New Pavement Marking



Pop quiz:

Does anyone know what the marking to the left is?

Starting last Fall, I began seeing these pop up all over the East Side of Providence.  The motorists clearly don’t know what they mean, do you?


  • geoff
    Feb 3, 2011 at 6:20 pm

    Um yeah – it means Yield.

  • Feb 3, 2011 at 8:33 pm

    I agree that it means yield, but it's rare that I see drivers actually yield simply because the markings are there. I like the markings, but I can't understand why they're not paired with yield signs to make the meaning unambiguously clear. Yield-to-pedestrian signs are also up in various places on the east side, some of which coincide with the pavement markings and some of which don't.

  • Ted Lewandowski
    Feb 3, 2011 at 9:07 pm

    Yield to traffic and to slow down approaching the intersection

  • Bob
    Feb 4, 2011 at 4:10 am

    Classic Yield sign shape.

  • Feb 4, 2011 at 6:16 am

    Judging by driver behavior I would say they mean, speed up, try to find a puddle (preferably one with a thick coating of slush on top), find a pedestrian to splash with said puddle and slush. But that's just my observation.

  • Labann
    Feb 4, 2011 at 6:59 am

    Waste of paint, just like sharrows. Snow plows (salt/sand/scrapes) will efface before Winter is over.

  • Feb 6, 2011 at 1:00 pm

    Sometimes they look like they are meant to fake a speed bump. I've seen some (not around here) that have a sort of beveled 3-D look to them. These are usually placed right around pedestrian crossings. I guess it's cheaper than putting in lights, or enforcing the requirement to yield to pedestrians.