In The Netherlands, by 1971 deaths by motor vehicles were 3,300, of which 500 were children. A campaign in favour of pedestrians and bicycles started in different locations. It was called “stop children’s murders”.
‘Stop de Kindermoord’ took measures against car traffic - they occupied accidents blackspots, organising special days where streets were closed to allow children to play safely, they cycled with an organ in front of the house of the prime minister Joop den Uyl, to sing songs asking for safer streets. A characteristic is that the protests involved both the parents and children.
One of the most remarkable protests took place outside Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum in the mid-1970s, where thousands of participants all laid down with their bicycles, pretending to be dead.
The only room with a beginning and an end. Displaying the names of the children killed gives it grounding and the realisation of mortality; no longer just a number, they are real people.
The scale of the name represents the power of the movement. Hear the voices and see what they achieved.
Walkthrough: Describing the key points and visual features of the room
Above: Standing in the maze. The view from the protest side of the wall shows the names of those killed by traffic.
Above: Standing amongst the bicycle sculpures looking back towards the central wall displaying positive information and statistics about the changes brought about by the campaign.
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