We have for some time been studying the increasingly negative impact of non-resident vehicular traffic on our side streets during peak travel times. After much deliberation, the Mayor and Council have enacted new ordinances which limit vehicular traffic during these times only to Leonia residents and employees of businesses or public agencies operating in Leonia.
These restrictions will be in effect from 6:00 AM – 10:00 AM, and again from 4:00 PM – 9:00 PM, seven days a week. Additional important points to remember are as follows:
If a visitor is stopped by the Leonia Police Department, they simply need to advise the officer of their destination, and they will be on their way without additional delay.
The laws aren’t targeting visitors to our town; rather, they are targeting the broad adoption of navigation apps like Waze, that send thousands of cars down our side streets, where distracted drivers, trying to find their way to the bridge, have an increased chance to injure Leonians who are walking to school, to work, etc. The new laws will result in these apps removing the side streets from their list of recommendations.
Broad Ave., Grand Ave., and Fort Lee Rd. are not subject to these new laws; thus, there will be no impact to the businesses operating in our community.
Once implemented, we will continue to monitor the impact (both positive and negative) of the new laws, and make any adjustments that may be necessary.
Prior to the start of enforcement, all Leonia residents will be issued a small hang tag for each of their vehicles. Once enforcement begins, this will allow the Leonia Police Department to easily identify vehicles belonging to Leonia residents. In order to make the hang tag application process as convenient as possible for Leonia residents, we have created the following implementation schedule:
Week of December 18 – Informational letters mailed to all residents and delivered to all businesses. Additionally, installation of new signage, and Waze collaboration, will begin.
December 20 – January 10 – Leonia residents can submit hang tag applications for all vehicles that are garaged/maintained at a Leonia residence (see reverse for instructions).
January 6 – 1:00 PM – Town Hall meeting at the Leonia High School Little Theater. This is your opportunity to ask questions; you can also drop off your application packet at this time.
January 10 – 4:30 PM – Initial registration period closes
January 2 – January 18 – Hang tags will be mailed back to Leonia residents.
January 22 – Official start of town-wide enforcement
If for some reason you are unable to complete the application and return it using one of the methods described herein, please call Leonia Borough Hall at (201) 592-5780 x222.
We know that no plan is perfect, and we also know that any change of this magnitude can be disruptive and be a source of trepidation. Please be assured that we are committed to continued plan improvements.
Thank you for your assistance and cooperation; we wish you and your families a happy holiday season and 2018.
Mayor Judah Zeigler and the Leonia Borough Council
Read more and apply online at leoniasafestreets.com