March 22nd, 2009


Here's to hoping that playa conditions are good this!

I posted this in another burning man community and it has taken on a life of it's own. There is a Burning Man Transit Line being planned. So I thought I would share this with you all and see if anyone had anything they wanted to add to it.....

It is a bitch to get around in the best of conditions, and with most of the art cars being snobs it is almost impossible to catch a ride. It really is becoming a real problem to get round on the playa. In 2005 we were able to jump on an art car after art car. One night we chose to just ride them and let them take us were they may. The years after it has gotten harder to get them to let us have a ride. I understand the whole you shouldn't jump on while they are moving thing. I do sympathize with them on the subject of F***ed up people puking all over their cars. I don't drink, I don't do drugs, and I always ask. Still it is always no even though it is very obvious they have room. There seem to be a lot of "this is a camp car". My husband and I were talking to Odd Wally about all of this and he said that he had been hearing a lot of this. He said if he gets too many people saying these things about a art car that he would looking into and revoke their license. That art cars are suppose to be a part of the community and there was too many of them feel like they weren't. He said that there has been too many repeats of the same old thing, like couches as an example. That the first one was cool but now they had over a dozen and they were being used for personal transportation so the DMV was going to start being a lot more selective. All that being said if they aren't allowing personal transportation, which I agree with, but if the art cars aren't giving rides and our bikes aren't making it and walking is killing even the best of us, then what are we supposed to do?

Last year was a night mare getting around. Everyone's bike chains breaking from trying to get through the dust bowl! My master link broke the first day! When we went from bike fix it camp to fix it camp the next day, they all said that they were running out of supplies already. Man all I heard was my legs are killing from pedaling through the sand dunes. By the third day everyone I know ditched their bikes and resigned themselves to walking and not being able to seeing all they wanted to. With the city being SOOO huge it really killed you to get from one end to the other!

People started out thinking they could make it across to the other side only to get to one of the art installations and give up, hoping that some art car my take pity on them and give them a ride. That was one of the stories of someone I met at the Tetris installation. We saw someone who gave up an took a nap in the shade of one of the art pieces. Man, when we went walking about on Friday night we walked from center camp to the fire spinning stage, P.E.X. I think, out past the origami, across to Tetris, and back to 5:10 and A. The whole time when we were walking I would look at the object we were heading to and it seemed to get farther and farther away from us, like those hallways in the movies. I am soo happy they made the city back to a more manageable walking distance!

Maybe there should be established a DMV public bus that circles the city? We could have a volunteer bus drivers corp. I mean we have a postal service, the DMV, the DPW, etc why not a public transportation service? I would if I could, we live in Fla so get and maintaining a art bus would be very hard on us. We are mechanically challenged as well. If the ORG was to maybe put in a grant for those who might want to be a part of the public transportation system? Just a thought!
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