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Double vision: Locals don’t know what to make of this double set of double yellow lines, but the city insists that it’s no mistake.
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Talk about seeing double!

The city painted a new pair of double-yellow lines down the middle of a stretch of Avenue U for what it claims is a pedestrian-safety improvement — but locals have never seen such a marking and were left scratching their heads.

“We had no clue what it is. I’ve never seen it before,” said Marine Parker Richard Farnum, who first witnessed the pair of double-yellows near Coney Island Avenue on Aug. 1. “It’s very confusing to people.”

The Department of Transportation laid down the fresh stripes of yellow paint along Avenue U between McDonald and Ocean avenues last month. The four parallel lines run along the middle of the pavement with more than a foot in between the two sets. And then mysteriously, on the same byway right outside of the Avenue U subway station, between E. 15th and E. 16th streets, the two sets narrow to just inches apart.

Most drivers know that a double-yellow line means no crossing over or passing, but no one could confidently say what two sets mean, and several pedestrians were just taking wild guesses at its purpose. One Sheepshead Bay man thought it could prevent cars from double parking, he said.

“I have no idea. I think they are doing that to make the lanes smaller, that’s what I think. If I were to have to guess,” said Andy Li. “I would say they are trying to make the lanes smaller so the cars will not double park. Obviously, that’s what I’m guessing.”

And one local restaurant owner said it means diddly squat, and was simply a waste of the bumble-bee yellow paint.

“Maybe the city’s got paint that they want to get rid of,” said John Mazzola. “I think it’s a mistake — I don’t think it means anything.”

Another Sheepshead Bay man agreed, saying he’d treat it as if it were just one set of double yellow lines.

“There should only be one. I’d ignore it,” said Bill, who declined to give his last name. “I know it’s a mistake.”

The Department of Transportation said it painted the new lines on purpose — “to enhance safety” — because Avenue U is in a Vision Zero Priority area and part of Sheepshead Bay’s Senior Pedestrian Focus Area, but it did not answer specific questions about its purpose or benefit.

“To enhance safety and reduce speeding along this corridor, we are currently installing painted flush medians and parking lane stripes from McDonald Avenue to Ocean Avenue,” said a spokeswoman for the city agency. “Installation will be completed by late next week.”

Reach reporter Julianne Cuba at (718) 260–4577 or by e-mail at jcuba@cnglocal.com. Follow her on Twitter @julcuba.
Posted 12:00 am, August 7, 2017
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Richard from Sheepshead Bay says:
No offense but couldn't the reporter ask a follow up question? This isn't really news. Maybe if we knew why they were painting them, we wouldn't think it was strange...
Aug. 7, 2017, 12:12 pm
Nick from Gravesend says:
The mayor is dillusional,if he thinks this is going to solve any problems on the Avenue he is dead wrong!And I guarantee you there will be severe consequences with this traffic pattern! Maybe the department of traffic should enforce no double parking in the area? Maybe deliveries to the stores on the Avenue should be made at night time? Does this not seem more logical?
Aug. 7, 2017, 6:59 pm
mp from sheepshead bay says:
so people are suppose to stand in the middle of the 2 - double double yellow lines. and they think that is safe??? wow
Aug. 8, 2017, 3:09 pm
Bob from Gerritsen Beach says:
What scares me the most are, we need to depend on these so-called leaders to watch over us. Could one of those rocket scientists explain to me how by taking 4 feet of road surface away from automobiles is helping anyone. The space between a moving automobile and a parked car and a pedestrian opening his door is at a minimum and only increases the danger to people exiting their automobiles being struck by a moving vehicle. God forbid they took into consideration a wide body truck :-(
Also, how is this addressing the safety needs of a cyclist navigating this poorly constructed narrow lane?
Aug. 8, 2017, 3:58 pm
BrooklynBus from Sheepshead Bay says:
This is obviously not finished. The will add diagonal stripes between the yellow lines for a so called pedestrian mall where pedestrians can pause crossing the street.

It is totally ridiculous because DOT is thoroughly incompetent. It will not discourage double parking and will make the street more dangerous since there will be no room to open your car door. It will also be more dangerous for cyclists because their chances of being hit by a car door opening will be increased.

Then cyclists will start using the "mall" as a bike lane.
Aug. 8, 2017, 5:20 pm
Jeff says:
You people have such a hatred towards the city that anything the DOT does you automatically start a riot over it. People , the state does extensive research before they implement new rules. They don't do this because they are bored and don't know what to do with your tax dollars, this is legitimately for your safety whether you see it that way or not. DOT doesn't have to give you an explanation for every new rule they implement even though they do anyways most of the time.
Aug. 8, 2017, 5:24 pm
Champ from SHEEPSHEAD says:
MAKES NO SENSE THERE WAS JUST A HUGE BOX TRUCK DOUBLE PARKED ON E16TH ST. AND AVE. U. I HAD TO DRIVE ONTO ONCOMING TRAFFIC TO GO AROUND THE TRUCK ALSO THERE WAS 2 HUGE SPOTS OPEN WHERE THE TRUCK WAS DOUBLE PARKED. ITS USELESS AND WILL CAUSE DEATH. JUST ANOTHER WAY FOR TUE CITY TO SAY THEY ARE DOING SOMETHING. VISION ZERO IS A JOKE. JUST ANOTHER WAY TO SPEND TAX $'S THIS WILL CAUSE DEATH IF IT CoNTINUE'S. DOUBLE PARKING HAS BEEN A MAJOR ISSUE ON AVE. U, BUT THIS WILL NOT SOLVE THE ISSUE OF DOUBLE PARKING. UN-FORTUNATELY IT WILL BE CHANGED WHEN IT CAUSES HARM.

COMMUNITY HAS TO PETITION THIS ASAP.
Aug. 9, 2017, 12:39 pm
Ronny from BROOKLYN says:
If DOT so concern about the Ave U area safety they should install the blue and white colors sign slow Zone 20 MPH with the adult holding child hand that I see some other Neighborhood have these new DOT sign install on there streets . And all playground park and school should have a speed bump 15 to 20 mph with reduce school zone speed 15 MPH signs plus cross walk line with stop signs or traffic light on these intersection . And for park playground area should have the playground warning sign for motorists that a park is next block ahead so they slow down beaware of children near by. Cause every often i see speed demon driver drive well over 35 to 40 mph on these local street and ocean ave is the worst for speeder and cutting lane changing without signaling or turning. I never see the 61 pct cop issue moving violation for speeding running red light fail to yields to peds. Crossing . Fail to use turn signal . Cover block rear license plate all i see is harass UPS truck with dozens of parking ticket that doesn't harm public safety now that why to mail a small package cost 20.00
Aug. 9, 2017, 8:11 pm

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