DRT Portland 2016 Registration is Live!

Join us Saturday, October 22 to exercise, show off, and celebrate our unique abilities to haul supplies, independent of infrastructure.

It’s a drill, it’s a play day, it’s a competition: centered around a realistic story of neighbors helping neighbors after the big one.

Cascadia Subduction Zone has finally popped free of its perilous stasis. 300 years of unrelenting plate convergence has been resolved in 7 minutes and 25 seconds of existential mayhem. The following 3 days of extrication, triage, and assessment leaves each neighborhood with a long list of material needs. Local supply sources have been identified by emergency management agencies and by your neighbors. The next step is to mount a supply run across broken terrain, in a land neutered of infrastructure.

Your neighbors need help- do you have a cargo bike?


8 thoughts on “DRT Portland 2016 Registration is Live!

  1. mizee

    Bummer… been wondering when DRT 2016 would be held. I enjoyed seeing the bikes here in my University Park neighborhood last year. Didn’t realize it was moving to the “other” university neighborhood this year. I’ll look for BikePortland coverage on Monday. Hope everyone had a great time!


    • antload

      Shawn, we received your e-mail inquiry, you are in! To answer your question for the benefit of others:

      “Call-out to disaster-preparing cargo cyclists of the Portland-metro area.

      Disaster Relief Trials is providing a demonstration preparedness event for Northeast Portland:

      “Disaster Dinner”
      October 22, 10:00am-7:00pm

      We are assembling an off-grid outdoor staffed kitchen and using 18 cargo cyclist to supply it with filter-able water and strategic food ingredients to feed 30 people a vegan dish consisting of rice, coconut milk, seasoning, and vegetables.

      Inspired by the “Rice Cooker Ride”, developed for earthquake resilience by students and staff at University of Tsukuba, Japan.

      Please e-mail your inquiry to: disasterrelieftrials@gmail.com with subject line: “Water Runner” or “Local Supply Runner” if you wish to participate in the following citizen-led disaster response rolls:

      Water Runners (30+ miles 100+ lbs)
      -will collect water from a desirable natural source and haul back to base for filtering
      -observes the original DRT elements of “30 mile minimum self-navigated distance” and “100 lbs accumulated payload”.
      -must obey all traffic laws
      -time and gallons of water delivered tracked via radio communication and base recording

      Local Supply and Welfare Check Runners (10+ miles 50 lbs max)
      -will collect food ingredients from closest sources
      -will collect health and infrastructure status information to be recorded at base
      -must obey all traffic laws
      -mission and progress tracked and recorded at base

      Once we get commitments from the first (8) Water Runners and the first (10) Local Supply Runners, we will announce closure of registration.

      Registration is free and each registrant who completes their mission earns a commemorative stainless steel pint cup.”


    • antload

      Thank you. This is Mike Cobb. Ive spoken to a Stephan about welding up your impressive bikes here. I do cargo bikes and TIG welding, both!


      • We are nearly ready to fly ! Let’s talk on a device one of these days – now funded for our first microfactory in South Africa – kits ready in august – cheers ollie


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