Jersey City Protected Bike Lanes

 What are Protected Bike Lanes? 

Protected bike lanes use a series of techniques such as planters, curbs, parked cars, or bollards to physically separate and protect bicyclists from passing traffic in the right-of-way. Protected bike lanes come in a variety of forms based on factors such as road dimensions, community needs, and safety.

Benefits of Protected Bike Lanes

  • Increases bike ridership
  • Reduces motor vehicle speeding
  • Reduces crashes
  • Improves people’s feelings of safety on those streets

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Quick Facts 

  • Miles of Protected Bike Lanes  
    • Complete – 6.7 Miles
    • Planned – 2.7 Miles
  • Average Number of Daily Bike Usage (between May 1, 2020 and October 31, 2020)
    • Grand Street Protected Bike Lane (800)
    • Bergen Avenue Protected Bike Lane (640)
    • Washington Street Protected Bike Lane (785)
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Planned Protected Bicycle Lane Projects

  • Newark Avenue between Palisade Avenue and 6th Street
  • Greene Street between Bay Street and 2nd Street
  • Washington Street between Bay Street and 2nd Street
  • Columbus Drive between Brunswick Street and Grove Street
  • Marin Boulevard between 18th Street and Observer Highway
  • Hoboken Avenue between 18th Street and Palisade Avenue
  • 18th Street between Coles Street and Marin Boulevard
  • Johnston Avenue between Grand Street and Communipaw Avenue

Completed Protected Bicycle Lane Projects

Montgomery Street
As a part of the City’s efforts to redesign our streets to be safer for all road users and to advance the goals of Jersey City’s Vision Zero initiative and Bike Master Plan, Montgomery Street will be reconfigured to improve traffic safety between Baldwin Avenue and Merseles Street (Phase 1) and Bergen Avenue and Baldwin Avenue (Phase 2). The purpose of this project is to enhance pedestrian, cyclist, transit rider and driver safety by establishing dedicated space for cyclists that is separated from motor vehicles. This project will create a low-stress bike facility that will be comfortable to ride for new cyclists and prevent vehicles from blocking bike lanes. The existing travel lanes will be reconfigured, the existing supply of on-street parking will remain generally unchanged, and the design will allow personal and emergency vehicles, pedestrians, and cyclists to more safely interact at intersections and driveways. View the latest Phase 1 design and Phase 2 design. Please use this form to submit questions or leave feedback.
Grove Street
In an effort to advance the goals of the Vision Zero initiative and the Citywide Bike Master Plan, Grove Street is being reconfigured to establish a two-way protected bike lane on the east side of the street between Columbus Drive and Grand Street. The purpose of this project is to establish dedicated space for cyclists that is separated from motor vehicles. This will create a low-stress bike facility that will be comfortable to ride for new cyclists and prevent vehicles from blocking bike lanes. Both travel lanes will remain, parking will remain on both sides of the street, and multiple loading zones will be provided to facilitate safe and convenient loading for retail along the street. More information about the proposed type of bicycle facility can be found on the National Association of City Transportation Officials website.
Bergen Avenue
In an effort to advance the goals of the Vision Zero initiative and the Citywide Bike Master Plan, Bergen Avenue is being reconfigured to establish protected bike lanes between Journal Square and McGinley Square. The purpose of this project is to significantly reduce the number of traffic crashes on Bergen Avenue and establish a low-stress, dedicated space for cyclists that is separated from motor vehicles. The roadway will be re-striped to provide one lane of travel in each direction, with dedicated left turn lanes. Parking lanes on both sides of the street will be maintained. More information about the proposed type of bicycle facility can be found on the National Association of City Transportation Officials website. View the latest concept design here.
Grand Street
In an effort to advance the goals of the Vision Zero initiative and the Citywide Bike Master Plan, Grand Street being reconfigured to establish two -way protected bike lanes on the south side of the street between Pacific Avenue and Monmouth Street, and one-way parking-protected bike lanes on both sides of the street between Monmouth Street and Grove Street. East of Grove Street, Grand Street will have a west-bound only protected bike lane on the north side of the street, which will serve as a pair to the east-bound conventional bike lane on York Street. There will be protected intersections at Monmouth and Grove Streets to facilitate the transitions, and portions of the protected bike lanes will have a floating parking lane for additional protection. The purpose of this project is to establish dedicated space for cyclists that is separated from motor vehicles. This project advances the recommendations of the Grand Street Study, by creating a low-stress bike facility that will be comfortable to ride for new cyclists and prevent vehicles from blocking bike lanes. The existing travel lanes will be reconfigured, the existing supply of on-street parking will remain, and the design will allow personal and emergency vehicles, pedestrians, and cyclists to safely interact at intersections and driveways. View the latest design proposal here.
Washington Street
A road diet will be implemented along Washington Street between 2nd Street and 14th Street by removing one travel lane in each direction to be reallocated for protected bike lanes, which would provide cyclists a dedicated space to travel that is separated from motor vehicles. Road diets have been proven to provide safety benefits, which include reducing the number of vehicle-to-vehicle conflicts and vehicle speeds. In addition, pedestrian crossing distances would be shortened with the introduction of protected bike lanes. This project would add nearly 1.3 miles of protected bike lanes to the City’s bike network.
Greene Street/Washington Street
Greene Street, between Montgomery Street and 2nd Street, and Washington Street, between 2nd Street and Columbus Drive, are being re-striped to establish protected bike lanes on both roadways. This project will connect the existing protected bike lanes on Montgomery Street and Washington Street, creating an approximately 1.75 mile network of continuous protected bike lanes connecting multiple neighborhoods and business districts. Right-of-way for the protected bike lanes is being created by reducing the roadways from three travel lanes to two travel lanes. As part of the project, approximately 20 new on-street parking spaces will be established. Additional safety aspects of the project include the installation of curb extensions, narrowed travel lanes, shortened crosswalk distances, and formalized loading areas.

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