Black Rock City is a walking and bike-friendly metropolis. No motorized vehicles except for public agency vehicles, specially marked BRC 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. You must park your vehicle at your campsite and leave it there while you are in BRC. 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 departing BRC, please observe posted speed limits (5 mph) within city limits. Pedestrians and bicycles have the right of way over motor vehicles. These simple rules will be strictly enforced.
Mutant Vehicles & The DMV
All prospective Mutant Vehicle drivers, and those requiring a disabled license, must pre-register with the DMV before the event. To be licensed, Mutant Vehicles must meet certain criteria and ALL registrations take place pre event. You are required to show your acceptance letter to Gate staff upon entering BRC — those not pre-registered and approved WILL NOT be let into BRC. More info on the website.
Mutant Vehicle artists, operators and passengers must comply with certain safety standards, including physical and mechanical integrity of vehicles, and adherence to driving rules. Passengers may only get on or off a vehicle that is completely stopped. Vehicles are prohibited from driving inside the perimeter around the Man. The speed limit in BRC is 5 mph at all times — that’s reeeaaaallly slow. All Mutant Vehicles must also comply with the Sound Policy stated on the Burning Man website.
Scooters & 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 BRC, and must be 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 an integral part of our culture. Our city was designed for walking and biking. Make sure it works and remember to light it up! The playa is very dark at night and there are many riders. Light your bike to avoid injuring yourself and others. Consider NOT biking to major burns, where bikes can pose a safety hazard. For everybody’s safety and sanity please do not bring bikes, chairs and large coolers to the larger burns.
Lock & Decorate Your Bike!
We recommend locking your bike when it’s not in use. NEVER lock your bike to guy wires on the Café, art pieces or any other structures. This is a safety hazard and may disrupt performances and scheduled burns. No bike is considered lost until the event is over. Starting Monday (through Wednesday Post-Event), lost bikes can possibly be recovered at the Yellow Bike Camp. After Wednesday, unclaimed bikes are donated to Reno-based nonprofits that fix them up and provide them to underprivileged kids. Your bike is much less likely to be ‘borrowed without asking’ if you decorate it. Make sure decorations are securely affixed. Lastly, DO NOT ditch your bike at Burning Man! Dealing with abandoned bikes stretches our already over-taxed resources. Send additional questions to bikesburningmanorg (bikesburningmanorg) .