bradtem wrote:The answer may lie in changing people from thinking about gate as a "before burning man" experience (with lines, an every-man-for-himself attitude, searches, commerce etc.) to an inside-BRC attitude of cooperation, chill, trust and gifting.) This is not trivial but I think it is possible.
Talk about the understatement of the entire thread. Seriously.. think about the logic/logistics/reality of the situation (which I am seeing is very hard for you to do).
You're going to somehow, someway.. calm 15k-20k people excited/freaking out with anticipation in line that shhhh.. quiet now children.. let's all calm down and form a nice, perfect line here. No line changing. YOU.. yes YOU! Stay in your line and everyone.. gather round.. let's sing another round of Kumbaya before we hit gate..
No, really. I'm not trying to be an ass.. but.. bradtem - THINK ABOUT THE REALITY OF THINGS INSTEAD OF YOUR PIE IN THE SKY UTOPIA IF YOU WANT TO ACCOMPLISH ANYTHING
The only way that I see that you are going to physically speed things up is simple physics. The amount of people in line is like the volume of water. The line.. like plumbing. The only way that you are going to make that water move faster through the pipe is either increase pressure or increase volume. Period. You're NOT going to magically change the attitude/behavior of 15k people waiting to get into Burning Man. You're not. Get that out of your head. The only way that I see here to change anything is to physically increase the breadth of the gate by adding more inspection stations and therefore increasing that pipe size to fit more water flowing through it. That's it.
Honestly, it's pretty simple. So actually, LoR.. why can't we just do that then? Why can't there just be more inspection lanes? Shit.. have 15 of them flowing at one time. Have as many as there are greeter stations and have set lanes that go directly from gate to greeters.
Increasing pipe/line volume is the only way that I see around this. Not magically changing crowd/mob mentality..
There are functional limits to how many lanes can effectively be operated before order and safety breaks down. Multiply that by the same issue being a concern at Greeters, at Gate, and finding plots in the dark in the city.
in other words....you're drinking from the hose and are real thirsty. One way to get hydrated fast is for me to turn up the hose. Another way is for me to give you a larger diameter hose (more lanes) at the same pressure. A third is to add a larger diameter hose AND more pressure. But now you've got another problem looming...how quickly can you swallow all the water without vomiting it back up? (that's the city itself.)
For the record, Gate runs 8 set lanes, and we have the ability to add up to another 4 realistically in crunch times. That extra space is usually used to accommodate issues like breakdowns, emergencies, etc The 8 lanes are typically running multiple crews in each lane; typically 4 vehicles more or less get searched and processed and released in a batch. Next four...
Bradtem, you keep mentioning other events. Can you cite an event that searches all vehicles, must take individual tickets, is a camping/living space event, and lets the participants choose their own space to set up in....and that does it all much better than BM? Did you know other festival send people to BM to find out how to fix their issues by copying some of our methods?
I'm curious..what are those other better run events that hae solved the problem? Maybe a handful of us can go there and glean some hints.
Wanna know how simple it would be to cut the processing time/line in half, at least from a Gate standpoint?
[list=]All vehicles must have all spaces within them able to be reached by an arms length...let's say 30". If any part of the vehicle is not reachable by a person easily getting that close, the entire vehicle is turned back to Reno to remedy. Anybody that's processed through in a car or small SUV will attest to how fast that is.
All vehicles hold up tickets as they get to the sorting kiosk. No tickets in evidence, they're routed down the loopback down the highway. Go fix it somewhere else.
Move willcall/boxoffice into Gerlach, Nixon or Reno. Anywhere but the event.
All drivers must remain within the vehicle once they leave the highway. Turnoffs/loopbacks to the highway will be placed along Gate road. If you exit your vehicle, your vehicle will be sent back down the highway to try again.
All vehicles must stay within their initial lane until they reach the sorting kiosks unless directed otherwise by LEO or Gate staff. We catch you lane changing, and we send you back down one of the turnouts to the highway. Try again from the back of the line.
The fox provides for himself, but God provides for the lion - W. Blake (attribution corrected)