I've never felt not safe on a coaster. If you sit correctly and lock your bar and belts correctly you have nothing to worry about what so ever. With SFNE you have no worries you will be stappled into the seat.
You don't have to be worried about the ride ops if you just use some common sense and use the restraints provided. It is not that hard. The only thing you might not know is that the T-bar is supposed to be a lap-bar and not a gut-bar. If it is hitting your tummy and not your legs you should not ride.
RavenTTD: All of those things you mention are well and good, but it is not my job nor the job of the any of the riding public to worry about that. Rider responsibility is important, but the ultimate authority for determining if a ride passenger meets the requirements for riding and if the restraints are being used to secure the riders as designed lies with the trained operators.
RavenTTD said: You don't have to be worried about the ride ops if you just use some common sense and use the restraints provided. It is not that hard. The only thing you might not know is that the T-bar is supposed to be a lap-bar and not a gut-bar. If it is hitting your tummy and not your legs you should not ride.
Well that can't happen now and the measures taken were overkill.
It's pretty bad when a SFDL op tells you it was the ops 100% and everyone has to pay for it in extra belts and rediculously small seatbelts.
The thing that scares me about those Intamin SM coasters are the brake runs. I hate coming into the brake run and seeing another train right there, or being in the station waiting and having that train stop right behind me.
Chainlift just don't worry about it; if that's what you mean.
Yea Intamin has had accidents, but just about every one has. SaS had the vertigo collapse I don't see many people questioning their safety measures. *** Edited 2/22/2005 2:30:25 AM UTC by GIGAFORCE01***
Maybe because it was a collapse that happened during the offseason with no possible injury to the public? If that S&S upcharge attraction took a tumble with riders on it, they would be under the same microscope.
Name one B&M coaster that had a fatality that was the result of restraints? *** Edited 2/22/2005 2:47:54 AM UTC by Chitown***
As an enthusiast, I've gone on hundreds, if not thousands of laps over hundreds of different coasters. As an enthusiast, you should know the right way and the wrong way to ride a coaster and part of the right way of riding a coaster is pulling down the lap bar to your lap (not leaving a few inches for extra air-time). Seems like a simple enough concept, yet its the reason for the most problems on coasters. Just follow the rules, do what the signs say, use the restraints properly and enjoy the ride. Coasters have proven time and time again that mile-for-mile, they are one of the safest, if not the safest form of transportation out there. Like the old saying goes, you're hundreds of times more likely to die on your way to the amusement park (driving on the highway, flying in a plane, riding on a train, walking through the parking lot) then you are likely to die in the amusement park.
I felt safe on both of the SROS I've ridden (SFA, SFDL). At the time, I was 6'4", 350lbs, and a 48" waist. I am now in the process of losing weight so I can ride MF and TTD. I am down to 285 and a 44" waist. I still need to lose about 2" in the thighs be able to ride MF. Even now though I would feel perfectly safe riding any of these rides.
Vertigo probably would not have collapsed if it had been in operating condition will all of it's rigging on. The extra rigging would have broken up the harmonic vortexes that resulted in it's collapse. See the discussion from shortly after the incident.
I really have no concerns about Intamins restraints as they are today. Of course, I'm not of exceptional size.
Eightdotthree, I agree with you one hundred percent. The brakes accident, could have been fatel, however I do feel ass though the seat belts are an excellent idea. Having the seat belts attached to the waste restraint and the seat itself is perfect. Even if that waste restraint ever failed to give way, the seat belts "on both sides", should be very safe.