Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Jerome County Commission Gives 'Big' Ed Beckley Go-Ahead For Snake River Jump

Posted By on Wed, May 7, 2014 at 11:30 AM

"Big" Ed Beckley (left) with his Boise attorney, Jon Simmons (right), went before the city of Twin Falls to argue for Beckley's right to jump the Snake River Canyon on a specially designed rocket bike. - GEORGE PRENTICE
  • George Prentice
  • "Big" Ed Beckley (left) with his Boise attorney, Jon Simmons (right), went before the city of Twin Falls to argue for Beckley's right to jump the Snake River Canyon on a specially designed rocket bike.


'Big' Ed Beckley, whose plans to hold a televised event at which he will jump a motorcycle across the Snake River have been denied by the Twin Falls City Council, has struck a deal with the Jerome County Commission, giving him the right to hold an event on the rim of the Snake River Canyon near Twin Falls, the Times-News reports

The deal requires Beckley to post a $50,000 bond within a month of his event and produce several documents, including outlines for traffic control, traffic suppression and safety plans. In the 124 days between now and when he launches, he'll also have to build the rocket motorcycle that will take him across the canyon. In return, Beckley will be able to hold a 10,000-person, seven-hour event. 

The scope of Beckley's event permit is much reduced from his original plan to sell 40,000 tickets and bring 100,000 people to the site of Evel Knievel's own attempted daredevil river crossing on its 40th anniversary.

By moving the launch site, Beckley will jump 2,860 feet across the canyon—900 feet farther than he'd originally planned. 

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