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. 

Laurie Michelson September 13, 2012 at 10:45 AM
This is great!!
Hobbs September 13, 2012 at 12:25 PM
More good news for Hoboken.
Geedee September 13, 2012 at 01:33 PM
This is wonderful!!!
PeoplePlease September 13, 2012 at 02:17 PM
....putting the city in direct competition with those that support their small business through the rental of bikes (for instance the hardware store on Washington & 3rd)... The city should work with small business to offer incentives for offering rental bikes as opposed to getting into the business themselves.
Gardiner4Freeholder September 13, 2012 at 02:39 PM
Ian Sacs may be moving to Europe but he continues to innovate here in the USA. Maybe he can boot Beth Mason on the way out! Das Boooot! :)
puzzledone September 13, 2012 at 03:48 PM
The city is also competing with ZipCar, and every car other rental agency by assisting Hertz on Demand, any private landlord by providing the HHA, private schools by providing public schools, concert halls by sponsoring free shows, and tons of other stuff. At some point, the city needs to determine when it can provide a good better than the private sector.
davidd September 13, 2012 at 03:50 PM
Can't wait for this! This system works great in Paris.
Geedee September 13, 2012 at 04:00 PM
I really don't know how the bike share program in Hoboken will be structured, but if it's anything like other programs around the country and around the world, there will continue to be room for private bike rental businesses. Bike share programs are meant for short trips of less than 30 or 45 minutes. For longer trips, or for people who want to keep a bike over the weekend for instance, it's advisable to just rent a bike from a private service instead.
Captain Kirk September 13, 2012 at 04:15 PM
What's so great about it? These bike lanes take up way more space then is warranted for their proportion of traffic. They also ride on the sidewalks too. They never yeild to pedestrians. I understand why they don't. Once you have a head of steam going its SO much easier to ignore traffic laws. This administration is trying to force everyone into bicycle and aluminum cans on wheels, to satisfy its environmental fetish. GIVE UP YOUR PERMIT! Meanwhile in the real world anyone who wants to leave the city to get to work needs to spend an extra hour getting in and out of the city. These bicyclists are very motivated and vocal but they are less then 1% of the population, and they already have way more space then they need. Our streets are "complete" enough without devoting entire trafiic corridors to grown people acting like children in an urban environment, delaying people who just want to get home to their families.
PeoplePlease September 13, 2012 at 05:46 PM
you have a good point GeeDee
PeoplePlease September 13, 2012 at 05:48 PM
Iam Sacs has not implemented one program in Hoboken that has not already been done in other cities. The one + I will give him, is the creation the the 7p - 7a parking spots. I dont know who thought of that...but I didnt..therefore I consider it a smart, innovative idea.
Geedee September 13, 2012 at 06:25 PM
The problem with traffic in Hoboken is not because of too many bikes. It has to do with too many cars. As you say, cyclists are less than 1% of the population (not sure if that's correct but hey)-- but they are certainly not 50% or 90% of the problem as your comment suggests.
Hoboken Answer September 13, 2012 at 07:17 PM
You make an unsubstantiated claim but then again in your universe you are the captain so no surprise. This is about adding positive options. Obviously, doing so creates more success for Hoboken as with the Hertz Connect program. The Old Guard hates innovation because it shows them up. They still offer no innovation and you can go to any Council meeting and see their obtuseness to no end fighting for big time developers, (now it's NJ Transit but Rockefeller plug in as you like) more city workers, and more subsidized housing. They hated the Hertz program and Occhipinti looks like a buffoon as he gave up a clunker but still argues against the program that saw 750 less vehicles on the streets. Castellano and Beth Mason hated it and along with Mike Russo tried to kill it repeatedly and refused to allow an ordinance to pass in support of the program as required by state law. They along wtih then councilman Nino Giacchi gave it a short term approval by resolution. If they could have maintained control over the City Council, they would have killed it. Instead the program has over 3,000 Hoboken people signed on board and is making for a better city every day. The bike program will be complementary and positive too. The problems driving in and out of Hoboken are true especially in rush hour. It's called overdevelopment. Ask the Old Guard why they keep pushing for more.
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.
Hobbs 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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