HOBOKEN - The city announced on Wednesday that Hoboken was honored by the Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center as a gold level "walk friendly community."
Hoboken received the second highest score in the nation behind Seattle, Wash., for its “innovative encouragement programs intended to increase walking," according to a release.
A brief press conference was held at Hudson Place near the PATH station, and it was held at that location for a reason. The city has worked to widen the sidewalk in the downtown area that sees thousands of pedestrians on a daily basis, and will soon work on even more pedestrian improvements near Hudson Place.
Phase II of the project will include improving the pedestrian areas and widening the sidewalks near the current transit terminal taxi stand, and is being done through a $160,000 New Jersey Department of Transportation grant.
“I’m proud that we are combining our historical street grid with progressive transportation initiatives and a focus on pedestrian safety to make Hoboken one of the most walk friendly cities in the country,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer in a press release. “As gas prices rise and families seek more healthy lifestyles, Hoboken will continue to welcome families and businesses looking for a unique walkable and bikeable community.”
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