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Re: BUSTED! EZ-Towing & Danny's of ShopRite Lot Infamy
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Excellent!

Posted on: 2011/3/9 7:14
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Re: BUSTED! EZ-Towing & Danny's of ShopRite Lot Infamy
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EZ-towing has been doing that racket for years. 20 years ago they tried to tow my car, I ran out, and in the end they did not tow. But it almost came to blows. Good thing it did not, because the tow guy had a tire iron.

Posted on: 2011/3/9 6:59
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Re: Facing another 12% tax increase.
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I can say that last year it was around 26%. It may have changed, I can also say that easytaxfix may use 2010 not 2011 county records.

It's got some bugs. But for $80 or so it's much better than using a service that may cost you $400+.

And trust me....the JC/Hudson County/assessors are not adversarial in the appeals process....if you appeal, they won't stiff you....quite the reverse, they'll do everything they can for you to make a successful appeal.

When I was at the appeals hearings last year, I really felt that the public employees were trying to do the right thing. I was very impressed by them. Even for people that were trying to DIY and had things wrong.

Posted on: 2011/3/9 0:17
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Re: Downtown: Williamsburg's Barcade (Bar Arcade) Coming to Newark Avenue
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I have a photo from Friday on my (somewhat defunct) blog. Still, they've definitely been making progress!

barcade

Posted on: 2011/3/9 0:07
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Re: Facing another 12% tax increase.
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dtjcview wrote:
Remember - your "assessed value" on your property tax bill is around 1/4 of what the City thinks your property is worth. Multiply that number by 4 to get what the City thinks is the market value of your property. If you think your property is worth < 15% lower than that - you have a good basis for an appeal.

For example:

City Assessed Value = $250,000
Implied market Value = $250k x .26(county equaliz rate) ~= $1,000,000
True Market Value (see zillow.com) = < $850,000

You can appeal. I'd recommend

www.easytaxfix.com

I used it last year, and saved over $7k/year on my tax bill. The other useful sites are

http://www.hudsoncountytax.com/
and
https://www.cityofjerseycity.com/WebTaxInquiry/AccountSearch.aspx

.


Easy Tax Fix says Hudson County's equalization rate is 29%, not 26%. Which one is actually correct? That could make a difference in meeting the 15% threshold for some people, including myself.

Posted on: 2011/3/8 23:38
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Re: Downtown: Williamsburg's Barcade (Bar Arcade) Coming to Newark Avenue
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Hrmph wrote:
Any word as to when this place might open? Saw some arcades moved in the last few days I've walked by but no one around to ask when doors will open.


I talked to a worker last week and they said that they will be open by the 19th.

Posted on: 2011/3/8 23:34
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Re: Facing another 12% tax increase.
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dtjcview wrote:


The property tax is in your rent, unless you live in an abated property. You're paying.


Not really. From 2004 through 2010, my rent went up 10%.
Not 10% per year, 10% total.

The tax increases could not be passed on to the renters because if they were, people wouldn't be comparing JC to Brooklyn...they'd be living in Brooklyn.

Posted on: 2011/3/8 23:16
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Re: BUSTED! EZ-Towing & Danny's of ShopRite Lot Infamy
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Oooooooh! $20,000. That's gotta hurt.

Posted on: 2011/3/8 22:48
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Re: BUSTED! EZ-Towing & Danny's of ShopRite Lot Infamy
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Good. fk them. I don't even own a car and I think they're scum.

Posted on: 2011/3/8 22:42
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Re: JC's (safe) walkability factor (major failure)
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dtjcview wrote:
There are also total f**kwit drivers that block the view at intersections with their parked vehicles. Trucks/delivery vehicles are particularly offensive. They think it's ok to block views at an intersection so long as they have their hazard lights on. MADNESS. I'd like to be able to photo them, and have them ticketed on the spot tbh. I'll be real happy when someone develops an iphone/droid app for that.


One that has gotten bad recently is the buses in front of McNair parking right at the NW corner of Coles & 7th. Between having to actually be halfway across Coles before you can see the oncoming traffic that has no stop and the oblivious kids it's become terrifying.

Posted on: 2011/3/8 22:26
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Re: Facing another 12% tax increase.
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Let's see how Healy tries to hide away from the numbers during his State of the City address next week!

Posted on: 2011/3/8 22:17
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Re: Fulop Backs Three School Board Hopefuls with an Eye Towards Repeating Last Year’s Success
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Jersey Journal Article

The link above has the NJ.com article reporting the names of all 10 candidates involved. After some investigation, we will soon find the parties being backed by the administration. I attended a community forum last night where Mr. Marvin Adames spoke. I must say that I was very impressed with his story, the challenges he has endured in life, the accomplishments that he has, and the ideas that he brings to the table. Hopefully, after these elections, the Board of Education will finally be able to do what it is supposed to do, focus on getting our children the best education possible!

Posted on: 2011/3/8 22:16
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Re: Facing another 12% tax increase.
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thriftyT wrote:
I am protesting in my own way: I have lived in JC for 6+ years but am adamantly opposed to purchasing property here. If enough of us continue to abstain from buying unreasonably taxed property here, the property values (and property tax revenue) will continue to drop 'til the city gov't will realize that 'less' will ultimately mean 'more'.


The property tax is in your rent, unless you live in an abated property. You're paying.

Posted on: 2011/3/8 21:54
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Re: JC's (safe) walkability factor (major failure)
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moobycow wrote:
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lagwagon113 wrote:
I of course don't pay attention to the walk signs....

As a driver I try to be extra courteous and drive slowly. However, I'm always afraid that some pedestrian is going to jump out in front of me when I least expect it or come out of a blind spot that I can't see. So please be careful as a pedestrian as well and don't assume that drivers have a perfect view of everything. This doubles and triples for people who speed and drive recklessly throughout the city.


I understand what you were saying, but the juxtaposition of your feelings while driving vs your disregard of traffic laws while a pedestrian struck me as funny.


To me lagwagon makes a lot of sense on this individual post. Perhaps you're responding to a combination which I haven't trawled.

As a driver though, I totally agree with the sentiment of the post. There are aggressive pedestrians that don't understand the meaning of "Dont Walk" signs.

There are also total f**kwit drivers that block the view at intersections with their parked vehicles. Trucks/delivery vehicles are particularly offensive. They think it's ok to block views at an intersection so long as they have their hazard lights on. MADNESS. I'd like to be able to photo them, and have them ticketed on the spot tbh. I'll be real happy when someone develops an iphone/droid app for that.

Posted on: 2011/3/8 21:50
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BUSTED! EZ-Towing & Danny's of ShopRite Lot Infamy
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From NJ.com
Link to Article

A state probe into predatory towing complaints has resulted in two Jersey City car towing companies agreeing to pay nearly $20,000 each in civil penalties, attorney fees, and investigation costs, officials with the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs said yesterday.


"It is completely unacceptable, nearly two years after the state's Predatory Towing Prevention Act went into effect, for any towing company to be running roughshod over consumers and their rights," said Thomas R. Calcagni, acting director of the Division of Consumer Affairs.


As a result of the inquiry, Gary Matarazzo of EZ Towing and Recovery on Grand Street, and Daniel E. Johnson of Danny's Towing on Eighth Street, have agreed to, among other things, cease all predatory towing practices, Division of Consumer Affairs spokesman Neal Buccino said in a press release.


They are also obligated to submit to binding arbitration in all outstanding consumer complaints, and for any disputed consumer complaints filed within the next year, Buccino said.


The two towing companies may be best known by residents for their swift work towing illegally parked cars from the lot used by patrons of Pep Boys, ShopRite and BJ's, near the Newport Centre Mall in Downtown Jersey City.


"Let it be known: the days of towing companies casing out parking lots, hijacking someone's vehicle, and holding it for a cash ransom while authorities quietly stand by, are over," Calcagni said.


The Predatory Towing Prevention Act prohibits towers from failing to release a vehicle hooked or lifted but not yet removed from private property upon request of the vehicle's owner.


It prohibits trolling for vehicles parked without authorization, paying for information about vehicles parked without authorization, refusing to accept an insurance company check or a debit card, charge card, credit card or check for towing or storage services, if the company ordinarily accepts them.


It also prohibits charging unreasonable or excessive fee, and charging for a towing or storage service that is not on the Division of Consumer Affairs list of services.


Anyone who thinks they have been cheated by a business, or suspect any other form of consumer abuse, can file a complaint with the Division of Consumer Affairs at www.NJConsumerAffairs.gov or by calling or .

Posted on: 2011/3/8 21:49
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Re: Spectra Energy Advertisement
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Josiered wrote:
Have you seen the new Specta Energy Commercial with all the "hype" about JOBS JOBS JOBS and for JERSEY CITY???
Please none of these people even live in JC....nor do they care what it does to JC....they are Union workers yapping about JOBS JOBS JOBS,,,yeah, but not for us...for them. They don't live here nor do they care what happens here...It's the Union at its best.....screw us and save them- NOT HAPPENING in my opinion.....yeah they want to work and so do we, but not on the PIPELINE!


The Union doing the yapping in the ad is based in Ridgefield NJ and not JC. They're kinda a few miles outside of the blast radius. I don't begrudge Ridgefield folks looking for work. Might as well though have Martians assuring JC pipeline safety for all it matters to Ridgefield...

Posted on: 2011/3/8 21:32
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Re: JC's (safe) walkability factor (major failure)
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lagwagon113 wrote:
I of course don't pay attention to the walk signs....

As a driver I try to be extra courteous and drive slowly. However, I'm always afraid that some pedestrian is going to jump out in front of me when I least expect it or come out of a blind spot that I can't see. So please be careful as a pedestrian as well and don't assume that drivers have a perfect view of everything. This doubles and triples for people who speed and drive recklessly throughout the city.


I understand what you were saying, but the juxtaposition of your feelings while driving vs your disregard of traffic laws while a pedestrian struck me as funny.

Posted on: 2011/3/8 21:27
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Re: Facing another 12% tax increase.
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I am protesting in my own way: I have lived in JC for 6+ years but am adamantly opposed to purchasing property here. If enough of us continue to abstain from buying unreasonably taxed property here, the property values (and property tax revenue) will continue to drop 'til the city gov't will realize that 'less' will ultimately mean 'more'.

Posted on: 2011/3/8 21:25
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Re: Facing another 12% tax increase.
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Remember - your "assessed value" on your property tax bill is around 1/4 of what the City thinks your property is worth. Multiply that number by 4 to get what the City thinks is the market value of your property. If you think your property is worth < 15% lower than that - you have a good basis for an appeal.

For example:

City Assessed Value = $250,000
Implied market Value = $250k x .26(county equaliz rate) ~= $1,000,000
True Market Value (see zillow.com) = < $850,000

You can appeal. I'd recommend

www.easytaxfix.com

I used it last year, and saved over $7k/year on my tax bill. The other useful sites are

http://www.hudsoncountytax.com/
and
https://www.cityofjerseycity.com/WebTaxInquiry/AccountSearch.aspx

.

Posted on: 2011/3/8 21:20
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Re: JC's (safe) walkability factor (major failure)
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In the past few days:

1. I've been in a cab travelling down columbus at nearly 50 mph.
2. I've pulled out from a stop sign to find a cyclist travelling the wrong way up a one-way street, veering onto the pedestrian crossing (presumably to get pedestrian right-of-way privileges).
3. Cyclists blowing through stops signs and red lights, because they feel they have both pedestrian and vehicle rights-of-way and they can take both.

I'm a big fan of real cycle lanes, along with traffic calming measures. However, I'd support the city blitzing idiots with violation tickets, whether they are cyclists, motorists or pedestrians.

Posted on: 2011/3/8 21:04
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Facing another 12% tax increase.
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Hi folks... they introduced the budget and we the property taxpayer are going to get SCREWED again!

Another 12% (or MORE)

Protest now. Appeal your taxes NOW before April 1.

The more people that appeal, the more the city will realize....

THEY HAVE TO CUT SPENDING. CUT SALARIES. CUT THE PORK...

This is getting freaking OBNOXIOUS.

HELLO. Protest. Lets get some Egyptian and Lybian revolution here in Jersey City.

FG


Posted on: 2011/3/8 20:59
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Re: JC's (safe) walkability factor (major failure)
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This thread is interesting. Being from the car dependent south I consider Jersey City extremely walkable and never really have any issues. That said, I can understand the issues everyone has pointed out. They just never occurred to me. I of course don't pay attention to the walk signs. I look to see if the light for oncoming traffic is red and that no cars are coming before I cross. Hopefully the issues people have brought up can be addressed.

As a driver I try to be extra courteous and drive slowly. However, I'm always afraid that some pedestrian is going to jump out in front of me when I least expect it or come out of a blind spot that I can't see. So please be careful as a pedestrian as well and don't assume that drivers have a perfect view of everything. This doubles and triples for people who speed and drive recklessly throughout the city.

Posted on: 2011/3/8 20:58
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Re: Please clean up your dog poop...
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Kudos to the dog owner and dog I saw Sat morning at the junction of the Turnpike ext and Montgomery.

The owner scooped the dog pile into a bag, tied it, and his golden retriever carried it in it's mouth up Montgomery for disposal. Awesome sight seeing the dog trotting up the street, poop bag in mouth!

Posted on: 2011/3/8 20:46
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Re: JC's (safe) walkability factor (major failure)
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tern wrote:
> Oh I see, you count those wishful thinking "why can't
> we all get along" signs that make Monmouth & Coles
> bike lanes too.

No, it is more than that, they have solid white road markings demarcating bike only lanes.

Robin.


How new are they? I don't recall them and they're not on Streetview. I've certainly been on Madison in the last couple of months and not noticed a lined bike lane.

Posted on: 2011/3/8 20:23
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Re: Please clean up your dog poop...
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Good Sign

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A sign that needs more work

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Posted on: 2011/3/8 20:11
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Re: Please clean up your dog poop...
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I would just like to say a big "THANK YOU" to the person that posted laminated signs on every pole around the baseball field at 9th St. Park telling you to pick up your dog poop, because it is your dog and it is your s**t ! Thanks for taking the time to make people feel guilty and I hope it works. I enjoy walking that path with my dog during the day and gave you a big THUMBS UP when I saw the signs today. It may not help but you gave it 100% -
Let's hope they read it and pay attention.

Posted on: 2011/3/8 19:51
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Re: Downtown: Williamsburg's Barcade (Bar Arcade) Coming to Newark Avenue
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Any word as to when this place might open? Saw some arcades moved in the last few days I've walked by but no one around to ask when doors will open.

Posted on: 2011/3/8 15:07
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Re: HUGE GAS PIPELINE COMING - through Jersey City
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Wyoming plagued by big-city problem: smog
By MEAD GRUVER, Associated Press Mead Gruver, Associated Press 34 mins ago

CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Wyoming, famous for its crisp mountain air and breathtaking, far-as-the-eye-can-see vistas, is looking a lot like smoggy Los Angeles these days because of a boom in natural gas drilling.

Folks who live near the gas fields in the western part of this outdoorsy state are complaining of watery eyes, shortness of breath and bloody noses because of ozone levels that have exceeded what people in L.A. and other major cities wheeze through on their worst pollution days.

"It is scary to me personally. I never would have guessed in a million years you would have that kind of danger here," Debbee Miller, a manager at a Pinedale snowmobile dealership, said Monday.

In many ways, it's a haze of prosperity: Gas drilling is going strong again, and as a result, so is the Cowboy State's economy. Wyoming enjoys one of the nation's lowest unemployment rates, 6.4 percent. And while many other states are running up monumental deficits, lawmakers are projecting a budget surplus of more than $1 billion over the coming year in this state of a half-million people.

Still, in the Upper Green River Basin, where at least one daycare center called off outdoor recess and state officials have urged the elderly to avoid strenuous outdoor activity, some wonder if they've made a bargain with the devil. Two days last week, ozone levels in the gas-rich basin rose above the highest levels recorded in the biggest U.S. cities last year.

"They're trading off health for profit. It's outrageous. We're not a Third World country," said Elaine Crumpley, a retired science teacher who lives just outside Pinedale.

Preliminary data show ozone levels last Wednesday got as high as 124 parts per billion. That's two-thirds higher than the Environmental Protection Agency's maximum healthy limit of 75 parts per billion and above the worst day in Los Angeles all last year, 114 parts per billion, according to EPA records. Ozone levels in the basin reached 116 on March 1 and 104 on Saturday.

The Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality urged the elderly, children and people with respiratory conditions to avoid strenuous or extended activity outdoors.

The Children's Discovery Center in Pinedale set up indoor obstacle courses and turned kids loose on computers instead of letting them out on the playground in the afternoon.

High levels of ozone happen in the Upper Green River Basin only during the winter. They result from a combination of gas industry emissions, snow on the ground, bright sunshine and temperature inversions, in which cool air near the ground is covered by a layer of warmer air. Pollution builds up during the day and becomes visible along the horizon as a thin layer of brown smudge — smog — by midafternoon.

People have noticed the air just isn't as clear as it once was.

"It's like maybe when you're not wearing your glasses when you ought to be," said Miller, whose daily commute from her log home includes an eight-mile snowmobile ride just to get to a plowed road.

The gas industry has drilled hundreds of wells in the basin over the past decade and made the basin one of the top gas-producing areas in the U.S.

"Ultimately it comes down to accountability," said Linda Baker, director of the Upper Green River Alliance. "It doesn't seem to me the companies are being very accountable to the residents here." High ozone, she said, gave her a constant nosebleed three days last week.

Crumpley, 68, reported having difficulty on walks and showshoe trips. "You feel a tightness in your chest. You seem to be less able to hold in air. My eyes burn and water constantly, and I've had nosebleed problems," she said.

Drilling of new wells, routine maintenance and gas-field equipment release substances that contribute to ozone pollution, including volatile organic compounds and nitrogen oxides. Last week's ozone alerts weren't the first in the basin — they also occurred in 2008 and 2009 — but they were the first in more than two years.

Gas industry officials say they are working hard to curb smog by reducing truck traffic and switching to drilling rigs with pollution control equipment. They have also postponed well completions and routine maintenance until the ozone advisories have passed, said Shell spokeswoman Darci Sinclair.

"Shell has taken some meaningful measures to really reduce our measures. Some were voluntary and some were mandatory, but they've resulted in some significant reductions," Sinclair said.

Indeed, gas industry emissions that contribute to ozone pollution, as reported by the petroleum companies themselves, are down by as much as 25 percent in the Upper Green River Basin since 2008, said Keith Guille, spokesman for the Department of Environmental Quality. Gas production in the basin is up 8 percent over that time.

Gov. Matt Mead, state regulators and industry representatives met on Monday to talk about what else companies can do to control pollution.

"We talked about the effectiveness of these contingency plans. We've seen them, they are good. However, we haven't been able to prevent these exceedances," Guille said.

Crumpley said the warnings to stay indoors are hard to take.

"We're all outdoor people here. We don't live inside," she said. "That's why we chose to be here."

Posted on: 2011/3/8 14:57
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Re: JC's (safe) walkability factor (major failure)
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> Oh I see, you count those wishful thinking "why can't
> we all get along" signs that make Monmouth & Coles
> bike lanes too.

No, it is more than that, they have solid white road markings demarcating bike only lanes.

Robin.

Posted on: 2011/3/8 14:55
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Re: Bergen Lafayette: Bayonne man, 54, dies after being shot in back on street - Sunday 8:30pm
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If they want to act like animals than treat them like animals!!!!!!!

Posted on: 2011/3/8 14:43
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