Nobody ever went out on the ring.
It was technically accessible, and vital to the generation of air, power, and gravity on the station, but the processes were all better handled by AI, and the vats weren’t friendly to humans.
That never stopped kids on the station from daring each other to approach the transition locks and whispering ghost stories about it during night cycle.
Stories of rogue malevolent AIs and kids found dead in the algae tanks were popular fodder. But nobody believed they were true.
Station AI always made sure that the disappearances were thoroughly explained, after all.

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