Hudson County wants to make roadways safer for walkers and bikers
A new initiative called Vision Zero is starting to make cities all around Hudson County safer for pedestrians and bicyclists. The Vision Zero program aims to reduce traffic fatalities to zero.
County officials will use $20 million in state funding to start studying roads to determine which are the most dangerous. They’ll follow with increased bike lanes, bump-outs at crosswalks and better signage to help drivers see pedestrians.
Hudson County is following in the footsteps of Jersey City and Hoboken, which have already made these changes.
One of the roadways to be targeted for transformation will be busy JFK Boulevard.
“Part of it will be law enforcement, part of it will be pedestrian crosswalks, part of it will be resynchronizing our lights up there to slow and calm the traffic down,” says Craig Guy, chairman of the Vision Zero task force.
The New Jersey Bike and Walk Coalition is on board with the changes. The organization says Hudson County has experienced 16 fatalities since the start of the year.