What's With All The Street Markings?
Well, I just learned something new. I saw the street-marking fellows putting down a cyclist marker; this experience I could have lived without. The fact is, the once pristine streets in the west end are now all marked up with parallel lines, crossed hatches, chevrons, the aforementioned cyclist cartoons and other unnecessary white lines. RBB from Beach 125 to Beach 116 seems pretty badly
scarred. But then one sees what has been done to theboulevard from Beach 116 to Beach 108. Incredible. The marks are almost in the middle of the lanes. Then there is Beach 108 Street between the freeway and Shore Front Parkway. The street resembles the scenes that were shown to people suspected of having occult epilepsy. These scenes would provoke seizures. No kidding.
Certainly, our representatives could remind the mayor that with the cancellation of NYPD and NYFD academy classes and the hiring of 234 new traffic agents, some money could be saved by holding off, forever, defacing the streets for bicycles.
So, here's my plan. It will take some more money and a little time, but should be fun. We all meet at a prescribed time and place. Everyone brings white paint and some instrument like a roller or spray machine, and we paint the entire boulevard and other involved streets white. I would consider special treatment for Beach 108 Street, maybe adding more lines, perpendicular and parallel, to those already there until such time as the residents want them changed. It couldn't look worse (and would do as much good as the current decorations).
ERNEST HOROWITZ, MD, MS