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Bike Sharing Program Could Soon Come to Hoboken

The city is exploring options for a city wide bike sharing program.

The city is close to piloting a city wide bike sharing plan in Hoboken, said Director of Parking and Transportation Ian Sacs. 

The pilot will likely be introduced in a few weeks, he said. Racks will then be placed in four to six locations around town, that hold approximately 20 to 30 bikes. 

"Theoretically Hoboken can handle 200 to 300 bikes," Sacs said. The pilot will be about ten percent of that number. 

The bike program in Hoboken will likely be different from the proposed one in New York City, which has fallen behind schedule.

"We had been waiting on them," said Sacs, but he added that Hoboken is ready to move forward on its own. 

"We have a pretty good idea of what we want to do," Sacs said. A private company has been selected to work with on the pilot, which will be of no cost to the city, Sacs said. Further funding details of the project are still unclear. 

puzzledone September 13, 2012 at 09:55 PM
PP, first, you say he hasn't done anything here that wasn't done anywhere else first. Then you cite something which may be novel. Wouldn't you prefer not to be a guinea pig for something like an automatic garage that drops cars, instead taking ideas that have worked in other similar areas and implementing them? We really don't have the capital to be developing these programs, which are often done by public and private sector engineers, but the selection of the right ones for a town with a lot of tricky issues is the role of a good director, and in general, Ian excelled there.
Captain Kirk September 13, 2012 at 10:05 PM
"This is about adding positive options." Positive for whom? Positive for the bycyclist? Possibly. Positive for any normal person trying to get in or out of town via Jackson street? Hell no.!!! I have no problem with car sharing. I do have a problem with the heavy handed and judgemental way it was marketed. As if you were defiling the planet if you owned and used your own vehicle. ALL of the cars are foreign so the city showed no solidarity with our domestic auto industry. Finally, even if you do SURRENDER YOUR PERMIT. The administration wants you to drive a certain kind of car. Oh yes, No SUVs for you! They are good enough for concilmen though.
phintonsr September 13, 2012 at 11:26 PM
90 lb bikes and 3000 lb plus vehicles on the streets create a situation where a disaster waiting to happen.
Ojo Rojo September 14, 2012 at 12:37 PM
Hertz decided what kind of car they put in those spots. If you have a problem with what Hertz put there, take it up with them. I bet they ignore you though b/c you are not a customer and they really only care what customers think.
Hi September 14, 2012 at 01:37 PM
120 lb humans and 3000 lb plus vehicles on the streets create a situation where a disaster is waiting to happen. :-)

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