HOBOKEN, NJ - Pedestrians will have a few options to stretch their legs this weekend, as Hoboken blocks off a number of streets for recreational and commercial activities.
Based on the positive feedback of previously established “slow streets”, the City is once again bringing the program back this Saturday and Sunday from 8:00 am until 8:00 pm on Park Avenue (between 5th Street and 11th Street) and 10th Street (from Hudson Street to Grand Street) to facilitate additional room for social distancing while walking, jogging, biking and more.
This slow streets route also provides a public connection between Church Square Park and Columbus Park.
Here's how it's supposed to work:
-All intersecting cross-streets will remain open; drivers are strongly advised to proceed slowly (5 MPH or less) and cautiously through intersections if no stop sign, traffic signal, or police or traffic control is present and expect people to be traveling from all directions. Keeping the intersection open builds on the momentum of the popular Open Streets pilot, which repurposed streets for socially-distanced travel and exercise simultaneously, while minimizing the impact on limited police resources to enforce street closures.
-Local vehicle traffic accessing a garage or driveway entrance, making a delivery, or responding to an emergency is permitted on the block. All drivers are asked to pay close attention to your surroundings and not exceed 5 MPH. When entering or exiting the block, please proceed cautiously around the barricades.
-The City will monitor the program, including by using feedback from local residents and businesses, to determine whether and/or how to expand the Slow Streets pilot due to growing demand for repurposing outdoor public space as Hoboken reopens and recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic.
Meanwhile, the Hoboken Business Alliance will be holding its inaugural “Summer Streets” initiative on Sunday, June 28 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. along 1st Street in Hoboken. The street will be open to pedestrian traffic only from Washington Street to Clinton Street, encouraging people to explore and support the diverse mix of shops, stores, and restaurants in the 1st Street neighborhood. Social distancing and mask guidelines will be maintained, while tables will be set up throughout the street where local restaurants can take orders and serve guests. Meanwhile, a number of local shops will have items on display outside available for purchase.
“These are challenging times for small businesses and it’s critical that we continue to find ways to support the local Hoboken community,” says Gregory Dell’Aquila, President of the Hoboken Business Alliance. “With Summer Streets, the Hoboken Business Alliance is creating new opportunities for businesses to expand their footprint and connect with customers in a safe and meaningful way.”
Following the pilot event on June 28, the HBA plans to extend Summer Streets throughout the Mile Square neighborhood over the next eight weeks.
For more information on Summer Streets presented by the Hoboken Business Alliance and the #GoBoken campaign, go to www.hobokenalliance.com or follow Hoboken Business Alliance on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter.
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