Even More Pedestrian Safety Improvements

Despite the pandemic, the Township has been able to upgrade pedestrian safety throughout Town.

Here’s a sample of the new crosswalk striping (now with a bit of color to help drivers and pedestrians) and LED signage on Sussex Rd. at Billington (near the Rt. 4 bus stop):

The following actions were taken (or scheduled to be taken):

Solar Powered Radar Signs (3 machines)

  • Palisade by Votee
  • Windsor Road
  • Sussex Road (Scheduled)

Safety Striping

  • Park Avenue
  • Sussex Road

Pedestrian LED Crossing Signs (11 sets)

  • Queen Anne and Edgemont
  • West Englewood and Jefferson
  • West Englewood and Pennington
  • West Englewood and Palisade Avenue
  • Glenwood Avenue by Little League Field
  • Cedar Lane and Grange
  • River Road and Terhune
  • Teaneck and Sackville (Scheduled)
  • Teaneck Road and Vandelinda (Scheduled)
  • Billington and Sussex (Scheduled)
  • Van Cortland and Intervale (Scheduled

Rapid Flashing Beacons (5 sets)

  • FDU Repaired and replaced batteries
  • Cedar Lane and Chadwick
  • Windsor Road (2 sets will be installed when new crosswalks completed)
  • Teaneck Road and Franklin (Scheduled)
  • Teaneck Road and Oakdene (Scheduled)
  • Location to be determined

More Pedestrian Flashing Beacons

Additional Rapid Flashing Beacons Added

More Pedestrian Flashing Beacons

As mentioned a couple week ago, the Township has been working on several safety projects.  In addition to the installation of Pedestrian Flashing beacons on West Englewood Avenue in the area of Jefferson Street and traffic calming measures, such as the striping of Sussex and Garrison Avenues, we have now installed Pedestrian Flashing Beacons on West Englewood Avenue in the area of Pennington Road.

You can see the new systems below.

The council and manager are committed to ensuring that appropriate safety precautions are made in various areas of the Municipality.

If you have any recommendations, please feel free to reach out and we can ask the Teaneck Police Department Traffic Bureau to investigate the possibility

Continue reading “More Pedestrian Flashing Beacons”

Additional Rapid Flashing Beacons Added

The Township has been working to analyze potential areas for safety improvements.  As mentioned, a new striping plan (including crosswalks at Billington for Belle Ave bus users) is currently being finalized.

In addition, as per the results from several Police Studies and in conjunction with input from residents and organizations, we have been deploying Automatic Rapid Flashing Beacons at busy intersections.

The latest appear on Queen Anne Road by Edgemont in the vicinity of Congregation Beth Aaron.

Continue reading “Additional Rapid Flashing Beacons Added”

Sussex Road Re-Striping Plan

As readers of the blog will recall, traffic calming measures to slow speeding cars require a lot of study and preparation.

After meeting with Police and reviewing data from Garrison Avenue striping, Deputy Mayor Schwartz and Councilman Kaplan are please to announce new striping plans along Sussex Road.  These plans will change the feel of the roadway, in order to slow down traffic and maintain parking for those living nearby.

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NJ TRANSIT COVID-19 UPDATE: E.O. 125 POLICY IMPLEMENTATION

NJ TRANSIT remains committed to the safety of our customers and employees and is working to ensure a safe environment by following the health standards set by the CDC through the sanitation of our facilities and vehicles and the cleanliness practices of our employees. Additionally, NJ TRANSIT remains committed to providing reliable and dependable service.

Per Governor Murphy’s Executive Order 125 requiring all personnel and customers on New Jersey Transit vehicles to wear face coverings, among other requirements, strengthening NJ TRANSIT’s efforts to protect the public during the COVID-19 pandemic, please be advised that:

NJ TRANSIT REQUIRES ALL RIDERS TO WEAR A FACE COVERING.

PLEASE CLICK HERE FOR THE CDC GUIDE ON THE USE OF CLOTH FACE COVERINGS TO HELP SLOW THE SPREAD OF COVID-19.

 NJ TRANSIT WORKERS AUTHORIZED TO LIMIT PASSENGER OCCUPANCY TO 50% OF THE VEHICLE’S MAXIMUM CAPACITY ON ALL TRAINS, BUSES AND LIGHT RAIL LINES.

CUSTOMERS SHOULD BE USING NJ TRANSIT SERVICES FOR ESSENTIAL TRAVEL ONLY. Continue reading “NJ TRANSIT COVID-19 UPDATE: E.O. 125 POLICY IMPLEMENTATION”

Holy Name’s CEO to neighbors: Nice streets you got there…

… it would be a shame if anything were to happen to them.

Holy Name hospital sent out the letter below to residents regarding the parking disputes with neighbors.

Starting a few years ago, Holy Name began requiring employees to park off-site and take shuttles to the hospital.

“Street parking around the hospital is creating difficulties for many neighbors. Holy Name, being very conscious of our mandate to be an understanding and supporting neighbor instituted a No Street Parking Policy for all our employees and contractors several years ago. We currently have over 300 employees parking at the Glenpointe and we are shuttling these employees from the Glenpointe to the hospital. We have also instructed all employees not to use the Township streets to park their vehicles. Hospital employees found in violation of this policy have been disciplined and even terminated.”

However, due to costs constraints, they chose to abandon plans (which were approved by the township) for parking structures, in favor of purchasing residential lots and creating parking areas in the residential zones — to the dissatisfaction of many neighbors. Continue reading “Holy Name’s CEO to neighbors: Nice streets you got there…”

Park Avenue

One question we get a lot is: How do we do something about cars racing down the block?

The first step is to make the township aware of the situation.  You can reach out to the manager directly (or contact one of your councilmembers).

When the residents of Park Avenue recently came before council, the police performed a traffic study, consulted the Uniform Traffic Control Manual and suggestions from the Teaneck Police Traffic Bureau were requested.

The Township just finished with traffic calming measures, today.

Thermoplastic paint was used (straight lines) in accordance with the Engineering plan. Changes include marked crosswalks, narrower traffic lanes, and a double yellow center line.

Rt. 4 upgrades coming at Decatur Ave.

In September, the Township manager sent a letter to the NJ Department of Transportation regarding the unsafe condition of the Route 4 Decatur Avenue ramps.

Manager Kazinci just received word that the NJ Department of Transportation has agreed to widen and reconstruct the ramps on Route 4 by Decatur Avenue to accommodate traffic.

Updates Schedule for Spring, 2020

The interim changes should be in place next spring.  The Township will work with the NJ DOT and provide updates as the date gets closer.

Traffic Study Sceduled

A traffic study will also be performed to ensure “the site is brought into conformance with all state and national roadway standards”.

(click below for DOT letter)

Continue reading “Rt. 4 upgrades coming at Decatur Ave.”

Regional Symposium on Deer Management

Earlier this month, elected officials and mayors from the region met to discuss deer management at a regional symposium featuring wildlife biologists from the NJ Division of Fish and Wildlife.

Coverage of the event can be found here:
Deer Dilemma Forum: Lethal vs. Non-Lethal Options Discussed
Additional coverage: Pascack Press.

Here is a video of the presentation from last December and the slides from the 6/5/19 presentation can be found below. Continue reading “Regional Symposium on Deer Management”

Historical Perspectives on “New Problems”

Since joining the Teaneck Planning Board (about a decade ago), I’ve spent a lot of time researching how we did things, in the past.

I use that information to gain perspective, and guide decisions on what we might wish to do, going forward.  When you know what has been tried (for better or worse), you gain a good perspective.

Issues residents face tend to be cyclical1 and knowing how we handled them in the past, is very informative if you want to avoid prior mistakes2.

With that in mind, I hope to make several posts in the future about issues affecting Teaneck, that we face on Council.

Lighting:

A couple weeks back, a resident asked, via the Facebook group Teaneck Today (click to join)  “has there ever been an audit on the effectiveness of Teaneck’s street lighting? Continue reading “Historical Perspectives on “New Problems””