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Cycling Advocates Want Permanent Bike Lane On 14th Street Viaduct

Cycling Advocates Want Permanent Bike Lane On 14th Street Viaduct

Bike advocates met with Commissioner Anthony Romano, Hoboken Councilwoman Emily Jabbour and Jersey City Councilman Yousef Saleh to discuss safety. HOBOKEN, NJ — Local cycling…

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Bike advocates met with Commissioner Anthony Romano, Hoboken Councilwoman Emily Jabbour and Jersey City Councilman Yousef Saleh to discuss safety. HOBOKEN, NJ — Local cycling advocates are calling on Hudson County officials to add a protected bike lane on the 14 th Street Viaduct, a busy corridor that connects Hoboken with Jersey City and Union City.

Currently, the county has put up barriers and fencing in anticipation of constructing a new sidewalk guardrail on the span, which, Bike Hudson County said, has inadvertently “created a safe cycling path” and requested the protected barriers be made permanent after the guardrail is complete.

“It is our understanding that this new pedestrian guardrail will create an even more narrow sidewalk than currently exists,” the group said. “There is barely enough room for pedestrians as it is, and people on bicycles, who use the sidewalk due to unsafe road conditions, will now be vying for an even smaller section of space along with pedestrians.”

Instead, Bike Hudson County, along with advocates from Union City, Hoboken and Jersey City, believe the best way to make the viaduct safer is to relocate one eastbound lane of car traffic to create a two-way protected bike path.

Doing so would not only create a safe lane for riders, but get them off the sidewalk, therefore making more room for pedestrians, the groups said.

Another benefit: it could help slow car traffic down as it reaches the bottom of the viaduct in Hoboken at Willow Avenue and 14 th Street, a “known […]

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