Performance for 25 passing vehicles

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John Reid “Performance for 25 Passing Vehicles” Newell Highway NSW 1989
48×143 cm silver gelatin print

This remarkable photo is of a performance that lasted for 25 passing vehicles, because that’s how many passed before someone stopped. John Reid is a Canberran artist here.

From the Urban Dictionary:
“Cagers”: a popular word among bicyclists for four-wheeled motor vehicle drivers. The term is often used in a derogative sense, because the car body effectively forms a cage, isolating the driver from having to interact with other road users.

The guy from “Cycling in South Bay” talks about cagers a lot, and not in a nice way. (“… no preparation is more essential to the task of cycling than mentally girding yourself for the physical, verbal, and emotional onslaught that is the price we pay for daring to take our legal piece of the pavement.“)

Maybe the 25 cagers in the Performance were concentrating on the road, and they just didn’t notice the road kill on the shoulder. Speaking of shoulders…

AMetreMatters

Queensland has just started a two year trial of a minimum distance passing law for motor vehicles passing bicycles. 1.0 metre (and 1.5m for >60k/m). This is a result of a parliamentary inquiry began in June 2013 following the death of 25-year-old Richard Pollett, who was killed by a cement truck while cycling in Brisbane on September 27, 2011.
MemorialCycleGhost bike on Moggill Rd

It’s much better for change to happen without someone having to die, so remember to sign the Amy Gillet Foundation petition for an Australian wide minimum passing distance law by April 30th here.

The new QLD rules are pretty simple (road rules changes) and also includes increased fines for cyclists (not stopping at stop sign: $330) to bring them on par with fines for cagers. Interestingly, the same fines now also apply to those riding animals.

Amy Gillett

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