HOBOKEN, NJ - In the ongoing effort to provide open space for residents while adhering to social distancing protocols, the City of Hoboken is implementing  a "slow streets" program this weekend on Bloomfield Street between Observer Highway and 5th Street, and also 5th Street between Hudson Street and Park Avenue.

From 8 am until 8 pm, on both Saturday and Sunday, a “slow street” configuration will seek to limit traffic volume while enacting a 5 MPH speed limit on those blocks so that people can walk, bike, and run safely. The concept is nearly identical to an “open street,” except it still provides access to certain vehicles.

According to the City, "A partial closure of the block prevents vehicle through traffic but makes exceptions for local access, deliveries, and emergency vehicles. If you are driving down the block for these select few reasons, please pay close attention to your surroundings and do not exceed 5 MPH."

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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. 

According to the City, a select few traffic control officers (TCOs) will be on hand to assist residents with access to garages or vehicles.

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