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It's the end of the road forour rainbow crossing

If you haven’t yet visited Oxford Street’s famous rainbow crossing, do it soon or you may miss out.

Despite the City of Sydney’s best efforts to insist the colourful crossing stay, it’s set to be painted over early next week.

Sydney Mayor Clover Moore sought the crossing to be painted by Taylor Square for a month-long trial period over Mardi Gras, but she says it should now become a permanent tourist attraction which demonstrates the diversity and inclusiveness of the area.

“The crossing is beautiful and already a much loved piece of public art. People want it to stay.

“It is a proud mark of how far the equal rights movement has come. Just a few decades ago, gay men and lesbian woman were violently targeted and had no rights but today we celebrate their contributions and we expect equality.”

A petition calling for the crossing to remain agrees – and now has over 14,000 signatures.

Moore hopes people will still continue to inform Minister Gay that they want the rainbow crossing left in place by emailing office@gay.minister.nsw.gov.au or calling (02) 9228 5271.

The photo above shows James Breko Brechney as the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. He’s one of hundreds of people who have visited the crossing to take fun photos. Even Olympic diver Matthew Mitcham is a fan…

But NSW’s Road Minister Duncan Gay will not be swayed, so the crossing will now be painted over with black paint.

“I hope the State Government will get over their problem with rainbows,” the clearly annoyed Sydney MP Alex Greenwich tells Same Same.

“The value of the crossing to tourists, local businesses, and the LGBTI community is greater than anyone expected, and in the very least the State Government should allow for an extension of the trial.”

Any possible safety concerns about the crossing are easy to address, he added. “The safety audit recommended some easy to implement and low cost suggestions that would further strengthen the safety of the crossing.”

Goodbye rainbow crossing… thank you for showing us the way across Oxford Street, shining so brightly on Instagram and making hundreds of Facebook profile pics just that little bit more gay.

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Breko

Breko said on the 2nd Apr, 2013

Such a shame. To mark the end of the rainbow you can see my live performance art piece 'Pot of Gold' here: http://jamesbrechney.com/blog/2013/3/30/pot-of-gold-live-performance-art-installation

pie141

pie141 said on the 2nd Apr, 2013

So annoyed about this... Grrr

nerd

nerd said on the 2nd Apr, 2013

Just put it across Taylor Square, connecting Oxford and Bourke.

The water fountains can spring out of it :)

And drunks can sprew on it.

wysi

wysi said on the 2nd Apr, 2013

they should paint a rainbow on the sidewalk.

not on the ped xing.

jazzable

jazzable said on the 2nd Apr, 2013

That kid on the right is working IT!

NATEE

NATEE said on the 2nd Apr, 2013

I am sure the rainbow crossing will be back.

MrAsh

MrAsh said on the 2nd Apr, 2013

The rainbow crossing has grown on me so I'm not fussed whether it stays or goes. I'm more concerned about the public safety risks associated with the rainbow crossing and this example of 'performance art' on a pedestrian crossing is a clear safety risk for both the artist and other pedestrians.

http://static.squarespace.com/static/5072288ae4b03adec666ae9f/51565a90e4b052be7731a250/51565c04e4b01a74bb7e83bd/1364614468318/P3280088.jpg?format=300w

Breko

Breko said on the 3rd Apr, 2013

I understand your point MrAsh and am grateful you are concerned for my safety - but if you look at this shot I was 1 meter in from the kerb and you can see people have only begun crossing in the background. I also had a helper with me. Instead of anecdotal evidence check out the Safety Audit completed last week which has rated the crossing as “low risk” to safety.

Michael Tiyce

Michael Tiyce said on the 3rd Apr, 2013

I was no fan of the installation of the rainbow crossing given its immense expense, as it is there and in the absence of evidence that it represents a danger to the community (haven't the Police said it doesn't??) its extraordinary the State Govt would want to be a party to the further waste of residents money by painting over it. The council failed to consult residents and businesses re its installation, the state govt has failed to consult us re its removal. It represents one of the few visible links to oxford streets past as a gay cultural hub and would be an amazing entrance to a Pride museum at the council owned T2 building at Taylor sq, itself a focus of the struggle of our community for recognition and rights. Christine Forster and Alex Greenwich deserve our support and thanks for lobbying the govt regarding this issue.

pete1000

pete1000 said on the 3rd Apr, 2013

Funny how a painted rainbow can make people so scared.Homophobia call it what you like.You would think the Liberal government would be going out of its way to make amends after the disgraceful police fiasco at Mardi Gras.
Do they want money and the pink tourist dollar coming into NSW and Sydney and Australia or don't they ?
Go on and cause a few more problems and you won't have a GLBTI Mardi Gras next year.

Frostydog007

Frostydog007 said on the 6th Apr, 2013

Minister Gay - pffffftttttt

MrAsh

MrAsh said on the 7th Apr, 2013



It's not anecdotal. I have walked past that rainbow pedestrian crossing every day since it has been installed. I've seen people stop in the middle of the crossing to be photographed whilst the crossing lights are flashing red and I have also seen many people taking photos obstruct passage to other users who want to cross the street.

Just because no one has been hurt so far on the rainbow crossing due to irresponsible behaviour doesn't mean it's not going to happen.

MrAsh

MrAsh said on the 7th Apr, 2013



Yes, Alan it seems Mr T is changing teams. He'll tear up his #Homocon card soon enough and he'll be Clovers #1 supporter by the end of the year! :p

JayTee

JayTee said on the 7th Apr, 2013

It's not anecdotal. I have walked past that rainbow pedestrian crossing every day since it has been installed. I've seen people stop in the middle of the crossing to be photographed whilst the crossing lights are flashing red and I have also seen many people taking photos obstruct passage to other users who want to cross the street.

Just because no one has been hurt so far on the rainbow crossing due to irresponsible behaviour doesn't mean it's not going to happen.

It's interesting that not a single injury has occurred from this crossing and its being scrapped by lawmakers citing safety concerns, but other documented links to pedestrian deaths are being ignored by lawmakers entirely.

http://m.smh.com.au/digital-life/mp3s/pedestrian-death-rise-blamed-on-ipods-20100905-14w4d.html

Barrin

Barrin said on the 7th Apr, 2013

For almost 45 years a crossing in London has been a magnet for tourist's taking happy snaps...

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/4/42/Beatles_-_Abbey_Road.jpg/220px-Beatles_-_Abbey_Road.jpg

There's even a web site to share your pics. http://www.abbeyroadcrossing.com/

MrAsh

MrAsh said on the 7th Apr, 2013

For almost 45 years a crossing in London has been a magnet for tourist's taking happy snaps...

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/4/42/Beatles_-_Abbey_Road.jpg/220px-Beatles_-_Abbey_Road.jpg

There's even a web site to share your pics. http://www.abbeyroadcrossing.com/

That crossing is of historical British cultural significance and isn't an identity politic symbol. Also the road is two lanes, not six and it's a lot classier.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2010/dec/22/beatles-abbey-road-listing

MrAsh

MrAsh said on the 7th Apr, 2013

It's interesting that not a single injury has occurred from this crossing and its being scrapped by lawmakers citing safety concerns, but other documented links to pedestrian deaths are being ignored by lawmakers entirely.

http://m.smh.com.au/digital-life/mp3s/pedestrian-death-rise-blamed-on-ipods-20100905-14w4d.html

I don't believe it's being ignored. There has been safety awareness campaigns previously promoting awareness of pedestrian safety and usage of electrical devices, yet there is little they can do to stop pedestrians from making foolish decisions. The rainbow crossing is a distraction for Oxford Street and it removal will limit any chance of a fatality happening due to it.

http://www.smh.com.au/ffximage/2008/05/01/ipod2_wideweb__470x329,0.jpg

JayTee

JayTee said on the 7th Apr, 2013

I don't believe it's being ignored. There has been safety awareness campaigns previously promoting awareness of pedestrian safety and usage of electrical devices, yet there is little they can do to stop pedestrians from making foolish decisions. The rainbow crossing is a distraction for Oxford Street and it removal will limit any chance of a fatality happening due to it.



They could easily make it illegal to wear headphones or be looking at your phone whilst crossing the road.

There's a big difference between having a safety campaign (ie. a persuasive tactic like that campaign) and a ruling that orders people to do something ie. removal of the rainbow crossing instead of doing a a safety awareness campaign around its use.

If anything the rest of Oxford street is a safety hazard as so many drunk people don't bother crossing at the lights. But we don't remove the entire road just because some people might get hurt because of their own foolishness.

MrAsh

MrAsh said on the 7th Apr, 2013

They could easily make it illegal to wear headphones or be looking at your phone whilst crossing the road.

There's a big difference between having a safety campaign (ie. a persuasive tactic like that campaign) and a ruling that orders people to do something ie. removal of the rainbow crossing instead of doing a a safety awareness campaign around its use.

If anything the rest of Oxford street is a safety hazard as so many drunk people don't bother crossing at the lights. But we don't remove the entire road just because some people might get hurt because of their own foolishness.

You have a point. Yet by removing the rainbow crossing, they are removing a risk.

Doolander

Doolander said on the 7th Apr, 2013


Just because no one has been hurt so far on the rainbow crossing due to irresponsible behaviour doesn't mean it's not going to happen.

Just because someone could get hurt, doesn't mean someone will get get hurt...

I could get hit by a bus tomorrow, most of us could... Shall we take buses off the road?

MrAsh

MrAsh said on the 7th Apr, 2013

Just because someone could get hurt, doesn't mean someone will get get hurt...

I could get hit by a bus tomorrow, most of us could... Shall we take buses off the road?

Removing risks, decreases the chance that someone could get hurt.

MrAsh

MrAsh said on the 7th Apr, 2013

Just because someone could get hurt, doesn't mean someone will get get hurt...

I could get hit by a bus tomorrow, most of us could... Shall we take buses off the road?

Removing unnecessary risks, decreases the chance that someone could get hurt and if you see first hand the irresponsible things people are doing on and around this crossing, you'll understand that it's an unnecessary risk.

Bar Wench

Bar Wench said on the 7th Apr, 2013



Ash, you are such a stick in the mud.

Doolander

Doolander said on the 7th Apr, 2013



It seems a lot of people from Same Same lately have been decreasing their chances of copping 'bullshit opinions cast as fact' from 'holier than thou' posters by removing unnecessary risks such as posting on the forums...

That's certainly made this a more lively place... Hasn't it?

mark_

mark_ said on the 7th Apr, 2013



No. Ash has principles and he sticks to them.

There's plenty of mud already in the world. And there's plenty of brain-damaged alcoholics floating back and forth in the mud.

mark_

mark_ said on the 9th Apr, 2013

:eek: such an flattering picture of our gay MP at the back!

http://images.moneymanager.com.au/2013/04/08/4175021/art-rainbow-20crossing-620x349.jpg


http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/rainbow-worrier-says-taylor-square-crossing-must-go-20130408-2hh9y.html#ixzz2PxqAMkOi

Bar Wench

Bar Wench said on the 9th Apr, 2013



Oh Mark. Stay classy ;)

pete1000

pete1000 said on the 12th Apr, 2013

"It was really sad to see the state government rip up the rainbow crossing. France and Uruguay legalised gay marriage this week and we can't even seem to paint a strip of bitumen in Sydney,"

mark_

mark_ said on the 15th Apr, 2013



http://jamesbrechney.com/blog/2013/3/30/pot-of-gold-live-performance-art-installation

Breko, I admire how you've brought in the 'Pot of Gold symbol to add some oomph into this earthbound-rainbow. Because I think having a rainbow in the asphalt is as inappropriate as giving the name 'Great Wall' to a non-stationary motorcar.

http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_FoXyvaPSnVk/SyvprQsggII/AAAAAAACXD4/Ak4HMZRQtW0/s800/Great-Wall-Motors-0.jpg

pete1000

pete1000 said on the 17th Apr, 2013

"It was really sad to see the state government rip up the rainbow crossing. France and Uruguay and NEW ZEALAND legalised gay marriage this week and we can't even seem to paint a strip of bitumen in Sydney,"