Working with 5th Ward Councilman Cunningham, the Zimmer Administration addressed a common parking concern of residents by introducing legislation to bring 850 new parking spaces to Hoboken near corners without compromising on public safety or pedestrian safety. With the Council’s unanimous passage of the legislation, the City will be working to develop an outreach program to help ensure residents understand the new parking options.
As a result of the new “Extended Parking Zone” law, which will go into effect in 20 days, residents will be permitted to park within 15 feet of crosswalks on outbound street segments and within 25 feet of crosswalks on inbound street segments during certain times. Parking in these “extended parking” zones is not permitted between the hours of 7am and 7pm whenever public schools are in session.
“We recognize parking remains a challenge, but we’re working to make it as easy as possible for residents who need on-street parking,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer.
New Jersey state law previously prohibited parking within 25 feet of intersections and 50 feet from stop signs on inbound street sections, however a recent change to state law permits municipalities to allow parking closer to intersections and stop signs when school is not in session.
Transportation and Parking Director Sacs and Fire Chief Blohm conducted a careful review to determine the clearances needed to ensure that fire apparatus could navigate Hoboken’s narrow streets without delay in emergency response times. It was determined that parking could be permitted along “outbound” street corners up to 15 feet from intersections, rather than 25 feet. Because of the need to maintain clearances for emergency response vehicles, any vehicle parked closer than 15 feet from an intersection is subject to summons and towing if it is determined that it could impact emergency response times.
“Outbound” street segments are the portions of the street that permit a vehicle to drive away from an intersection. Parking near corners along inbound legs blocks visibility between pedestrians, bicyclists, and oncoming vehicles, posing a serious risk to all.
The City will be mailing residents with information and a diagram clarifying the new rules. The City also plans to install curb markings to further assist residents in establishing the legal distance where they may park.