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Colorful Zig-Zags To Decorate Vernon Blvd Barriers

zigzagOct. 6, 2015 By Jackie Strawbridge

Fifty volunteers will paint a zig-zagged blue, pink and green mural over Vernon Boulevard’s concrete bike lane protectors this week.

The mural will stretch between 31st Avenue and 40th Avenue, covering 1,080 feet of the concrete barrier along Vernon Boulevard’s protected bike lane.

Called “Jazz City,” the design “aims to re-live the energy and fun of the ‘90s through a bold color palette and dynamic repeated pattern,” according to the DOT. Artist Jessie Contour, a graduate student at Parsons School of Design, created the design.

This week’s painting comes through the DOT’s Barrier Beautification program, which takes place Citywide each fall and spring.

Barrier painting will take place on Oct. 6 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Oct. 9 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Painters will come from the volunteer organization New York Cares.

Vernon Blvd: Location where barriers will be painted

Vernon Blvd: Location where barriers will be painted

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The divider barriers on Jackson Avenue should also be painted. Driving down the road at night or in bad weather makes it virtually impossible to see them. Concrete gray does not beget safety. They should have reflectors on them as well.


As someone who grew up in the 80’s and 90’s, please don’t bring that back. We did terrible things and we don’t want to be reminded of them.

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I’m still trying to figure out how are we supposed to drop off a passenger when these bike lane barriers prevent the car to pulling to the curb. Are we to drop off children or an elderly person in the middle of the road?


I agree, let’s make them safe and worry about beautification later. Drivers use them to park, move ahead of other drivers, as a u turn space. Truckers making deliveries will park while unloading their stuff creating a dangerous situation. And, yes, fellow bikers: the white arrows painted on the lanes are not decorative but meant to point directions for bike traffic – please follow them.


I hate to say this but NYC and its Bouroughs are not bike friendly towns. It just can’t work here as its too overpopulated. I’m one for greener streets and the environment but it’s very difficult to accomplish unfortunately! And of course very dangerous to ride.


I agree, especially when some bike riders ruin it for the rest of us. What I mean is, those bike riders who think they are above the law. Speed limits and street directions and red lights still apply, a bike Lane doesn’t give you the right to imagine you are in the tour DE France.


Hate to be negative, but when will these “beautification” art projects be well designed? Get a graphic designer to do them, not some “artist”. Traditional design works best, not some pink and hospital green 90’s graphic. Also, get some cops to start enforcing the no cars in the bike lane because I am on that stretch everyday and it seems like a temporary parking spot for cars and trucks. Between that and the broken pavement, these lanes are unsafe. I was struck by a hit and run driver in a similar lane a year ago in Williamsburg.


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