January 12, 2021

Mayor Bhalla invites residents to participate in Vision Zero Action Plan public meeting

Mayor Ravi S. Bhalla and the City of Hoboken invite members of the community to join a virtual public meeting on Wednesday, January 13 at 6:00 pm to present a draft of the Hoboken Vision Zero Action Plan. The meeting will include a presentation and opportunities provide input about the plan, which can be viewed by visiting the City’s Vision Zero website, http://www.vzhoboken.com/public-input. The City will record and post the meeting on the website for viewing by anyone who cannot attend.

To join the meeting via zoom, go to:https://nelsonnygaard.zoom.us/j/97185193047 with Meeting ID: 971 8519 3047

To join the meeting by phone, dial 1-646-558-8656 with Meeting ID: 971 8519 3047

Members of the public are encouraged to review the draft and provide any comments by January 27.

“Hoboken is committed to creating safer streets for all users, and our Vision Zero Action Plan will create the roadmap to make this a reality,” said Mayor Bhalla. “At the same time, we aren’t just waiting for the plan to achieve zero pedestrian injuries or fatalities; we’ve implemented a number of safety projects including curb extensions across the City, five miles of new bike lanes, new traffic signals, a raised intersection next to Columbus Park, the Newark Street Complete Street Redesign, open and slow streets, and more. I look forward to building on this progress with our Vision Zero team in the weeks and months to come.”

In August, 2019, Mayor Bhalla signed an Executive Order establishing the City’s Vision Zero initiative, which seeks to eliminate all traffic-related injuries and deaths in Hoboken by 2030. Since then, the Vision Zero project team has achieved the following milestones:

Task Force: Three meetings have been held by the established Vision Zero Task Force to guide the creation of the Action Plan and assist with public outreach to spread Vision Zero awareness and solicit feedback.

Review of crashes from the five-year period of 2014-18 to determine most common factors contributing to injury- and death-causing crashes. This analysis is the most thorough the City has conducted, establishes “baseline” data points, and informs many of the strategies that will help eliminate traffic-related injuries and deaths by 2030.

Launch of the City’s Vision Zero website, vzhoboken.com. This website hosted the Vision Zero pledge, public survey and other feedback tools, draft documents, toolkits, and moving forward, will be where residents can access the Action Plan and subsequent progress reports.

Launch of Vision Zero social media accounts on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube.

Slow Street quick build along Fifth Street. Similar to other slow streets the City implemented this spring and summer, through collaboration with the Hoboken Police and Fire Departments and Hudson County, the City installed temporary design interventions to reduce the speed limit to 5 MPH to provide a welcoming environment for residents to travel safely by walking and biking. City staff tracked usage and vehicle speeds along the corridor to compare it with normal conditions to determine what impact quick builds may have on improving traffic safety.

Production of two short videos to explain the slow streets concept and the Vision Zero Action Plan.

Draft Action Plan that includes action items and strategies that the City and relevant community stakeholders should undertake over the next five years to substantially advance the path to achieving the goal of eliminating traffic-related injuries and deaths by 2030.

Public survey. The survey solicited information on 1,500 participants’ travel patterns and allowed them to directly express their traffic safety concerns and recommendations for improving traffic safety.

Wikimap. An online interactive map allowed community members to identify traffic safety at dangerous points or street segments. The WikiMapping project launched in May of 2020, and by the end of September 2020, over 700 people visited the online Wikimap, providing thousands of comments for consideration.