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Zip Lines

A proposed new standard is the ongoing result of a collaborative effort between ASTM International and the Association for Challenge Course Technology to develop manufacturing and operations standards for commercial zip lines and aerial adventure courses. WK34049, Practice for Special Requirements for Zip Lines, Ropes Courses and Challenge Courses, is under the jurisdiction of Subcommittee F24.60 on Special Rides/Attractions, part of ASTM International Committee F24 on Amusement Rides and Devices.

While ACCT standards have addressed challenge course technology, which includes ropes courses and zip lines, since 1994, those standards were originally written for the educational and therapeutic market. “A recent trend toward the commercialization of zip lines and other aerial adventure courses has made it necessary to quickly address this growing sector of the industry,” says Richard Klajnscek, an F24.60 member and the chairman of ACCT’s Installation Standards Committee.

WK34049 will answer this need by establishing criteria for the design, manufacture, installation, testing performance, operation, maintenance, inspection and auditing of zip lines, ropes courses and challenge courses that are specifically intended for concession, commercial recreation or amusement purposes.

WK34049 is being developed by a WK24.60 task group chaired by Mike Teske, director of technical services, Zipline Franchising LLC. Teske notes that all interested parties are welcome to join in the development of the proposed new standard.

CONTACT Technical Information: Mike Teske, Zipline Franchising LLC • Sevierville, Tenn. • Phone: 865-323-6643 O ASTM Staff: Leonard Morrissey • Phone: 610-832-9719 Upcoming Meeting: Feb. 16-18 • Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.

This article appears in the issue of Standardization News.