April 6 to April 27, 2004
Black Rock City Polls
How do you plan on getting around the playa this year?
I will pedal the playa on my trusty tricked-out playa bike, of course!
I will dazzle my fellow participants with my fabulously decorated mutant vehicle!
I like to get around on a gussied-up (but muffled) scooter.
I'm going the old fashioned way ... foot power!
I shall rely on the kindness of strangers!
World's first road death
On August 17, 1896, Bridget Driscoll, became the first road fatality in the world. She was a 44year old mother with two children who had come to London with her teenage daughter and a friend to watch a dancing display.
While the driver was reported to be doing 4 mph, witnesses described her at being hit by a car travelling at "tremendous speed". The crash occurred on a terrace in the grounds of Crystal Palace in London
The car was owned by the Anglo-French Motor Car Company who were offering demonstration rides to the public.
At the time of the crash, the car was being driven by Arthur Edsell, an employee of the company. He had had been driving for only 3 weeks (no driving tests or licenses existed at that time). He had apparently tampered with the belt, causing the car to go at twice the intended speed. He was also said to have been talking to the young lady passenger beside him.
After a six-hour inquest, the jury returned a verdict of "Accidental Death". At the inquest, the Coroner said "This must never happen again". No prosecution was proposed or brought against the driver or the company.
I wonder what they would think if you took one of the small stand up scooters and modified it into a sit down type model....
Tiara wrote:Disclaimer: I haven't read all the new rules & regs regarding Mutant Vehicles that have been released to cover the 2004 event yet.
My understanding of past policy is that any motorized vehicle which can accomodate a seated driver and/or passenger(s) required DMV approval to operate during the event. This includes all sit-down type scooters, regardless of power source or engine size.
From listening to Larry's remarks at the SF Town Hall meeting it sounds like they are really cracking down on all vehicles this year. He said they are going to have an impound lot and not even let in vehicles such as ATVs (and scooters?) that won't be permitted on the playa. I didn't hear all of the speech so maybe someone else can fill in the rest of it.
What Vehicles Are Allowed?
Scooters (stand-up, one-person “go-peds”) are allowed at Black Rock City. These vehicles do have a trademark —- a very distinctive sound. Give the gift of non-noise pollution to your neighbors (and all those whom you ride by): Muffle Thy Scooter.
is this really really no exceptions this time?
cause it's getting to be kinda like the boy who cried wolf.
But what about:
the guy driving a flying carpet complete with palm tree and 2 cycle lawn mower engine
the electric wheel chair made over into a mobile mushroom
the hammock on wheels
the motorized bed
assorted mobile couches
Are these all banned now or likely to fly under the radar?
I don't find electric golf carts so objectionable since they are usually pretty slow moving.
It's the Ford pickup with a piece of wood on the nose to resemble the prow of a boat.
The go-carts and minibikes that go zipping past my campsite all day.
Motorcycles suddenly zooming across the playa at 60 mph.
On reflection, it's almost always the overuse of fast oil burners that crashes the party.
Isotopia wrote: Having said that I get the impression that the criteria is going to be a bit more stringent which translates (in my mind) into the need for some serious creativity in order to pass muster.
ramen wrote:Never having captained an 'art' vehicle aside from my own derrier perched atop a bike, I don't know much about the small fry art vehicles. I guess my impression is that the people driving mobile sofabeds or water-cooled mushrooms don't bother getting permits, while the drivers of regular four-wheeled vehicles are compelled to.
If it has wheels, a seat, and an engine, and ISN'T a staff vehicle, it needs to be approved (and this year, PRE-approved) by the DMV.
So, if the conveyance has some form of engine, be it electric or combustion, it has to be registered.
Staff, DPW and human powered vehicles are exempted.
Does that about sum it up?
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