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Congressman Josh Gottheimer Promotes NJ Safe Routes to School Program in Ridgewood

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Ridgewood NJ, on Tuesday , Congressman Josh Gottheimer came to Travel School in Ridgewood to announce $176,000 in infrastructure funding for the planning and engineering of new sidewalks through the NJ Safe Routes to School Program.

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Promoting Pedestrian Safety in a Walkable Community like Ridgewood is Essential

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Ridgewood NJ, the recent pedestrian tragedy on Maple Avenue in front of the Ridgewood Public Library  reminds everyone that promoting pedestrian safety in a walkable community like Ridgewood is essential, and it’s great to hear that safety is a top priority. Installing crosswalk signals and encouraging individuals to use the push button signals at key intersections, such as the one at Linwood Avenue. and Fairfield Avenue, is an important step in ensuring the safety of pedestrians.

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Vehicles on East Ridgewood Avenue East of Maple Avenue Continue to Make Illegal Left Turns over Double Lines to Get into Jersey Mike’s

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Ridgewood NJ,  pedestrian safety activist Frank Geraghty for pointing out that on a daily basis vehicles on East Ridgewood avenue east of Maple avenue make illegal left turns over double lines to get into Jersey Mike’s restaurant parking lot on the north side of avenue. Jersey Mike’s has erected an illegal DO NOT BLOCK sign warning motorists not to block their parking lot entrance which then allows east bound cars to illegally cross double lines while blocking traffic behind them as they enter their parking lot. Saturday is the most dangerous day here.

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Exploring the Causes of Pedestrian Accidents

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In our increasingly urbanized and interconnected world, pedestrian safety has become a paramount concern. The bustling streets that once epitomized progress and modernity now serve as a backdrop for an unfortunate reality: pedestrian accidents. The interplay of various factors contributes to this alarming phenomenon, and a deeper examination of these causes unveils a tapestry of challenges that must be addressed comprehensively to ensure the safety of those on foot.

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Glen Rock Honors it’s Crossing Guards

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Glen Rock NJ, on the afternoon of June 22nd, following the last day of school, Glen Rock’s Crossing Guards were honored at a Luncheon courtesy of Victor and Evan Quinn at the Glen Rock Inn.
Adult school crossing guards, first established in Glen Rock during the early 1950’s, play an important role in the lives of our school children. They help them safely cross the street at key locations throughout the most heavily traveled roadways in the Borough.

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(You’re) Damned if You Do And Damned if You Don’t ….Making Right Turn in Paramus

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Paramus NJ, The DOT has a big problem on Front Road & Midland Avenue in Paramus that is why a rare warning sign has been placed on From Road at Midland Avenue before traffic signals, “Right Turn Must Yield To Pedestrians”. I see big problems there too but I have a different solution. Motorists making a right on red especially during rush hour are forced to move fast to avoid getting hit by fast moving horn blowing vehicles coming from under the Garden State Parkway overpass. See enclosed photos taken on a quiet Sunday of a white car forced to abruptly stop on crosswalk as a speeding black car passes. Scared drivers who would prefer not to make a right on red are forced to make a right turn by horn blowing motorists from behind.

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Hudson Street & Broad Street blind Spot in Ridgewood’s Central Business District

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Ridgewood NJ, on a busy afternoon when a WAGON or another BIG VEHICLE is parked on first spot outside Cafe 37 on S.Broad Street in Ridgewood and when all other parking spots are filled behind, this creates a big problem on a busy day. Cars making left turn from Hudson street will have their vision totally blocked by a BIG vehicle and cannot see fast moving cars approaching from their left & have to hope these cars will not move fast.(see photos). The frightened driver is so preoccupied making the left turn into a blind spot that the motorist completely forgets about pedestrians & traffic coming from the right. The driver always looks like a fool as he or she has to take abuse from motorists in both directions. After failing to find a solution, the town blamed two stores in the intersection. “The Bamboo House” which has a big “Take Out Orders” sign in front window & Super Cellars store next door are now barred from pick-ups & drop offs outside their premises with two big cones attached by tape and a bright yellow paint job which looks so cheap and more like a crime scene from a third world country permanently installed by the village.  Mayor Paul Vagianos who is in the restaurant business should get involved as this would not be allowed to happen next to his restaurant. The bamboo House depends a lot on fast pick ups from outside. Some Mount Carmel parishioners just a few yards away prefer to drive the wrong way into Mt Carmel parking lot for 5;30 mass on a Saturday rather than take a chance on that left turn if a big vehicle is parked in that first spot. The solution to this problem where fender benders have occurred is to remove that first ‘PARKING SPOT” outside Cafe 37. this will give “HUGE VISIBILITY TO  MOTORISTS” making that left turn. The town can then remove all the ugly warning signs from the street outside these two premises in S.Broad street and go back to its elegant self.

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Two Crosswalks Needed on Very Busy Ridgewood Avenue Across from the Duck Pond

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by Francis Geraghty

Ridgewood NJ, in a few months as the weather improves workers from medical buildings including 1200 east Ridgewood Avenue & other nearby buildings on south side of the avenue will once again risk their lives crossing this busy avenue to get to the wild duck pond to walk or eat lunch, It reminds me of young sea turtles in Cosumel Mexico dashing from their nests to the nearby ocean while trying to avoid being picked off by hungry birds overhead.  Two painted or lit up cross walks across this very busy Ridgewood avenue at the entrance and exit to the wild duck pond would be a great way to help pedestrians crossing back and forth.

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Ridgewood Crosswalk Safety Update

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Ridgewood NJ, New Jersey experiences a disproportionate number of pedestrian injury crashes and fatalities compared to the nation as a whole. On Tuesday we notices somewhere north of 25 cars flying through the crosswalk Infront of the Ridgewood Library and Ridgewood Police Station with in a 10 minute period . Would have made a ticket bonanza for the Village .

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ATM Blind Spot on Franklin Avenue in Ridgewood

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by Frank Geraghty

Ridgewood NJ, a reader has been making the rounds in the Village of Ridgewood and pointing out , blind turns , dangerous intersections, bad signage and roads in need of repair . The ATM machine on the front side of the TD Bank facing Franklin Avenue puts bank customers in a blind spot unable to see vehicles exiting the bank’s drive through window and motorists can not see the customer exiting the ATM machine . This safety issue could be easily remedied by adding a fence on the left side of the ATM blocking the egress to the driveway so the ATM customer does not inadvertently walk into an on coming car exiting the drive through window.

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Ridgewood Citizens Safety Advisory Committee (CSAC) to Install Pedestrian Safety Banners in the CBD

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Ridgewood NJ, in an effort to insure pedestrian safety in Ridgewood’s Central Business District the Ridgewood Citizens Safety Advisory Committee proposed putting up 12 banners on light poles that are equipped with banner sleeves in the central business district  as part of the Be Street Smart NJ.

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Dog Walker Struck in Ridgewood’s Central Business District

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Ridgewood NJ, yesterday it was reported that a dog walker crossing Broad Street in the Central Business District was hit  by a vehicle and taken to  St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center in Paterson.  Sadly the dog did not make it . Over the years the Ridgewood blog has reported numerous similar instances .

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A little More Light in Ridgewood’s Central Business District

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Ridgewood Nj, according Village Mayor Ramon Hache ,”Through collaboration with PSE&G, after listening to residents’ concerns, these are the new street lights installed at the corner of E. Ridgewood Ave and S. Walnut St. They will help improve pedestrian safety in the evenings.”

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Reader says, ” it is much more dangerous now to be a driver because all pedestrians feel they have the right of way “

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“I still have a bumper sticker on my car from when they tried this several years ago. In my opinion it is much more dangerous now to be a driver because all pedestrians feel they have the right of way even in front of a car making a turn or mere feet in front of you. Maybe it is now time to convince some people that a car turning–or especially backing up–or within a few feet of you CAN’T SEE YOU and you should cease walking out without looking first!”

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STOP, LOOK AND WAVE PEDESTRIAN SAFETY

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Ridgewood NJ, The Village of Ridgewood, Ridgewood Board of Ed and the Federated HSA want to keep our students and all pedestrians safe.

Stop, Look and Wave, Be Safe, Be Seen is a campaign designed to keep everyone safe by reminding drivers and pedestrians to look out for each other at intersections.  Please read and follow the tips below.

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