Safety FAQs

Q: I saw a double-harness globe which appeared to bounce down the hill is this safe?

A: No. Double harness globes are outlined in the Code as a dangerous configuration. Not only are the safety risks incredibly high, there is a very high risk of bodily fluid transfer from one rider to the other.

 

Q: I have a hill in my back yard I want to start as a globe riding site, what do I need?

A: A bulldozer! The only safe way to create a safe run is through earthworks.

 

Q: I bought a globe from China which did not cost a lot; do you think I can use this for the public?

A: Only if you are willing to risk criminal prosecution. We do not know of any copy device from China that is safe.

 

Q: I visited a globe riding site already in operation, and it had ropes and hay bales as safety barriers, is this safe?

A: Definitely not. See what happened in the Lost Valley incident with a fake device and ropes and hay bales.

 

Q: Can I use the Code of Safe Operations when designing my globe riding site?

A: Yes, in that it will help you develop a risk management plan. For safe design you should get help from an experienced safe operator with a good track record.

 

Q: What restrictions should I employ at my globe riding site?

A: This is totally up to you and the device you are using. It is recommended thorough testing is completed in line with the Code before you open it to the public.

 

Q: I have seen a globe riding site that uses a net to catch the globes at the bottom of the hill and I want to employ this on my globe riding site. What are the specifications?

A: Using a net to catch globes is dangerous. The velocity and force generated by the globe on its way down the slope can easily tear, remove, or bounce over the net leaving the occupants without any means of stopping the device.</p>