Hoboken to begin 2nd open streets pilot, survey says 74% want effort to continue after COVID-19

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After the launch of a successful open streets pilot program on Jefferson Street, another one on Adams Street will follow, with a survey indicating that 74% of respondents wanting the effort to continue after the COVID-19 crisis is over.

A photo from last week’s open street pilot program on Jefferson Street. Photo courtesy of the City of Hoboken.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

“Last weekend’s successful launch on Jefferson Street demonstrated that open streets serve as a great way to get some fresh air while practicing safe social distancing,” Mayor Ravi Bhalla said in a statement.

“As a result, we are bringing open streets to Adams Street this weekend, to provide additional options for outdoor space and alleviate crowds in other public places. Based on the positive responses, responsible usage, and popularity of the program, we’ll be looking for ways to expand open streets in the weeks and months to come.”

The second pilot will take place between 3rd and 9th Streets on Adams Street, with those roads to be closed to traffic between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. on Saturday, May 16th and Sunday, May 17th.

According to a survey with 2,280 respondents, conducted between May 11th and May 14th, 88 percent of people want “open streets” to continue during the COVID-19 pandemic to provide additional space for social distancing.

Additionally, 74 percent want open streets to continue when COVID-19 is no longer a factor, while 84 percent want Washington Street to operate as an open street, even if it means a temporary loss in parking.

75 percent of those who answered the survey said they enjoyed the open streets for recreation, with walking and biking being the most common activities listed. 

Among the 386 respondents who indicated they live on Jefferson Street, 80 percent support open streets to continue on Jefferson Street or another street during the COVID-19 pandemic, and 66 percent support open streets after the pandemic.