JERSEY CITY, NJ - Changes are underway throughout downtown in regard to bike lane reconfiguration.

The city council voted on June 11 to amend parking regulations along areas that have new protective bike lanes. This includes recently added bike lanes along Washington Boulevard, Green Street and Grand Street in Ward E.

Changes will also impact the Newport area along Washington Boulevard where previously parking was only permitted during off peak out. The new parking regulations will allow parking all the time.

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Green Street will add no parking zone for loading, but changes will also allow an over increase in parking.

The biggest change will be along Grand Street where the new bike lanes are located between the sidewalk and where cars are allowed to park. By utilizing newly purchased narrower street sweepers that can fit in these bike lanes, the city was able to eliminate the usuals street cleaning parking regulations. These machines will also have smaller snowplows to clear snow during winter months.

Councilman Richard Boggiano expressed concerns about the changes on Grand Street, claiming the reduction of lanes to accommodate new bike lanes will create a traffic nightmare and feared emergency vehicles will not be able to pass through.

City officials offered a reassurance that the changes also create a turn lane in the middle of the street that would allow emergency vehicles to bypass traffic.

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