Hoboken launches Vision Zero website

Public input sought as the city moves toward no traffic-related injuries and deaths by 2030

Mayor Bhalla signed an Executive Order officially launching the Vision Zero safety campaign in August of 2019.
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Mayor Bhalla signed an Executive Order officially launching the Vision Zero safety campaign in August of 2019.

Mayor Ravi Bhalla has announced the launch of Hoboken’s official Vision Zero project website to facilitate public engagement on traffic safety initiatives.

According to a press release from the city, the website will create multiple ways for the public to participate in Vision Zero, including feedback on areas where traffic safety can be improved.

It includes a  “Vision Zero Pledge” to encourage residents to help Hoboken achieve its Vision Zero’s goal of eliminating traffic-related injuries and deaths within city limits by 2030.

“Hoboken is committed to eliminating all traffic-related injuries and fatalities, and our new website will help us solicit public feedback as we work toward this goal,” Bhalla said. “I invite all residents to fill out the survey and let us know which areas Hoboken should focus on for traffic safety improvements, and take the Vision Zero Pledge to reinforce important safety precautions while using our streets.”

What do you think?

The website, www.vzhoboken.com, includes a public survey, interactive feedback map, two community tool kits, and a signup for updates.

The public is encouraged to take the survey and use the map to identify locations where they feel unsafe due to traffic-related conditions such as speeding, failure to stop or yield, or double parking.

The city will use the map to evaluate the relationship between locations of traffic-related crashes which cause injuries and deaths and where residents experience unsafe conditions.

The city is accepting public responses to the survey and map at https://www.vzhoboken.com/public-input, through Aug. 31.

Bhalla also encourages residents to take the Vision Zero pledge, which reminds residents and visitors that actions, like yielding to the most vulnerable road user, paying attention to surroundings, and driving cautiously and slowly around schools and parks, all play an important part in achieving the goal.

The website includes a Safe Routes to School Toolkit and Community Ambassador Toolkit, which will expand as the Vision Zero Action Plan is developed over the next several months.

The Safe Routes to School Toolkit provides opportunities for youth to share what will help them feel safer on Hoboken streets as well as information campaign examples, “idea cards” for use at home and school, and examples of other Safe Routes to School efforts  to help parents and teachers support student engagement.

Once in-person events resume, the city plans a Community Ambassador peer-to-peer outreach campaign.

The Community Ambassador Toolkit includes a two-sided general information postcard about traffic safety, “idea cards” for people to write their ideas and post in the community or on social media.

Sights on 2030 

In August of 2019, Bhalla signed an Executive Order officially launching the Vision Zero safety campaign which established both a Vision Zero Task Force and initiated a Vision Zero Action Plan.

The task force and the Vision Zero project team will identify several additional strategies for city departments and community groups.

Once these strategies are drafted, the public can provide feedback.

Hoboken has continued with a number of other initiatives as a part of Vision Zero, including the installation of new curb extensions, the repainting of crosswalks with high visibility paint, striping of over five miles of bike lanes within Hoboken, and installation of two new traffic lights at Hudson Street and Hudson Place and at at 14th Street and Garden Street.

Earlier this year, the city and Hudson County completed the Newark Street Complete Street Redesign Project, which included four new high-visibility crosswalks, 10 new curb extensions, a new mid-block crosswalk, new ADA-compliant crosswalk ramps, and a new protected bike lane.

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