provide GPS Tracking, Wheelchair Access & AC

The City of Hoboken invites the community to rediscover the revamped Hop shuttle bus system with free rides through the end of October. Beginning Monday, September 15th through Friday, October 31st, riders may use any of the three Hop shuttle bus routes at no charge as often as they wish.

The City recently purchased new shuttle buses to replace the old Hop bus fleet that regularly broke down and needed to be taken out of service for maintenance. All buses now have electronic message boards to indicate the route, wheelchair lifts, and air conditioning. The buses are equipped with GPS and can be tracked in real-time on smartphones through the SmartTraxx application for iOS and Android.

“Whether it’s for taking children to school, commuting, shopping, or just getting around town, we want to provide more convenient transportation options for our community,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “We invite everyone to take advantage of the free service through the end of October and rediscover the Hop.”

Community Invited to Public Meetings for Parking & Mobility Master Plan, Sinatra Dr Redesign & Washington St Redesign


The City of Hoboken invites members of the community to three public meetings in the coming weeks regarding the Parking & Mobility Master Plan, Sinatra Drive redesign, and Washington Street redesign. All meetings will be held from 6:30pm to 8:30pm at the Multi Service Center, located at 124 Grand Street.

Parking & Mobility Master Plan Community Meeting
What: Presentation of Parking Master Plan policy and legislative recommendations
When: Tuesday, September 9, 2014 6:30pm-8:30pm
Where: Multi Service Center, 124 Grand Street, Hoboken, NJ
Website: www.hobokennj.org/parkingplan

Sinatra Drive Visioning & Design Community Meeting
What: Presentation of alternatives for the design of Sinatra Drive
When: Monday, September 15, 2014, 6:30pm-8:30pm
Where: Multi Service Center, 124 Grand Street, Hoboken, NJ
Website: www.hobokennj.org/sinatradrive

Washington Street Complete Street Redesign Community Meeting
What: Presentation of the final design concept for the redesign of Washington Street
When: Tuesday, September 23, 2014, 6:30pm-8:30pm
Where: Multi Service Center, 124 Grand Street, Hoboken, NJ
Website: www.hobokennj.org/washingtonstreet

For those who are unable to attend, meeting materials will be available on the project websites following the meetings.

Upper Willow Avenue Resurfacing Features Traffic & Pedestrian Safety Improvements

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Hudson County recently completed the repaving of Willow Avenue from 11th Street to 13th Street. These two blocks, which had 64 vehicle collisions from 2008 to 2013, include an elementary school, a large senior housing population, and a pocket park. As a result, the City of Hoboken advocated that additional traffic and pedestrian safety measures be incorporated into the resurfacing of the street, and the City thanks Hudson County for working to make the street safer. The safety improvements included as part of this project include:

  • Painted textured curb extensions at corners protected by vertical delineators (flexible bollards). They provide increased space for pedestrians waiting to cross intersections, reduce crossing distances, increase pedestrian visibility, reduce vehicle speeds by narrowing the roadway, and reduce illegal parking in crosswalks.
  • High visibility, straightened out crosswalks to further shorten crossing distances and to be more visible to drivers at night. Reduced crossing distances also provide extra time for green lights.
  • “Sharrows” (shared arrows) to guide cyclists and indicate to drivers that the roadway is to be shared with bikes.
  • A striped buffer to keep bicyclists out of the car “dooring” zone.
  • Reverse (or back-in) angle parking.

Sewer Replacement Project to Begin on Jackson Street on August 4th

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The North Hudson Sewerage Authority will begin work on Monday, August 4, 2014 to replace three blocks of combined sewer along Jackson Street, from Newark Street to 1st Street. The work is expected to last approximately 8 to 10 weeks.

The existing wooden box sewer, which was constructed in the 1870’s, has deteriorated and partially collapsed, creating blockages in the combined sewer system, which adversely affects drainage in the area. The result of the project will be improved drainage which will help to alleviate local flooding. With the exception of this section of sewer, almost all of the sewer system in Southwest Hoboken has been rehabilitated by the Authority during the last decade.

Construction will take place in three phases as noted below, with each phase taking approximately 2 to 3 weeks to complete. For each phase, parking will be prohibited 24/7 on both sides along the corresponding block. Police will be on site at all times during construction to provide traffic control. The Authority will coordinate with the local businesses and residents to allow driveway access.