When discussing bicycle-infrastructure, bike lanes often dominate the conversation. However, parking can play a crucial psychological role.

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In 2004, Portland, Oregon, launched an ambitious project to increase the availability of bicycle parking in the city.

One of the initiatives was the building of bike ‘corrals’ — exclusive bike parking facilities that would house 10–20 bikes each. Located on the street, these facilities could increase the bike parking on a block by up to 800%. However, every corral built would involve reallocating 1–2 car spaces, and so there were big questions about the potential impact on local businesses.

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Bike Corralls Used in Portland Program

There is a common belief that in dense commercial areas, most customers are motorists. By reducing available on-street parking in Portland, it was feared that motorists would choose to take their business to locations where there was free or more readily available parking. …


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On November 5, 2019, Hoboken residents will have the opportunity to vote for a city council member to represent their ward. We sent a questionnaire to all the candidates requesting their policy positions on topics related to bicycling and walking in the city of Hoboken. We received responses from 12 of the 14 candidates running for city council — we thank all of the candidates who took the time to send us thoughtful responses to these questions that are top of mind for many in Hoboken.

There are a few themes that can be drawn out from the responses, a notable one being the overwhelming support for protected bike lanes. Almost all of the candidates expressed an openness or clear support for implementing protected bike lanes in Hoboken. This is no surprise as communities of all sizes across the US and around the world are aggressively implementing protected bike lanes to keep people on bicycles of all ages and abilities safe from harm, improve safety for all street users by clearly separating bicyclists from other street users, and encourage non-car transportation in the face of our public health and climate change crises. We don’t have to look far (New York, Jersey City) to see other communities implementing protected bike lanes, so the excuse that they may be “appropriate” for that other city but not Hoboken is losing validity. …


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Thanks to First Ward city council candidates Migdalia Pagan-Milano for responding to our questionnaire. We did not receive a response to our questionnaire from the other first ward candidate Michael DeFusco. Please take the time to read through the responses and go out and vote on November 5th to elect a city council that will work towards creating a more bicycle and pedestrian-friendly Hoboken!

Note: We asked each of the candidates to keep their responses to a yes/no if possible or keep it as concise as possible. We did not edit any of the responses despite some candidates providing lengthier answers — please do not interpret a lengthier response as being a more comprehensive one since we requested brevity. …


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Thanks to Sixth Ward city council candidates Cristin Cricco-Powell, Jen Giattino and Frank Rosner for responding to our questionnaire. Please take the time to read through the responses and go out and vote on November 5th to elect a city council that will work towards creating a more bicycle and pedestrian-friendly Hoboken!

Note: We asked each of the candidates to keep their responses to a yes/no if possible or keep it as concise as possible. We did not edit any of the responses despite some candidates providing lengthier answers — please do not interpret a lengthier response as being a more comprehensive one since we requested brevity. …


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Thanks to Fifth Ward city council candidates Phil Cohen, Tim Crowell and Nicola Maganuco for responding to our questionnaire. Please take the time to read through the responses and go out and vote on November 5th to elect a city council that will work towards creating a more bicycle and pedestrian-friendly Hoboken!

Note: We asked each of the candidates to keep their responses to a yes/no if possible or keep it as concise as possible. We did not edit any of the responses despite some candidates providing lengthier answers — please do not interpret a lengthier response as being a more comprehensive one since we requested brevity. …


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Thanks to Fourth Ward city council candidate Lisa Sprengle for responding to our questionnaire. Her opponent Ruben Ramos did not respond to our questionnaire. Please take the time to read through the responses and go out and vote on November 5th to elect a city council that will work towards creating a more bicycle and pedestrian-friendly Hoboken!

Note: We asked each of the candidates to keep their responses to a yes/no if possible or keep it as concise as possible. We did not edit any of the responses despite some candidates providing lengthier answers — please do not interpret a lengthier response as being a more comprehensive one since we requested brevity. …


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Thanks to Third Ward city council candidates Ronald Bautista and Michael Russo for responding to our questionnaire. Please take the time to read through the responses and go out and vote on November 5th to elect a city council that will work towards creating a more bicycle and pedestrian-friendly Hoboken!

Note: We asked each of the candidates to keep their responses to a yes/no if possible or keep it as concise as possible. We did not edit any of the responses despite some candidates providing lengthier answers — please do not interpret a lengthier response as being a more comprehensive one since we requested brevity. …


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Thanks to Second Ward city council candidates Nora Martinez DeBenedetto and Tiffanie Fisher for responding to our questionnaire. Please take the time to read through the responses and go out and vote on November 5th to elect a city council that will work towards creating a more bicycle and pedestrian-friendly Hoboken!

Note: We asked each of the candidates to keep their responses to a yes/no if possible or keep it as concise as possible. We did not edit any of the responses despite some candidates providing lengthier answers — please do not interpret a lengthier response as being a more comprehensive one since we requested brevity. …


While riding a bicycle in Hoboken can be fun and peaceful for some, others find it extremely scary and dangerous (which is why we need your help engaging with our local politicians for protected bike lanes!). Or even if you enjoy cycling in the city, sometimes it’s nice to get away and be able to ride for miles without worrying about cars. Fortunately, there are some nice trails near Hoboken where people of all ages and abilities can enjoy a nice, peaceful ride.

Liberty State Park

The closest place you can go to ride for miles without having to worry about cars is Liberty State Park in Jersey City. If you’re comfortable with street riding, it’s about 3 miles to bike there from Hoboken, with bike lanes available most of the way. There’s a way to get there and avoid crossing I-78/14th St by going southbound on Coles St, which takes you underneath I-78/Rte. …


We’re really excited about the upcoming NJ Bike & Walk Summit on Saturday, February 23rd at Mercer County Community College. They have some great keynote speakers lined up for the one day event. In addition, there will be many sessions on topics related to making New Jersey a safer and enjoyable place to bike and walk. It will also be a great opportunity to network with other like-minded people.

You can register for the Summit here: https://njbwc.org/summit-2019/

We’re planning on having a group of attendees from North Jersey travel to the summit via bicycle and train. …

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Bike Hoboken strives to make Hoboken a haven for pedestrians and bicyclists alike while making bicycling safe, fun and accessible.

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