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Drivers Beware: Pedestrian Stanchions Delivered to River Edge

The traffic calming measure is intended to make Kinderkamack Road more pedestrian friendly

As part of its 2013 goals to make River Edge more pedestrian friendly at its three business centers, the borough recently installed nine roadway stanchions along Kinderkamack Road.

The crosswalk pedestrian stanctions are located where Kinderkamack Road meets with: Midland Avenue, Lincoln Avenue, Continental Avenue, Madison Avenue, Voorhis Avenue, Howland Avenue, Reservoir Avenue, Main Street and Grand Avenue.

Additional stanchions have been placed along Midland Avenue near the intersections of Bogert Road and Myrtle Avenue.

Police Chief Thomas Cariddi previously expressed concerns about the stanchion placements as Kinderkamack Road in River Edge is narrower than it is in Oradell.

The average road width along Kinderkamack Road in River Edge is 34.5 feet wide while the same road in Oradell ranges from 44 feet to 54 feet wide.

According to Cariddi, the borough had placed stanchions along Kinderkamack Road and Madison Avenue five years ago and at that time the stanchions were hit on a regular basis as drivers attempted to get past them.

At the same time as the stanchions delivery, the borough is also exploring the completion of a traffic study through in conjunction with Bergen County's engineering office to determine the possiblity of lowering the speed limit to 25mph.

A 2008 study determined that the average speed limit on Kinderkamack Road in River Edge was 33mph, which is under the posted limit. The highest prevailing speed limit was measured at 38mph.

The current speed limit on Kinderkamack Road is 35mph although Oradell and Hackensack have their speed limit for the county road set at 25mph.

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Bruce H January 15, 2013 at 02:20 PM
Instead of River Edge police trying to nab people for going 10 mph over the 25 mph speed limit while traveling downhill on Continental Avenue, it would be more productive for them to stop people who fail to stop for pedestrians at the Kinderkamack Road and Madison/Avenue Avenue crosswalk. I have no problem when the first car coming by does not stop, but by the time the third car comes by, there is no excuse. People need to learn to respect the requirement to stop when pedestrians are in the crosswalk.
Robert Prol January 15, 2013 at 02:30 PM
This is the same problem in Oradell. The police don't enforce the crosswalk laws, so the drivers just slalom around the pedestrians. The speed limit should be lowered to 15 MPH through all down towns.
TomW January 15, 2013 at 04:02 PM
Agreed! Police needs to patrol Kinderkamack Rd more frequently, especially during busy hours. It makes it tough to stop for pedestrians when the vehicle behind you is less than half a cars length from your bumper and is flashing their high beams. There is no minimum speed limit on local roads. Only maximum speed limits. Road respect and courtesy seems to be a rare trade among drivers these days.
Jack Doe January 15, 2013 at 08:22 PM
How about pedestrians who are too lazy to cross at the nearby and clearly marked crosswalks but jaywalk infront of oncoming traffic? A little more equality in the enforcement of existing laws would also help cut down on accidents.
MT January 15, 2013 at 09:04 PM
Agreed. The police does a lousy job of enforcing pedestrian crosswalk laws. That is pretty much true acrross New Milford, River Edge, Oradell etc.
Robert Prol January 15, 2013 at 10:06 PM
Town's would have to have jay walking laws in order to ticket someone. NJ's pedestrian law requires vehicle operators to come to a complete stop when a pedestrian enters a crosswalk, and remain stopped until the pedestrian completely crosses the street. Where there aren't crosswalks, the law requires vehicle operators to yield to pedestrians. We all have the same rights to move freely, and the laws are set up to protect the most vulnerable users.
Rick January 17, 2013 at 08:55 PM
Beware! Kinderkamack & Reservoir in River Edge is poorly lighted. People step off the bus and cross the street thinking they be seen at night.

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