HOBOKEN - As the City gears up on bike programs, Hoboken Councilman Mike DeFusco wants to get a better handle on the bicycles in the Mile Square City.

“Over the past five years, I’ve continued to push for legislation and infrastructure projects that make our streets safer, more walkable and bicyclist-friendly for all of Hoboken,” said DeFusco. “As more residents rely on bicycles as their primary mode of transportation, it’s important for us to properly activate space within our city that reflects this shift."

DeFusco is proposing legislation that would allow residents to safely secure their bicycles in Municipal Parking Garages, in an effort to combat ongoing bicycle theft in the city. The ordinance, to be introduced Wednesday night, create a parking permit with a $52 annual fee and require bicycles to display a small City of Hoboken placard—not unlike on-street residential parking decals for automobiles. Meanwhile, DeFusco's proposed regulations would require bicycles to install and maintain front and rear tail lights in order to obtain a permit. 

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"Sharing the street requires drivers and cyclists alike to work together and abide by the rules and the more bikes with lights on the road helps protect the safety of everyone. Creating this process is a step in the right direction to ensure cyclists are afforded the same parking opportunities as a motorist while being held to additional safety standards.”

The First Ward Councilman's proposal comes as the City Council has approved an increase of parking rates for vehicles. Meanwhile, the City of Hoboken is facing a significant budget deficit.

 

Editor's Note- The article and headline have been edited for clarity.

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