The following letter was sent to Ms. Laurie Cotter, Business Administrator of the City of Hoboken:
I am very happy to see that the City of Hoboken has been repainting crosswalks to make them more visible and adding yield-to-pedestrian signs at various intersections around town. I think this is a much-needed improvement and hopefully, drivers will comply.
I would like to mention, however, several problematic intersections that have not received any such attention from the city, at least so far. I have twice sent emails to your office, via the public information officer, about my concerns but have received no response.
The primary intersection that worries me is the meeting of Newark with Clinton Street. Both east and westbound drivers on Newark whip onto Clinton at high speed; the eastbound drivers in particular are usually in a rush to cut across the westbound lane to turn onto Clinton, which is northbound. Not only are drivers on Newark typically traveling at relatively high speeds, they cannot see pedestrians in the Clinton crosswalk because their vision is blocked by cars parked alongside Newark up to the corner of Newark and Clinton.
I live at this intersection, and I guarantee you, it's an accident waiting to happen. I often cross at First Street just to avoid the Clinton/Newark corner. However, I'm not sure it's much of an improvement, considering that my husband was broadsided and thrown into the air while crossing at First and Clinton by a driver who didn't even bother to get out of his car.
In any case, as more and more development takes place in west Hoboken, the pedestrian traffic up Newark on the way to the PATH train will only increase. Please repaint this sidewalk and install yield to pedestrian signs clearly visible to both west and eastbound drivers at this dangerous intersection.
Other intersections along Newark that drivers often roll through are Newark and Willow and worse, Newark and Garden. Everybody's in a hurry to cut through to Observer Highway, it seems. These intersections also need some attention followed by enforcement or traffic laws by police before a pedestrian is injured.
Thank you for your consideration.