Councilwoman pledges to continue working for pedestrian safety
The Hoboken City Council voted unanimously last night in favor of a resolution sponsored by Councilwoman Tiffanie Fisher restricting eScooters from all city parks as well as the Northern and Southern Waterfront Walkways. A steadfast advocate for pedestrian safety, Councilwoman Fisher has been an outspoken critic of the eScooter program, relaying constituent concerns about unsafe operations by riders, lack of effective enforcement and safety issues. Councilwoman Fisher led the efforts for a revised contract with Lime, the city's lone remaining eScooter provider, that guarantees more revenue for the city to be used for enforcement actions.
Councilwoman Fisher is issuing the following statement:
"I would like to thank my colleagues for joining me in moving to restrict eScooters from our city parks and Waterfront Walkways, building on the continued efforts this City Council and the administration have undertaken to protect pedestrians, especially children and families walking in our public spaces. While there are clearly mobility benefits offered by the eScooter program, the simple fact is that until residents feel safe walking in our city we must continue working to make the program safer. I will continue working with my colleagues to institute stricter safety requirements wherever needed, while also working to identify ways to enhance enforcement and relieve the burden on Hoboken’s police and continuing to build out supportive infrastructure like bike lanes and road improvements. Last night was the first real public discussion we have had on the EScooter pilot and I appreciate everyone who came to speak and share their experiences. As we continue to evaluate the program, input from everyone is critical so we can decide how best to make this work for Hoboken, or not.”