Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Mayor Bloomberg is Really Promoting Bicycle Commuting. Should Hoboken do the Same?

New York City's Mayor Bloomberg is making great strides to make way for further growth.  Subway usage has been at an all time high as the city's total population has grown in the last 5 years.  It's down slightly due to the recession but as companies hire New York will need to figure out how to expand.  Reducing car traffic and making way for greater pedestrian and bicycle commuters will allow the city to grow.

Blocking sections of Time Square to car traffic has allowed what was overflowing sidewalk foot traffic to spill on the now quiet streets.  Those who were willing to take their cars into the city need to think twice and hopefully will opt for the more efficient bus or Path.

Continuing to pave the way, Bloomberg has instituted it's safe bike storage policy to encourage bike commuters.  You can see that usage is way up.

Hoboken has plenty of places to put your bike safely (although the Mayor's bicycle was stolen right after she became the Interim Mayor).  Should Hoboken put in a similar policy?  Should we encourage compact and energy efficient scooters by giving allowing them to park for free (with a resident sticker) when the city installs Muni-meters?  How would a motorcycle or scooter secure the Muni-Meter receipt anyway?

What do you think?

Provided by Donna Antonucci
Prudential Castle Point Realty

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