HOBOKEN, NJ — After what officials are characterizing as a successful pilot run last weekend, Hoboken will once again open one of its streets to pedestrian and bicycle traffic.
This Saturday, May 16 and Sunday May 17, Adams Street will be closed to vehicular traffic. Emergency vehicles and street residents will still maintain access, thanks to Hoboken Police Traffic control officers (TCOs).
“Last weekend’s successful launch on Jefferson Street demonstrated that open streets serve as a great way to get some fresh air while practicing safe social distancing,” said Mayor Ravi Bhalla. “As a result, we are bringing open streets to Adams Street this weekend, to provide additional options for outdoor space and alleviate crowds in other public places. Based on the positive responses, responsible usage, and popularity of the program, we’ll be looking for ways to expand open streets in the weeks and months to come.”
Of the 2,280 people who filled out the City’s open street survey this week, 88% want “open streets” to continue during the COVID-19 pandemic, while 74% want open streets to continue when COVID-19 is no longer a factor. Meanwhile, 84% indicated that they were in favor of seeing Washington Street to operate as an open street—even if it meant a temporary loss in parking.
Respondents represent roughly 4% of Hoboken's estimated 55,000 residents.
Know a story we should share with readers? Email editor Steve Lenox and tell him about it.