A Drunken DOT Employee With A Can Of Paint
Writing about the Department of Transportation and its obviously drunken employee who has been harassing and destroying the peninsula with his can of paint and paintbrush has become something of a tedious sport at The Wave. Every day we ride up and down the peninsula and we look incredulously at the handiwork of this DOT employee who must start each day with a gallon of booze. Who else would reduce lanes on every east-west road in Rockaway at the same time that the population of the peninsula is growing by 5,000 new residents and thousands additional automobiles each year. Who else but a drunk would paint in bike lanes that begin in the middle of an intersection and then end two or three blocks later in another intersection? Who else but a drunk or a demented city agency would reduce parking spaces unnecessarily when parking spots are so hard to come by without the new reductions? Who else would refuse to put two traffic lights on Shore Front Parkway and then place two new lights on Rockaway Beach Boulevard at Beach 79 and Beach 80 Streets when those two streets are one-way away from the light? Who else but a drunk would put a bike lane outside a parking lane so that bikers would face open car doors smack in the middle of their own lane? At first, we laughed at the changes on Shore Front Parkway, Rockaway Beach Boulevard and Beach Channel Drive. Then, we scratched our heads and tried to understand the DOT's rationale in redesigning the roadways. Finally, we got angry about the misplaced bike lanes, the massive reduction in parking spaces, the reduction of vital roadways from two lanes to one, sometimes without warning, creating an increasingly dangerous traffic pattern. Perhaps the agency can explain to us why they made those changes. We doubt that they can, because the great majority of them make no sense to us or to anybody else who lives on the peninsula. All we can hope for is that the DOT finds that drunken street painter and stops him before he kills Rockaway again.