Bicycle & Pedestrian Plan
The final Hoboken Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan is now available for viewing.
This page provides information and background on the Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan for the City of Hoboken.
A Public Information Center was held on November 30, 2010 from 4:30pm to 7:30pm at the Multi-Service Center, 124 Grand Street.
About the Plan
The City of Hoboken, in collaboration with the Sweet Streets pedestrian and bicycle community advocacy group, was selected to be part of the New Jersey Department of Transportation’s Office of Bicycle and Pedestrian Programs Local Technical Assistance Program. The purpose of this program is to assist municipalities in the development of a Municipal Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan by providing technical assistance and professional services that address concerns for walking and bicycling.
Hoboken’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan takes a comprehensive approach to identifying capital improvements for enhancing, expanding, and creating walking and bicycling opportunities throughout the City. The Plan defines a system for creating an alternative transportation network that connects neighborhoods and amenities to allow residents and visitors, of all ages and abilities, ample choices for moving about the City.
The Plan dovetails with the City’s recent accomplishments of adding additional bike and pedestrian facilities throughout the city. As part of the comprehensive approach, the Plan outlines recommendations for the City in implementing strategies and performance measures to create safe streets that are bicyclist and pedestrian friendly and directs the City towards resources for educating all users of the streets.
The City of Hoboken’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan was developed during the summer and fall months of 2010. The public was continuously engaged during this project through the involvement of a project Steering Committee and outreach efforts including a public visioning workshop and a public open house held after the development of the preliminary Draft Plan.
Feedback from Visioning Meeting
The following is a list of the major tasks that were involved in the planning process for Hoboken’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan and a brief description of what each task entails.
TASK 1: KICKOFF/SCOPE/ADMINISTRATION
The first task in the project will be for the consultant team, The RBA Group (RBA), to meet with NJDOT and Hoboken representatives to review Hoboken’s project needs and understanding and existing resources available. At the onset of the project, RBA will work with the City of Hoboken and Hoboken Sweet Streets to establish a project steering committee comprised of community stakeholders that will oversee the project and provide input to the consultant team as the Plan is developed.
TASK 2: COMMUNITY PARTICIPATION
It is essential to involve the Public along all stages of the project to insure that stakeholders and the community members have opportunities for providing input and to elicit support for the Plan. RBA, together with the Steering Committee, will host community visioning workshop to inform the public about the study and obtain public input to develop a community vision for bicycling and walking.
Following the completion of the analysis phase and the development of a preliminary Draft Plan, RBA, together with the Steering Committee, will facilitate a Public Open House to present findings and recommendations to the public and to solicit their input and comments on recommended improvements.
TASK 3: DATA COLLECTION, REVIEW & ANALYSIS
This task will involve a system evaluation utilizing all existing data to establish a baseline of current bicycle and pedestrian accommodations and activity and identify opportunities and constraints for future improvements.
TASK 4: EXISTING CONDITIONS/OPPORTUNITIES & CONSTRAINTS
This task will involve a system evaluation utilizing all existing data to establish a baseline of current bicycle and pedestrian accommodations, trip attractors, barriers, gaps of connectivity, and identify opportunities and constraints for future improvements.
TASK 5: RECOMMENDATIONS
RBA will develop a recommended bicycle and pedestrian plan for the City that provides linkages, between key trip generators and trip attractors throughout Hoboken. The process will result in the preparation of a 5E (Engineering, Enforcement, Education, Encouragement and Evaluation) Action Implementation Menu comprised of recommended options to consider for bicycle and pedestrian improvements. These recommended options will be vetted through the NJDOT and Steering Committee for approval.
TASK 6: PLAN PREPARATION
Based on the results of all previous tasks, RBA will develop a Draft Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan specific to the City’s vision that presents the recommended bicycle and pedestrian opportunities and identifies facility types for each improvement. The Plan will include an implementation strategy including policy suggestions to augment the 5E Menu of Recommendations.
The Hoboken Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan Project Team consists of the New Jersey Department of Transportation’s Office of Bicycle and Pedestrian Programs, the City of Hoboken and the consultant selected by NJDOT to assist the City of Hoboken in the development of a comprehensive bicycle and pedestrian plan.
To assist with the planning for the Hoboken Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan, NJDOT selected The RBA Group as the planning consultant. The RBA Group is a multidisciplinary firm, headquartered in Parsippany, New Jersey, that has been among the nation’s leaders in providing design, planning, environmental and engineering services for communities, state and federal agencies and private sector clients for over 40 years.
As part of the Hoboken City Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan, the City of Hoboken in coordination with the Project Team created a Steering Committee (SC) to oversee and direct the study in coordination with the public participation process. Members of the SC provided input on the vision for bicycling and walking in Hoboken, safety concerns, policy issues, principles, prioritization, design guidelines and standards, within the overall content and format of the Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan. The SC consists of residents, representatives from municipal, county, and state government agencies, business owners or representatives, community groups, non-profit organizations, and other interested parties.
The Hoboken Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan was prepared under contract with the New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) Office of Bicycle and Pedestrian Programs through their Local Technical Assistance (LTA) Program. Financial support for the LTA Program is provided to NJDOT by the Federal Highway Authority.
As part of the planning process, the project team is worked with the community to craft a vision for the future of bicycling and walking in Hoboken as well as specific goals for both physical accommodations and programmatic activities to support bicycle and pedestrian travel. The visioning meeting took place on Tuesday August 3rd at the Multi-Use Center from 4:30 pm – 7:30 pm.’