Getting Around Black Rock City
Rules & Regulations
Getting Around BRC
Black Rock City is designed for pedestrians and bicycles. No motorized vehicles except for public agency vehicles, specially marked Black Rock City department service vehicles, and vehicles licensed by the Department of Mutant Vehicles (DMV) are allowed to drive in BRC or on the open playa. Non-mutated vehicles intended for recreational driving, including motorcycles, large scooters, and ATVs are not permitted and will be impounded at the Gate. NO unlicensed cars, RVs, trucks, motorcycles, golf carts or go-carts are allowed. Be prepared to park your vehicle at your campsite and leave it there for the duration of your stay. Vehicles driving without a proper permit may be fined, impounded, or disabled by law enforcement or the Black Rock Rangers.
DRIVING INTO BRC
When entering and leaving Black Rock City, please observe posted speeds limits (5 mph; no dust) within city limits. Pedestrians and bicycles have the right of way over motor vehicles. Remember: the event ends Monday, and there is still no driving allowed on Sunday night. These simple rules will be strictly enforced.
MUTANT VEHICLES & THE DMV
Citizens of Black Rock City have an opportunity to participate in the Mutant Vehicle experience, an important piece of the art and participation at Burning Man. The DMV licenses Mutant Vehicles for driving in BRC. All prospective Mutant Vehicles, and those who wish to apply for a disabled license, MUST be pre-registered with the DMV before the event. In order to be granted a license Mutant Vehicles must meet certain criteria. In addition to being visually stimulating and participatory in nature, vehicles must be safe and owners must comply with driving rules (no driving on pedestrian-only streets, 5 MPH, no leaking fluids, etc.). Mutant Vehicles receive licenses for different types of operation within Black Rock City: some are restricted to the open playa, others may be operated solely during the day or night (which requires radical illumination.) The DMV also works with the Fire Arts Safety Team to inspect and license Mutant Vehicles that use flame effects. Please note that drivers must carry their state-issued driver’s license with them any time they are operating a vehicle.
MUTANT VEHICLE SAFETY & DRIVING RULES
Mutant Vehicle participants (vehicle artists, operators, and passengers) must comply with certain safety standards, including physical and mechanical integrity of vehicles, and adherence to driving rules. Passengers should only board or exit from a stationary vehicle. If a vehicle doesn’t look safe, don’t get on it. Vehicles are prohibited from driving inside the established perimeter around the Man. The speed limit within Black Rock City is 5 mph at all times – that’s a walking pace. All Mutant Vehicles must also comply with the Mutant Vehicle Sound Policy as stated on the Burning Man website. For more information about licensing a Mutant Vehicle and driving regulations, see dmv.burningman.com.
SCOOTERS AND GO-PEDS
Large, seated, street-legal motorcycle type scooters are not allowed to drive in BRC. Small motorized scooters (single-person, two wheeled, lightweight, stand-up, small, no-seat, off-street type, e.g. go-peds) are allowed in BRC, but they are subject to the same rules as any other motorized vehicles, including the 5 MPH speed limit and use of front and rear lights at night. BLM Rangers will issue citations for noncompliance. We strongly suggest loud scooters be equipped with a sound-dampening muffler.
Motorcycles are only allowed in BRC if they were your sole means of transportation to the event, and they must be driven to and parked at your campsite for the duration of your stay. Motorcycles that aren’t your sole means of transportation will be impounded at the Gate.
Bikes are not merely a convenience; they are part of our culture. Our city was designed for walking and biking. There may not be bike repair service available, so be sure your bike is in good working order.
- LIGHT YOUR BIKE! It’s very dark on playa at night, and there are a lot of people out. Please light all bikes to avoid injury and damage to yourself and others.
- LOCK YOUR BIKE! It is recommended you lock your bike at all times when not in use. NEVER lock your bike to guy wires on the Café or any other structures. This can pose a safety hazard. Also, do not lock your bike to artwork as this may hamper performances and scheduled burns. No bike is considered stolen unless the lock was cut, and no bike is considered lost until the event is over on Monday. If your bike is missing, you can file a lost bike report at Playa Info at any time during the event.
- DECORATE YOUR BIKE: It is much less likely your bike will be borrowed without permission if it looks unique. Make sure decorations are securely affixed.
- MARK YOUR BIKE: and ALL of your significant possessions (backpack, camera, etc.) with your name, phone number or email address, and camp location.
- LEAVE NO TRACE: DO NOT ditch your bike at Burning Man! Dealing with abandoned bikes stretches our over-taxed resources. Please learn more here. Further questions can be sent to bikesburningmancom.
Wind-powered vehicles with a pivoting (non-fixed) mast and a standing operator are allowed to move within BRC. All other types of windpowered vehicles are not allowed within the city but may operate at the Black Rock Airport. Look for the airport on the BRC map.