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Hoboken Seeks Public Input for Bike Share Program Locations

Monday, Sep 29, 2014



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.

The program will be operated by Bike and Roll, the largest bike tour and rental company in the United States, and will use bicycle technology manufactured by Nextbike, a leading operator and supplier of bike sharing systems with over 20,000 bicycles in 70 cities in 14 countries. The program will be financed through sponsorships, advertising, and membership fees.

The system will use smart bikes, the next generation of bike share technology. Traditional bike sharing systems rely on a “smart dock” approach for storing bicycles, which requires expensive infrastructure for docking stations. The “smart lock” approach relies on bicycles with built-in locks and communications equipment, providing increased flexibility at a fraction of the cost of traditional systems. This system will feature several “smart dock” stations along with a majority of “virtual dock” stations using traditional bicycle racks.

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Hoboken Introduces Final Washington Street Redesign Plan

Wednesday, Sep 24, 2014

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. More >

Community Invited to Washington Street Redesign Final Public Meeting

Monday, Sep 22, 2014


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.

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Update on Monarch Lawsuit & County Freeholder Meeting

Monday, Sep 22, 2014

The City of Hoboken is continuing to oppose, through a variety of means, Shipyard Associate’s attempts to develop residential buildings on a waterfront pier, known as the Monarch project, in place of promised recreation amenities. In particular, the City is highly concerned about public safety issues associated with waterfront pier development from the well-documented flood hazard threats posed by major storm events such as Superstorm Sandy.

The City of Hoboken is legally challenging the Monarch project on several fronts:

1. The City is appealing to the appellate court the decision by New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection to approve a permit for the Monarch project.

2. The City is appealing the Superior Court’s decision regarding the Hoboken Planning Board, which rejected Shipyard’s application to amend a prior Development Agreement until all legal issues were resolved.

3. The City is fighting a lawsuit in federal court filed by Shipyard challenging the City’s flood hazard protection ordinance which bans the development of commercial and residential development on waterfront piers. More >

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