I have to wholeheartedly disagree with him
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Dear Editor:

Regarding Edward Friedman's letter in the Reporter about bicycle riding on the sidewalk in Hoboken, I have to wholeheartedly disagree with him.

Although Hoboken would like to think of itself as a bicycle friendly city, its streets are simply not wide enough for bicycles and cars to share the road. It is also extremely dangerous that all the bike lanes have been marked right next to parked cars. At any moment someone can open a car door and "door" a biker causing serious injury or even death. You will notice that in New York City the main bike lanes on the north and south running avenues are never placed next to rows of parked cars. When I ride my bicycle on the sidewalk – I would never ride in the street for fear of my safety – I always plan my route using the widest sidewalks and least busy streets and I always yield to pedestrians. The next time you see a biker on the sidewalk this is why. Riding in the street is just too dangerous!

Peggy Randall

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assilem
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August 05, 2014
DFetterman, your State Senators and Assemblymen would love to here from you so this can be set straight.

CJD, you can not violate ADA and the public's right to passage on sidewalks because you have not found proper recreation for your child. It is foolish to imply anyone is suggesting your child ride in the streets. But do check out SRAM's website that gives extensive guidance on family biking.
J_R
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August 12, 2014
@assilem - we're not talking about recreation as much as transportation. I don't know what SRAM's website is--you can provide a link if you'd like--here's one for you: http://guide.saferoutesinfo.org/engineering/sidewalks.cfm

I'm all for widening sidewalks, adding protected lanes, etc. Meanwhile, some etiquette and education would probably suffice to resolve your objections on sharing the right-of-way.
CJd
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July 28, 2014
1) it is legal

2) would you be ok with young kids biking on the streets?

3) A.K. apparently is from out of town
dfetterman
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July 30, 2014
yes, riding bicycles in Hoboken is legal, but shouldn't be because those on bikes are arrogant and obnoxious. It maybe only the handful that I've seen, but in most places a bicycle is considered a vehicle. Until bike riders in Hoboken get some manners they ought to ride in the street or get off the bicycles. In most towns where the mayor doesn't subscribe to such misbehavior, bikes on sidewalks are illegal.

assilem
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August 05, 2014
oh CJD, nice try at cherry picking of facts. The League is a nationwide group of experienced cyclers with this position. The attorney's view are aligned and he deals with cycling cases regular and focused way. I don't think we need more legal expert opinions on a forum so I will stop here and trust that you will get the experience you need to parent a child that might loves bikes.
J_R
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August 12, 2014
@assilem - I expect that the position of 'experienced cyclers' does not find much application in Hoboken, except maybe in placement of striped bike lanes which may now be mostly illegal, with the newly passed NJ law granting cyclists a 4-foot minimum berth on roadways.

I agree with most of the points on governing cyclists' use of Hoboken sidewalks, including yours. I also think that skateboards, scooters, rollerblades, bicycles, strollers, walkers, crutches, wheelchairs, hoverounds, service dogs, segways and joggers can all peaceably share the protected public right-of-way. And the city can of course figure out ways to improve conditions to that end. You'll always have your bad days, scofflaws and alarmists to deal with.

It would be helpful to communicate the proper use of the sidewalks to the public; priorities, who-yields-to-whom, etc. Also, acceptable physical defense of one's self when one should encounter an out-of-control or reckless operator.
assilem
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July 20, 2014
This is not only dangerous but is illegal and imposes a servitude on those pedestrians that the sidewalk was created for.
assilem
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July 20, 2014
Andrew Kass, Accident Lawyer and cyclist explains the faulty logic of cyclist is want to ride on sidewalks:

...my position is aligned with The League of American Bicyclists which is it is safer to ride on the road and NOT on the sidewalk. To be clear, the BEST option would be a separate infrastructure designated and designed only for bicycles. However, short of that, riding with traffic has been statistically been shown to be safer for the bicyclist and pedestrians as well. In fact even when you ride a bicycle on a sidewalk there are many high risk exposures to motor vehicles.