In response to StacyS:
Hi! I'm BlueCross, the Manager of Exodus and Traffic for BM. Thank you for posting your thoughts. I wanted to address some of what you posted, and let you in on some of our thinking.
"I noticed quite a few people left their vehicles completely
unattended. When the pulse happened, there were a bunch of times where
a completely empty vehicle would block an entire lane...
Pulse happened and we were stuck."
We intend the period between pulses to be a time where participants can get out of their vehicles and interact with each other. It has turned an all-painful often-negative experience into a much more positive one for most people. We do recognize that some people will abandon their vehicles and miss the pulse. There are twothings we do to help mitigate that:
1) We announce the imminent pulse on BMIR. We hope those that hear it will be kind enough to spread the word. We know that doesn't help if someone is simply gone from their vehicle.
2) We make the lanes 20 feet wide. This is ample room for nearly any kind of vehicle to get around nearly any other kind of stopped vehicle without having to merge into the next lane. We do this on purpose and encourage you to pass IN YOUR LANE if a vehicle is stopped and not moving.
"On top of this is that the org really encourages people to stick to
This is kind of true, from the past, because sometimes we implement traffic patterns that release one lane at a time, and lane jumpers foul that system. This will no longer be true into the future...we are eliminating any kind of individual lane releases. Makes the system more fair and easier to administer. And, as I pointed out before, lanes are wide enough to pass without leaving your lane. What we don't want to happen is for people to MERGE, uinless they see a sign telling them to merge at a certain point, or cones are explicitly laid out to cause a merge (but that rarely happens). Unintended merges cause systemic imbalances.
"My suggestion on the pulsing threads was to see if we could have 2
people on ATVs with horns and PA's travel from the highway up the
access road alerting people to a coming pulse and get back to their
That is a great idea. We may do something like that. Or maybe trucks with ambers, horns blazing. Good suggestion. It has been received.
Anyone who has ideas, I encourage you to write me (as I don't monitor ePlaya regularly enough to catch stuff..) at firstname.lastname@example.org