Thanks for the comments, Vertigo. Yes, you sound like a parental lecturer, but I believe your intentions are good. If you really read my all my posts in this thread (long, I admit), you'd see that...
I started the thread to see if there were many people injured by running into Crude Awakening stuff, or other stuff on the playa. I was just curious. So far, I've learned of at least two, probably three, people that crashed into the big black pipe and were airlifted to hospitals (there's another thread about one of them). The two I know of for sure had fairly happy endings (no serious, lasting injuries). Cool people that they are, they mostly blame themselves, and I agree the moving object (bicyclist) bears almost all the responsibility.
I was not hurt. I take responsibility for my silly crash. It had nothing to do with Crude Awakening. I accept responsibility for running into the stuff I ran into. I started with 80% blame, now I accept the full 100%.
Like you, Vertigo, I think it is reasonable that everyone take responsibility for their actions, movement and their stuff on the playa. That includes artists and participants. (And I am VERY grateful for the artists!) I think it is unkind to knowingly create hazards for burners, if that hazard is not an art object, and could easily be lit or moved or protected in some way. Safety third, or fifth or whatever, but at least give it some thought. Actual artworks are an exception - maybe it is supposed to be dark, for some artistic purpose. If so, it should be dark. It's clear most posters don't share my view about stuff on the playa. Some think people should be able to put whatever stuff they want there, artistic or not, dangerous or not and caveat bike rider is the only rule. There's validity in both opinions and let's just agree to disagree. For what it's worth, I brought an art car project to the playa this year, and we definitely considered the safety factor, and spent more time and money (not much, really) making it safer. I would hate it if someone got hurt in relation to our art car, even if it was totally their fault.
I don't want to change anything about Burning Man (except maybe by passive encouragement for people to be safer). I don't want more rules. I know some things are inherently dangerous, and I don't want to change that. Your point about the event being vulnerable to change because of stuff like this is well taken. None of us want it to be like the default world, so constrained by liability concerns.
Like anyone would, I guess, I've found it annoying to be lectured for my post, which was a question about injuries. People interpreted it as a whiny rant. I was annoyed at some of the debris, and I expressed that, so I'll admit there's an element of rant. Is it too late to take it all back and say I thought Burning Man was perfect and the interactive debris was my favorite part? I'm really not a complaining kind of person, and I love Burning Man as much as everyone else.
Valkryie, I hope you had a great virgin burn. The items in question could not have been moved without a truck, and I wouldn't haul away property I didn't own in any case, unless I knew it had been discarded. I did what I could to make the pile smaller in hopes it wouldn't happen to someone else. Next year, I'll bring extra blinkies and glow sticks in my small effort to prevent others from being injured. I just want happy, happy, joy, joy for everyone there, and I think most burners wish that for each other. But the Death Guild was there way before I ever was, and happy happy joy joy for everyone is probably a laughable goal to them. Just different viewpoints. And when I saw moop, I did pick it up just like most of us do.
I've learned a few things about the real playa, eplaya and myself in the process. I should be less idealistic about the citizens of BRC. There's 48,000 of us and we have differing opinions and different levels of concern for each other. I should always take 100% responsibility for my safety and assume a hazardous environment (I knew that already, now I know it better). I'm good with all that and I can't wait till next year's burn.
We don't like negativity, and this thread I started is kind of inherently negative I guess. Can we drop it? Or Trilo (the moderator), can you nuke it? Wish it into the cornfield?