Actions Matter.
Vision Zero Saves Lives.

The actions proposed for the Hoboken Vision Zero Action Plan are organized in a safe systems approach to eliminating injury and fatal crashes. The approach is founded on a premise that human life and health are the paramount consideration when designing, maintaining, and using streets.

The following action items are considered those that are anticipated to have high impact. For a complete list of action items, please refer to Appendix B of the action plan or click the button below.  

 

SAFE STREETS

Streets and street features that slow traffic speeds, separate conflicting movements, and provide dedicated spaces for different modes are critical for long term and sustainable crash and trauma reduction. Actions for safe streets prioritize infrastructure improvements and roadway design changes to address acute threats and provide safer walking and bicycling networks.

Item
Action
Timeframe
Lead to Completion
Primary Support
Additional Support
Performance Metric
SS8
Create dedicated expenditure line within the transportation operating budget for bicycle infrastructure.
Immediately
Department of Transportation & Parking
Hoboken City Council
None identified
Bicycle infrastructure expenditure line created within City operating budget in 2021
SS14
Develop policy thresholds to initiate an engineering study for safety with guidance for when to consider specific roadway or intersection modifications.
Immediately
City Engineer's Office
Hoboken Housing Authority
Hudson County
Adopted policy threshold
SS24
Develop a Traffic Calming Master Plan to guide the installation of traffic calming infrastructure. Focus on installing speed reduction infrastructure along high crash segments where excessive speed is a prominent crash factor.
Immediately
Department of Transportation & Parking
City Engineer's Office
Hoboken Police Department
Traffic calming plan is programmed for high crash locations within six months of publication of Vision Zero Action Plan.
SS10
Establish a permanent funding source for VZ program and align existing funding sources through joint budget requests.
Within two years
Mayor's Office
Department of Transportation & Parking
None identified
Dedicated funding to Vision Zero
SS13
Amend the definition of the roadway curbside zone to protect non-vehicular users and describe how the zone may be used to serve non-automotive uses
Within two years
Department of Transportation & Parking
Police Department
Department of Community Development
New policy adopted
SS22
Update planned capital improvement program to consider high crash corridors
Within two years
Department of Transportation & Parking
Hudson County
None identified
Number of funded projects on the High Injury Network, high crash locations, and in communities of concern using revised prioritization scheme.
SS20
Implement Complete Street Design Guide recommendations for priority intersections, gateway streets, and Special Focus streets.
Within five years
Department of Transportation & Parking
Hudson County
Hoboken Police Department
City shall provide annual assessments on its progress towards full implementation of the Complete Street Design Guide recommendations.
 

SAFE SPEED

High speed driving puts people walking and biking at a greater risk of serious injury or death in the event of a crash. Actions for safe speeds focus on reducing vehicle speeds through policy changes, programs to reinforce slow speeds, and public awareness.

Item
Action
Timeframe
Lead to Completion
Primary Support
Additional Support
Performance Metric
SSP6
Develop equitable fine and fee structures for traffic violations.
Immediately
Hoboken Police Department
Hoboken Housing Authority
None identified
Adopt a fee structure for violations that does not place undue burden on low income community members.
SSP3
Lower Citywide Speed Limit to reflect safe speed threshold.
Immediately
Department of Transportation & Parking
Hoboken City Council
None identified
Lower citywide speed limit adopted.
SSP1
Establish 15 mile-per-hour school zone speed limit.
Within two years
Department of Transportation & Parking
Hoboken City Council
None identified
City shall implement time-dependent reduced speed limit zones adjacent to schools within six months of publication of Vision Zero Action Plan.
SSP7
Establish a diversion program for persons cited for infractions related to walking, bicycling, and distracted driving.
Within two years
Hoboken Police Department
None identified
None identified
Adoption of diversion program.
SSP14
Install speed-reduction infrastructure along high crash segments where excessive speed is a prominent crash factor.
Within two years
Department of Transportation & Parking
City Engineer's Office
None identified
Conduct before and after prevailing speed data, and continue collecting speed data annually.
SSP4
Develop a plan for automated enforcement of speeding and red-light violations across Hoboken, with a focus on high crash areas.
Within five years
Hoboken Police Department
Department of Transportation & Parking
None identified
Secure municipal, state, and/or national funding for increased camera enforcement.
SSP5
Implement camera-based enforcement plan to ticket drivers who speed (particularly in school zones and busy pedestrian areas), run red lights, and park illegally in bike lanes.
Within five years
Department of Transportation & Parking
Hoboken Police Department
New Jersey State Government
Camera enforcement is implemented at 100% of high crash locations.
 

SAFE AND SMALLER VEHICLES

Safe vehicles play an important role in reducing road trauma. Because of emergent technologies, vehicle designs can protect people outside and inside a vehicle by preventing a crash or absorbing some of the crash forces to decrease the risk of death or serious injury for all parties involved. Certain types of vehicles, notably larger vehicles, pose greater safety risks to people walking and biking not only because they are heavier, but also because there are inherent blind spots. Actions for safe vehicles focus on safety features and designs for large vehicles and shared vehicles. In addition, actions for smaller vehicles will be necessary to maintain the high level service quality of fire, waste management, and delivery on streets where protected bikeways and other safety treatments may require operations to take place further from the curb.

Item
Action
Timeframe
Lead to Completion
Primary Support
Additional Support
Performance Metric
SV3
Require that all new vehicles added to the City fleet beginning in 2021 have the latest crash reduction technology and safety equipment available.
Immediately
Department of Environmental Services
Department of Transportation & Parking
New Jersey Transit
New policy adopted
SV5
Purchase hose extensions and other equipment required to access hydrants on streets where operations will occur farther from the curb.
Immediately
Fire Department
City Council
None identified
Requisitions completed and equipment in place in one year.
SV1
Right-size city-owned vehicles by updating vehicle purchasing standards to ensure City phases smaller vehicles with the latest crash reduction and safety technology into its fleet where possible.
Within two years
Department of Environmental Services
Hoboken Fire Department
None identified
Updated vehicle purchasing standards
 

SAFE BEHAVIORS

Safe road users are an important part of a safe road system, especially in the interim as the system is being built. Road users should, to the best of their ability, try to operate within the boundaries set by the road system designers. This can include wearing seatbelts, using helmets, and driving at or below the posted speeds. In Hoboken, Vision Zero will be more successful if it is supported and practiced by members of the public who understand the importance of Vision Zero measures and the role they play in ensuring safe streets. Actions for safe people prioritize education, awareness, and training as means to promote acceptance of Vision Zero and adherence to safer behaviors.

Item
Action
Timeframe
Lead to Completion
Primary Support
Additional Support
Performance Metric
SB17
Implement a "Place of Last Drink Survey" to track where DUI offenders last obtained alcohol and analyze data to promote responsible practices in the sale of alcoholic beverages.
Immediately
Hoboken Police Department
None identified
None identified
Report summarizing the location of last drink in impaired driving crashes.
SB24
Develop relationships with community based partners and service providers to address contributing factors of crashes.
Immediately
Hoboken Housing Authority
None identified
None identified
None identified
SB26
Invest in communities of color and experiencing low income first.
Immediately
Department of Transportation & Parking
Hoboken Housing Authority
None identified
Report on annual investments
SB27
Prioritize road user safety over driver delay in operations and design decisions.
Immediately
Mayor's Office
Department of Transportation & Parking
None identified
New policy
SB28
Continue collaborating with Trauma Centers to encourage both crash victims and medical professionals to share their stories and build awareness of Vision Zero.
Immediately
Department of Transportation & Parking
Jersey City
Advocacy Community
Number of shared stories promoted through Vision Zero website.
 

POST-CRASH INVESTIGATION & CARE

Severe crashes may still occur. And when they do, a rapid response by trained medical professionals is the final safety net to increase the probability that victims survive. Not only is on the scene care important, but it is also important to understand the long-term health and economic impacts on victims. After medical care has been provided, comprehensive investigation and communication actions can increase the City's understanding of the underlying causes of crashes at the scene and improve reporting to the public.

Item
Action
Timeframe
Lead to Completion
Primary Support
Additional Support
Performance Metric
PCI1
Establish an interagency crash response team to review injury and fatal collision locations to identify and implement short term safety enhancements.
Immediately
Hoboken Police Department
Department of Transportation & Parking
City Engineer's Office
Crash response coordinator or team shall engage with City departments semiannually to collaborate on post-crash safety recommendations.
PCI3
Establish an interagency rapid response team to coordinate with victim families for services and ensure consistent data collection and sharing.
Immediately
Hoboken Police Department
None identified
None identified
Establishment of rapid response team.
PCI5
Develop a communications protocol for describing serious and fatal crashes in a timely way.
Immediately
Mayor's Office
Hoboken Police Department
None identified
None identified
PCI6
Evaluate current crash response protocol including deployment to scene, reporting and data analysis.
Immediately
Hoboken Police Department
Department of Transportation & Parking
None identified
Report Issued in one year.
PCI4
Update Fire Department EMT requirements to increase speed of post-crash care.
Immediately
Hoboken Fire Department
City Council
None identified
EMT training requirements updated.
 

DATA DRIVEN DECISIONS

More than ever, data is both available and critical to ensuring the successful implementation of Vision Zero actions. By collecting data on traffic safety issues and frequently reassessing its Vision Zero performance against stated goals, Hoboken can better deliver on its promises to become a safe city for all.

Item
Action
Timeframe
Lead to Completion
Primary Support
Additional Support
Performance Metric
DDS1
Regularly conduct speed surveys on high crash corridors to identify locations where prevailing speeds are in excess of 25 miles-per-hour.
Immediately
Department of Transportation & Parking
None identified
None identified
Semi-annual report of high speed locations for enforcement.
DDS4
Advocate for improved quality in statewide crash reporting to improve the ability to do aggregate crash analyses.
Immediately
Hoboken Police Department
None identified
None identified
Changes in crash forms to simplify and improve aggregate crash analysis.
DDS6
Establish a multi-departmental and multiagency committee to review crashes on County roads and potential solutions.
Immediately
Hoboken Police Department
Hudson County
None identified
Quarterly and as needed meetings to review crash reports and develop programs and projects to address them.
DDS8
Conduct annual road safety audits at high crash locations to identify contributing roadway factors and inform appropriate safety countermeasures.
Immediately
Department of Transportation & Parking
None identified
None identified
Number of road safety audits completed.
DDS14
Reform staff evaluation methods
Immediately
Mayor's Office
None identified
None identified
Change job descriptions and evaluation criteria to reflect success in advising projects from a systemic safety lens.
DDS10
Conduct annual data analysis of Vision Zero progress.
Within two years
Department of Transportation & Parking
Hoboken Police Department
None identified
City shall continue to use data collection to track progress against desired Vision Zero outcomes annually and shall update the Vision Zero Action Plan in five years.
DDS15
Regularly assess crash data, identify crash hot spots, and prioritize improvement areas. Use this information to inform budget appropriations or grant application priorities.
Within two years
Department of Transportation & Parking
City Engineer's Office
None identified
Number of Capital Improvement Projects with a safety component; funding for safety projects.
DDS16
Create a shared central location for Vision Zero Data to ensure access, consistency in reporting, data analysis, and research
Within two years
Department of Transportation & Parking
Hoboken Police Department
None identified
Develop a collaborative system so Vision Zero team has easy access to 311, trauma and Parking Utility reports.
DDS20
Create a process to pilot, evaluate, and make permanent innovative traffic safety projects or programs, such as shared space interventions, protected intersections, and others.
Within two years
Department of Transportation & Parking
City Engineer's Office
Hoboken Police Department
Number of demonstration or pilot projects evaluated; number of demonstration or pilot projects made permanent.