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Hoboken, N.J.’s street design policies are saving lives

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Hoboken, N.J.’s street design policies are saving lives

Curb extensions, bike lanes, speed limit reduction have helped the city achieve zero pedestrian deaths since 2017.


By Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor | November 27, 2023
Image by Deepali Kale from Pixabay - Curb extensions, bike lanes, speed limit reduction have helped the city achieve zero pedestrian deaths since 2017.
Image by Deepali Kale from Pixabay

Transportation policies enacted in Hoboken, N.J. over the past several years are paying off in the form of fewer pedestrian deaths and injuries.

The city has adopted daylighting, bike lanes, lower speed limits, and intersection redesigns to make its roads safer. The citywide speed limit was reduced to 20 miles per hour. Crosswalks have been painted and repaved to make it easier for drivers to see them. More than 40 curb extensions have been installed to direct cars farther from intersections. Bike lanes now grace about half of Hoboken’s roads.

The mayor says that a bucket of paint enables the city to create a curb extension and high visibility crosswalks to realize a much safer environment at a modest cost. The measures taken by Hoboken have resulted in no traffic death since January 2017, with injuries falling 41%. This safer environment occurred while pedestrian deaths in the U.S. reach 40-year highs.

Daylighting, implementing measures that prevent cars parking at the corner of an intersection, has been a key strategy. This initiative was realized with bump outs—extensions of sidewalks or the creation of small rain gardens in lieu of additional pavement, or the addition of bike racks or bollards.

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