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The new standard for Ropes Courses was developed by Subcommittee F24.60. 

Aerial adventure courses including zip lines, ropes courses, challenge courses, aerial trekking courses and canopy tours are among the fastest growing segments of the commercial recreational industry. These activities include functional, operational and patron participation requirements that are now represented in a new ASTM International standard, ASTM F2959, Practice for Special Requirements for Aerial Adventure Courses.
 
The new standard was developed by Subcommittee F24.60 on Special Rides/Attractions, part of ASTM International Committee F24 on Amusement Rides and Devices. "These activities are one of the fastest growing segments in the commercial recreational industry," said the chairman of the task group that developed ASTM F2959. The purpose of ASTM F2959 is to provide designers, manufacturers, owners/operators and auditors with criteria and references for use in the design, manufacture, installation, operation, maintenance, auditing and major modification of aerial adventure courses.
 
The success of the F2959 effort demonstrates how Committee F24 can quickly react to the need for detailed safety guidance when a new product enters the amusement industry market and is rapidly adopted by worldwide facilities.