TRAFFIC SAFETY

We are working to make our roads safe for all users (including pedestrians, cyclists, and drivers) through a variety of studies, projects, and initiatives.  Mayor Fulop signed an Executive Order committing the City to a "Vision Zero" goal of eliminating traffic-related fatalities by 2026 and establishing a task force to develop an action plan.  Read the press release here.



Internal Working Group

In an effort to promote partnerships across offices and departments and to collaborate with communities and neighborhoods across the city, the city has formed an official Traffic Safety Working Group to ensure our work progresses and also reflects the needs of our residents and visitors, including:


 


 

Initiatives, Projects, and Actions

Traffic Safety Internal Working Group:  We have created an internal working group to ensure progress for the below items.  The working group will also partner with groups such as Bike JC and Safe Streets JC to collaborate with communities across the city. 

Interim Design Strategies: Low-cost temporary materials can often be used to test or pilot more permanent roadway safety solutions. For example, bump outs, like those used adjacent to Berry Lane Park, serve to keep vehicles from parking or driving too close to crosswalks and pedestrian areas, and narrow the distance required for pedestrians to cross a street. After piloting a few ideas throughout the city, we have started implementing these design changes at various locations throughout the City.

Traffic Signal Timing Changes:  Intersections with high vehicle and pedestrian volume can be challenging for pedestrians.  We are analyzing key intersections to see where changing traffic signal timing may help make crossing safer for pedestrians without impeding vehicle flow.  One tool is creating a "Leading Pedestrian Interval", which allows pedestrians a head start of a few seconds to cross without any cars moving at all (all signals turn red at the same time).

Crossing Guards:  Intersections with high volumes of pedestrians and also those near schools are assigned additional personnel to assist with ensuring pedestrian safety while crossing busy streets.  View the list of intersections here.

Enhanced Parking Enforcement:  We are expanding parking enforcement throughout the city to ensure vehicles are not parking too close to intersections or blocking pedestrian and bike travel areas as these behaviors have significant negative impacts on emergency response times.  This includes overnight and weekend enforcement.  If you see an illegal parking issue, please call (201) 547-5538.

Traffic Safety Police Unit: The Department of Public Safety has established a traffic safety unit, focusing specifically on speeding and aggressive driving.  This unit has targeted JFK Boulevard from Bayonne to Union City and has issued 30-50 summonses each day since forming earlier in 2017.

Speed Humps: The city has installed dozens of speed humps to help reduce vehicle speeds throughout Jersey City.  This fall we will be seeking community feedback for additional speed humps.  View the current map of speed humps here.

Newark Avenue Pedestrian Mall:  We have successfully replaced a two-lane section of Newark Avenue with a pedestrian-friendly public gathering space, blocks from the Grove Street PATH station downtown.  Click here for more information 

NJTPA Local Safety Program:  The federally funded Local Safety Program supports the construction of quick-fix, high-impact safety improvements on local roadway facilities in the NJTPA region.  The NJTPA solicits candidate projects each year and Jersey City has successfully applied for projects on many roadways throughout the city.  Click here for more information.


Studies, Analyses, and Plans

 

Bicycle Master Plan:  The City has launched a study with Street Plans Collaborative to develop a bicycle master plan with the goal of creating a city-wide bicycle network that expands upon the existing network and improves cycling safety, connectivity, and desirability on our streets. We will be scheduling handlebar surveys in all 6 Wards this summer. For more information, visit our Let's Ride JC website.

Pedestrian Enhancement Plan:  The City launched a study with a consultant team to create a plan for improving the pedestrian experience. The plan identifies specific improvements for one corridor in each ward, and offers a method that can be applied to improve other streets beyond the timeline of this study. The study included Walkability Workshops, demonstration projects including pilot bumpouts and parklets, and a series of public meetings. The City has already started advancing the recommendations of this study. A photo log of the process is available on Instagram and the Final Report is available on the JCWalks website.


Complete Streets Evaluation Checklist:
  In order to advance the city's "Complete Streets" policy approved in 2011, we are developing a checklist and evaluation process applicable to all roadway improvement projects that will assist in the design and planning of transportation projects for all road users.  View the policy here


Grand Street Study: 
 We have hired an outside consultant to help us evaluate opportunities to improve pedestrian safety, traffic flow, and our bike lane connections between different neighborhoods along the Grand Street corridor.  We are currently seeking feedback from the community to better understand community needs in this area.  The outcomes of this study will be a list of options and projects for us to consider, along with the value and impact of each option.  Visit our  Grand Street Concept Development Page to learn more.

Montgomery Street Corridor: Montgomery Street is a busy thoroughfare for cars, bikes, pedestrians, and buses.  We are in the final stages of redesigning a portion of Montgomery Street to more safely and efficiently accommodate all road users.    View the latest design proposal here.  Join us for a Public Meeting at City Hall on July 31 to learn more about the proposed improvements. More information available here.

Bergen Ave Road Safety Audit:  The City conducted a road safety audit along Bergen Avenue in December 2017 with NJTPA, NJDOT, external consultants and residents in order to identify key transportation issues and opportunities for improvement. A report of the findings was finalized in April 2018, containing design, engineering and policy solutions to increase safety and improve the street for all users. The final report is available here.

School Travel Plan:  The City of Jersey City will be working with a consultant team to create a district-wide School Travel Plan. The goal of this plan is to increase and improve pedestrian and bicycle travel to and from schools. The plan will identify where students walk and bike now, what areas can be improved to encourage more walking and biking, and strategies to make those improvements in the short and long term.  Walk and bike assessments took place with the community in May and June 2018. For more information, visit the Safe Routes to School website.

Parking Management Plan:  The City, in conjunction with NJTPA, will be conducting a citywide parking study. The goal of this study is to catalog and optimize the existing parking supply, understand the community-specific parking demands, and identify the most innovative strategies to manage parking. The Parking Management Plan will inform zoning regulations on current and future development, help reduce traffic congestion generated by single-occupancy vehicles and align with the goals in the Circulation Element to limit land dedicated to parking uses near transit stations and encourage the use of public transit and active modes of transportation throughout the City.  A Request For Proposals (RFP) for a consultant to design this plan will be released in the Summer of 2018.

Christopher Columbus Drive Redesign:  The City is currently conducting a planning and design study in conjunction with NJDOT and a consultant team to address safety issues on Christopher Columbus Drive. The study will result in roadway design alternatives that improve safety, comfort, and access for pedestrians, cyclists and transit riders along this corridor.  To learn more or give us specific feedback on this street, visit our Columbus Drive Study website

 


Did you know?


Complete Street provides enhanced protection and improved access for road users of all ages and across all transportation types.  While no singular design exists for a complete street, it generally includes features such as protected bike lanes, narrower intersections, and driving lanes, and more visible pedestrian crossings.  These design tools have no negative impact on vehicle flow and often improve traffic conditions and vehicle safety.

Protected Bike Lane or PBL is a portion of a street or sidewalk dedicated to bicycle use with a barrier between the bike lane and the vehicle travel lane.  The barrier can be a row of parked cars, plastic barrier posts (also known as delineators) planters, or even concrete walls.  Visit Lincoln Park on the west side of Jersey City to see an example.



Questions?  Feedback?  Other ideas?


If you have any questions about any of the above projects or have information or guidance that might help us, we would love to hear from you!  Please email Brian Platt at BPlatt@jcnj.org

If you see a traffic safety issue or hazard, please report it using SeeClickFix.

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