New Protected Bikeway initiative announced this week for residents 

The new protected roadway runs along Marin Boulevard and Henderson Street, connecting 18th Street in Jersey City to Observer Highway in Hoboken

Bicyclists can now ride safely alongside vehicular traffic on a new protective roadway, which was announced this week by Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop and Hoboken Mayor Ravi S. Bhalla.

The new protected roadway runs along Marin Boulevard and Henderson Street, connecting 18th Street in Jersey City to Observer Highway in Hoboken. The Project is related to the city’s initiative to eliminate traffic fatalities called Vision Zero.

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 “Jersey City and Hoboken are among the most unique and busiest transportation hubs in the country, and this new bikeway linking our two cities is the latest step in expanding Jersey City’s growing network of protected bikeways to provide greater connectivity and safety for our residents and beyond,” said Fulop. 

“We are proud to work with Hoboken, Commissioner [Anthony]Romano, and Hudson County Executive [Tom] DeGise to find innovative approaches that provide countless new opportunities for the entire community from education and employment to healthcare and economic stimulus.”  

The new bikeway, consists of a new high-visibility traffic separator curb, flexible bollards, and Endurablend surface to provide high visibility and traction for bikers, according to a press release. The effort is the latest attempt to keep the mayor’s promise to provide safe roads for both Jersey City and Hoboken residents.

The project also lays out new extended turn lanes on Newark Street and Observer Highway in Hoboken to protect pedestrians and drivers.

In addition to this, last year, Jersey City and Hoboken partnered to launch a unified bike share system with Lyft’s Citi Bike to provide better connectivity between the two communities.    

Since the partnership launched in 2021, users have taken over 180,329 rides between both cities, accounting for 13 percent of total ridership.   

“For years, cyclists traveling between Jersey City and Hoboken faced dangerous and intimidating roadway conditions to reach their destinations. The new protected bike lane on Marin Boulevard provides a long overdue safe connection between the growing bike lane networks of our neighboring cities,” said Ayla Schermer, president of Bike Jersey City.

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Jordan Coll, Staff Writer
Jordan Coll, Staff Writer
Jordan Coll, is a journalist who currently lives in Jersey City. He graduated with a degree in journalism at Florida International University and is pursuing his masters at Columbia University School of Journalism.
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