Grove Street Gets Jersey City’s First Protected Bike Lane

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Jersey City’s first protected bike lane along Grove Street. Photo by Chris Fry/Jersey Digs.

A heavily traveled stretch through a Downtown neighborhood became a lot safer for bikers last week and further changes will be made over the summer as Jersey City revamps their streets.

While the green paint adorning the Newark Avenue pedestrian plaza is a familiar sight to locals, a new kind of green tint along nearby Grove Street has designated a new two-way bike lane. The lane runs along the east side of the road and is protected from parking and vehicle lanes by bollards, making it the first path of that variety in Jersey City. It currently runs from the Grove Street PATH station southbound to Grand Street, terminating across from the 235 Grand Street development.


Mayor Steve Fulop tweeted over the weekend that the protected lane is the first of many that will be installed this summer. He went on to mention that in the coming months, a total of nine miles of protected lanes will be designated along Montgomery Street, Washington Boulevard, Bergen Avenue, Newark Avenue, Mallory Avenue, Dwight Street, and Grand Street, the last of which has had a redesign in the works for several years.

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Looking southbound along Grove Street. Photo by Chris Fry/Jersey Digs.

The lanes are one component of Jersey City’s commitment to a campaign called Vision Zero, which aims to eliminate traffic fatalities by 2026. Chilltown has added significant bike lanes in recent years and the popularity of bike share programs like CitiBike and Jersey Bike (formerly Hudson Bike Share) have added to the demand for safer streets.


Another reason for the urgency regarding bike lanes might rest with a law New Jersey’s legislature recently passed legalizing e-bikes and e-scooters. Hoboken recently became the first New Jersey municipality to approve the e-scooters, and Jersey City seems poised to add them as well.

Mayor Fulop tweeted in May following the law’s passing that Jersey City would be getting e-bikes “soon” and they were “exploring” adding e-scooters to the street as well, hoping to put out a Request for Proposals to find an operator for the program. Lime, the company that operates Hoboken’s e-scooter program, sounds like they’re down with the idea, responding to Fulop’s weekend tweet by saying they “would love to serve Jersey City.”

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9 COMMENTS

    • They do keep repaving the streets, then a month later the utility companies then decide to just go and rip it up to do work, instead of doing the work before the repaving

  1. you don’t sound cool calling Jersey City “Chilltown” . maybe if you were a teenager who lived here in 1997, sure.

  2. This is great, glad to see dedicated bike lanes. I’d hope that they can expand the bike network outside of just the wealthier areas of Jersey City and can add more to working class neighborhoods. If we want people to actually have transit options outside of personal cars and shotty buses then we need to expand to everyone, not just the tourist who post pictures on Instagram.

  3. As Jersey City becomes increasingly gridlocked with cars and trucks and parking disappears thanks to Mayor Fulop giving city away to developers, bikes will be the only way to get around.

  4. WHAT ABOUT THE SAFETY OF OUR CHILDREN,WHAT ABOUT BEING ABLE TO OPEN CAR DOORS SAFELY ,I BELIEVE THIS IS GONNA BE A MESS ,I REALLY BELIEVE IS GONNA BE BAD ,WE HAVE NO PARKING NOW ,WHY DONT YOU STOP THE FEE FOR PARKING FOR RESIDENCE ,MAKES NO SENCE

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