Purplegodess, on 02 May 2014 - 07:36 PM, said:
There is every year a maps meeting. No that door will not be an entrance and an exit. It is Exit only from the Convention Hall. It is far too congested for that exit to be both, and far to unsafe for it to be both and entrance and an exit. You can enter the convention floor through the hall A entrance which is the main entrance to the Exhibit Hall.
sisterdiscord, on 02 May 2014 - 08:26 PM, said:
We are back in Hall A, which should lessen the walk from last year significantly, but it puts us back into the position of having this traffic flow issue.
I'm not sure how you are saying this- because it wont. Itll be the exact same distance.
This may come off sharp, and I don't intend it to, but let me be clear: we've been talking about this for years and it isn't changing. These rules existed when I was con chair, too-- they aren't new, they are just more critical now when we're more than double the size we were my first year. Feel free to discuss it with the board, but what you're saying in this thread is that we need to do something patently unsafe as a convenience to you, and that is not a reasonable request.
It is not a convenience. - its a safety issue. I'm annoyed that you guys continue to assume I'm asking because its easier - no I'm asking because it IS NOT SAFE.
We have been over and over this with our team, the convention center, Rosemont folks, etc. There is no good way to make that door bidirectional with the kind of traffic flow we have coming and going - thousands of people flow through that hall in an hour. If we allow people with passes to use it bidirectionally, we have to stop a massive crowd to do it, and the crowd bunches up, creates fire hazard levels of backup within less than a minute. I'm not exaggerating, guys, I'm trying to explain what happens. that door - that hallway - is not wide, and it simply cannot be a primary artery like you want it to be. We also cannot close that door to everyone except those with passes- it's all or nothing. We choose to make it a one directional path for that reason.
We do our best to be accommodating to all our attendees, and we go out of our way to work with our attendees with special needs. However, we will not risk attendee safety (and in this case we're talking about greater risk to the safety of the exact folks you're asking for a special accommodation for) by trying to manage that traffic into the hall through the expo. If you have mobility issues that impact your enjoyment of the event, I'd highly encourage you to get a scoot rental for the weekend - it's a lot of walking no matter what and where. Several of our staff do so, and it is an excellent short term solution - around 100 bucks for the week.
$155 for 3 days which is insane. I expect ACen to work with Marks Drugs (which is the only place that rents scooters to the area) to have them there at the con. There is a $25 per way delivery charge. If ACen arranges some kind of group rate that may be possible. Of course thats out for this year.
Further more why am I being basically yelled at for this? I simply asked for an update after Magnus said he would talk to the DH's. - I asked about the board meeting because he is a board member. I dont expect anything I say will change the way you guys decide to run the con. I came to that conclusion long ago.
This post has been edited by KungPowKirby: 02 May 2014 - 08:49 PM