Right of Way lined streets with signs in areas passed over for Slow Zone designations

Safe and signed: Fake 20-mile-per-hour speed limits for Fort Greene, Park Slope, and Greenpoint

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Call them the Department of Transformation.

Activists with the road-safety group Right of Way strung up a bunch of fake 20-mile-per-hour speed limit signs over the weekend in Fort Greene, Park Slope, and Greenpoint, neighborhoods they say desperately need speed limit reductions to slow traffic fatalities. The guerilla signage is meant to build support for city road planners who want to squeeze drivers, not to attack them for failing to lower the speed limit on city streets, the road warriors said.

“We’re not trying to turn anyone against the Department of Transportation — we’re trying to help them out,” said Right of Way organizer Keegan Stephan. “I hope that this event helps build momentum.”

Right of Way targeted neighborhoods that the city has passed over for so-called “Slow Zone” designations that would have brought a 20-mile-per-hour limit along with traffic-slowing features such as speed humps. Neighborhoods including Prospect Heights, Clinton Hill and Bedford-Stuyvesant were picked for the designation last year, with the city citing high rates of crashes and injuries, but the activists say the recent deaths of 9-year-old Lucian Merryweather, who was fatally hit by the driver of a Ford Explorer in Fort Greene in November, as well as Samuel Cohen Eckstein, who was killed by a motorist in October on Prospect Park West, should be enough to motivate the city to make those areas Slow Zones.

Cohen Eckstein’s mom said that lowering the limit is a matter of life and death.

“If the speed limit had been 20 miles an hour, Sammy would probably still be alive,” Amy Cohen said after protesters installed a sign on a Park Slope street.

The group posted the simulation go-slow signs along Prospect Park West in November and the city caved and lowered the speed limit to 25 miles per hour for the length of that road in January.

DeKalb Avenue, which runs from Queens to Fulton Street in Downtown, is an extremely dangerous corridor for pedestrians, as is the intersection of Kent Street and McGuinness Boulevard in Greenpoint, according to Stephan. Ramped-up traffic enforcement is also vital to making the borough’s mean streets safer, he said.

“We’re pushing for Slow Zones, and then after they’re installed, we absolutely have to have enforcement,” he said.

A spokesman for the Department of Transportation pointed to Mayor DeBlasio’s Vision Zero report, which calls for eight new Slow Zones per year, as evidence that safety is the agency’s number-one concern.

“We continue to work with all our Vision Zero partner agencies as well as stakeholders in communities across the city to target speeding and dangerous driving,” said spokesman Nicholas Mosquera, adding that it has been a longstanding city practice to remove unauthorized placards.

Reach reporter Megan Riesz at or by calling (718) 260-4505. Follow her on Twitter @meganriesz.
Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

Or from Yellow Hook says:
20 MPH is not about safety, it's about revenue.

You may fall for the propaganda, but it's all about $$$.
March 17, 2014, 4:02 pm
Eric McClure from Park Slope says:
That's right, Or. We're all revenue officers posing as street-safety advocates. You see right through our elaborate ruse.
March 17, 2014, 4:55 pm
Longinus says:
Hipsters dig make believe.
March 17, 2014, 5:22 pm
SwampYankee from runined Brooklyn says:
The killer that hit Lucian Merryweather was driving on the sidewalk, made an illegal U-Turn and drove down the wrong side of DeKalb Avenue. Does anybody really think a fake 20 MPH side would have prevented this criminal from doing any of the things he did? Amy Cohen, do you think the killer cared what the speed limit was? “If the speed limit had been 20 miles an hour, Sammy would probably still be alive,” Well Duhhhhhhh
March 17, 2014, 5:23 pm
Ty from ppw says:
If you get a fake ticket from a fake agent over a fake sign, you should use counterfeit bills
March 17, 2014, 5:37 pm
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
I still think that reducing the speed limits won't work when it comes to safety, and there are two main reasons why it won't. The first has to do with the fact have how much it will be enforced, because there are always those who can fail to obey a light or sign and know how to get away with it. The other reason is that as other groups are flouting the laws themselves such as jaywalkers and rogue cyclists, driving at a lower speed won't change that especially when the other groups will placing themselves into harm's way with their actions. Honestly, I just find this Right of Way group to be nothing more than just another one of those anti-car fanatics. I've always wondered what they think of pedestrians and cyclists that flout the laws as well, but they will probably say that their issue isn't with them at all just like all the biased anti-Israel groups say about attacks by Hamas on innocent Israeli civilians.
March 17, 2014, 6:41 pm
ty from pps says:
Tal -- Serious questions. Are you actually proud of how ignorant you are? Did your mom raise you to avoid intelligent thought? Do you parents think of you as "our little test of faith"? Is your job part of a special program?

(Yes, I had my decaf today.)
March 17, 2014, 6:59 pm
Ghost of Chakakhan from Brooklyn says:
Is this from the same stooges who posted the:

March 17, 2014, 8:40 pm
jay from nyc says:
too bad these people are breaking the law by posting fake signs on city property each one of those things is a $75 dollar fine.
Tal will now predicatbly tell ty to stop with the hateraid.
March 17, 2014, 8:49 pm
Daniel from Flatbush says:
None of those parents care about a $75 fine. Hell I'd pay a $75 fine every day if it meant fewer kids killed.
March 18, 2014, 8:55 am
Peter Engel from Fort Greene says:
Ty -- don't let Tal-bot get to you. He's a bot. Trolls are to stoke rage. Instead, chant "shanti-shanti-om." Seriously, it's better for you and much more effective at saying F U than engaging in johnson-waving.
March 18, 2014, 9:04 am
Other Michael from Park Slope says:
I drove down 1st St on Monday and saw that sign. It did not kill me to go 20MPH, and maybe I did not kill anyone either.
March 18, 2014, 9:06 am
Parent from Brooklyn says:
Way to go, Right of Way! 20 mph should be the default speed limit anywhere people live, work, and go to school. Keep up the pressure!
March 18, 2014, 10:06 am
Ken from Greenpoint says:
slowing down traffic is important, at the other hand according rules and regulations this is city's property to put any signs are prohibited! must be approved by the agency its about time the city should handle out summons....
March 18, 2014, 10:56 am
Scott from Park Slope says:
SwampYankee, your comment reads as though you're sneering at a woman who lost her child to a speeding driver last autumn.
March 18, 2014, 12:01 pm
Scott from Park Slope says:
Vision Zero is about changing the car culture in the city as a whole. 20mph is a reasonable speed for neighborhood streets, given the raw population density and the specific concentration of pedestrian deaths among the elderly and children under the current speed limit and street configurations. I understand that goes against the grain of those who grew up in the 50's era of muscle cars and vehicular bravado, but times have changed. Having a big fast car with a powerful engine and drag racing on city streets does not make you manly, it makes you stupid, reckless, and a danger to public safety. The death toll of those who are too small and too frail to be seen by said reckless drivers has not been enough to compel them to slow, so we need to bring the speed limit down and change the configuration of our streets to make it difficult or impossible or costly to exceed the speed limit, charge crosswalks, or generally endanger those who are getting around using bikes or their feet.
March 18, 2014, 12:09 pm
Please Slow Down from NYC says:
When streets are mixed with different modes of transportation (drivers, walkers, bicyclist), the speed limit should be no more than 20 MPH. People's lives are at risk.
March 18, 2014, 4:10 pm
Chicken Little from Parkville says:
Why stop at 20 - make it 5 MPH, then you can have ZERO VISION!
March 18, 2014, 4:32 pm
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
The only reason I have suspicions on this Right of Way group is because I have never heard them talk about other groups that flout the laws. This is why I feel that they are just another group that is on the payroll of either Paul Steely White or Mark Gorton. Until I hear them calling out jaywalkers and rogue cyclists, I will consider them anti-car fanatics. Of course, if someone gives me proof that they do call out the other groups, I will believe, otherwise, I won't believe one word they say. For the record, I do call out reckless drivers a lot and I don't condone their actions, but for some reason, I never hear you guys calling out those that flout the law of your own kind, which makes me feel even more suspicious.
March 18, 2014, 4:53 pm
ty from pps says:
Tal -- Don't you ever get tired of typing the same ignorant crap over and over?
March 18, 2014, 5:04 pm
SwampYankee from runined Brooklyn says:
you are bringing some baggage to the party. The only one I am sneering at is the yupster who thinks putting up fake paper signs will force manians to behave in the way described on the phoney-baloney sign. This is a complete tragedy. Does anyone think a 20 mph speed limit would have stopped this guy from doing what he did? He really did not bring a whole lot of respect for traffic regulation to the table now did he?
March 18, 2014, 5:31 pm
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
Ty, instead of acting defensive, try proving the claim that Right of Way isn't some anti-car fanatic group in disguise, and attacking defensive only makes me claims even more true especially with that attitude.
March 18, 2014, 6:47 pm
JAY from NYC says:
Daniel, its $75 fine dollars PER sign. Put up 27 signs and you are looking at $2,000 in fines.
Paper did not say how many they put up, but they did say "many"
You said you would pay $75 dollars a day, just so you know, that would come to $27,375 for a year.
One other thought, That guy in the picture has his minor child with him, time for a visit from ACS, as using your child to commit a crime is clearly child endangerment. Its nice that the paper identified him by name as well. Go get em city.
March 18, 2014, 6:54 pm
ty from pps says:
Jay -- Are you this ridiculous in real life?
March 19, 2014, 9:39 am
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
I'm still waiting for evidence that Right of Way isn't just a bunch of biased anti-car fanatics or on the payroll of some fanatic like the ones Ratner used to push for his way on the Atlantic Yards.
March 19, 2014, 5:30 pm
jay from nyc says:
I dunno ty, you posted in response so what does that make you?
March 19, 2014, 7:39 pm
Other Michael from Park Slope says:

I am am a member of Right of Way and I own a car.

There is your evidence, now go away.
March 20, 2014, 6:45 am
Other Michael from Park Slope says:

I am am a member of Right of Way and I own a car.

There is your evidence, now go away.
March 20, 2014, 6:45 am
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
Since you are one of their members, then answer how many times have they called cyclists and pedestrians that flout the laws or they just about motorists only?
March 20, 2014, 2:20 pm
Jay from NYC says:
Tal, why do you require that Right of Way focus on issues that are not the focus of the organization? Your "argument" is like demanding that the American Lung Association scream about saving whales as proof that they care about lung cancer.
Why don't you get that? Why do you NOT understand that organizations are allowed to advocate the issues that the care about?
Why do you think you get to tell an organization of which you are not a member what their agenda should be?
March 20, 2014, 5:42 pm
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
Jay, if they speak about safety, then they should take into all groups that flout the laws. Even if all motorists follow the rules tomorrow, you will still have pedestrians and cyclists still placing themselves into harm's way by continuing to flout the laws. I do find a double standard when they are always talking about one group on flouting the laws while ignoring others that are doing the same hence selective outrage. This almost reminds me of all those Palestinian solidarity groups that always condemn Israel for reacting against terrorist act, but NEVER condemn the terrorists groups such as Hamas themselves, plus they have a history of actually harboring them. Having selective outrage is what raises the suspicions in the first place. Why should cyclists and pedestrians be allowed to treat all traffic lights and signs as decorations, while all motorists has to always follow them? I wouldn't be surprised if I took at a page from George Orwell's Animal Farm and found something very similar to what is being said here.
March 20, 2014, 6:43 pm
ty from pps says:
Jay -
The American Lung Association is clearly a bunch of anti-whale zealots. I think they might also be anti-car zealots too because I believe some of their research dollars goes to studying the effects of exhaust on respiratory health... Oh, and I think they might be Hamas too.

(And Tal *really* needs to read another book.)
March 21, 2014, 9:24 am
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
Ty, whenever I read The Assault on Reason by Al Gore, it makes me think of people like you who are known for doing that.
March 21, 2014, 2:37 pm
ty from pps says:
March 21, 2014, 5:34 pm
jay from nyc says:
omg tal that was hilarious, you really summed up Tap perfectly!!! .
I think the only thing I would add is that Tal should start his own organization that could drive down from pleasantville to tell the people riding bikes that they need to go and tell pedestrians to follow the traffic laws (while secretly supporting Pedophiles for Israel by not denying that he is against them,) and then maybe he would finally have a job and move out from his moms basement.
March 21, 2014, 6:18 pm
Jimmy from Dyker Heights says:
Instead of lowering the speed limit to a ridiculous 20mph why don't you teach your kids to look before they cross the street and to not play around in the street. That way no matter what speed people drive no one will get hit.
April 2, 2014, 10:31 pm
Conads from Fort Greene says:
Tal. When is the last time anybody was killed by a jaywalker? That's why Right of Way doesn't "call them out" as you put it. But if it makes you feel better, here you go... "Cyclists and pedestrians should follow the rules, just like motorists."

June 18, 2015, 5:41 pm

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