[TheThinkTank] Burning Man Bikes

francisco diamond frdiamond at msn.com
Wed Sep 20 17:49:46 PDT 2017

I came across this thread about the Kiwanis. Just too bad we can't magically teleport them to where the need is Houston, Florida, PR etc.


[X]#1921 - Bicycle Harvest<https://www.flickr.com/photos/10111/6134486040>
Reno Travis with the 2,000 bicycles left on the playa at Burning Man 2011. Most will go to the Reno Bike Collective and other bike organizations, some will be repainted and added to the BRC Yellow Bike program.

[https://farm7.staticflickr.com/6188/6134486040_406c007144_b.jpg] <https://www.flickr.com/photos/10111/6134486040/>

From: Thethinktank <thethinktank-bounces at lists.bikecollectives.org> on behalf of Dean FoGerty <dean.fogerty at gmail.com>
Sent: Wednesday, September 20, 2017 5:13 AM
To: The Think Tank
Subject: Re: [TheThinkTank] Burning Man Bikes

Ship bikes to Houston Garvey

Sent from my iPhone

On Sep 20, 2017, at 6:07 AM, Abby Easterly <aeasterly at onoffsite.com<mailto:aeasterly at onoffsite.com>> wrote:

Kiwanis Bike Program<http://www.kiwanisbikes.org/>
145 Catron Drive – 775-846-7146 – (Downtown<https://burningman.org/event/preparation/local-towns/reno/shopping-areas/downtown/>)
Open 9am-9pm during Burning Man. Just north of downtown Reno, Kiwanis Bike Program is normally to benefit kids in-need in the community. However, every year they receive large numbers of bikes left on the playa each year, and end up setting aside and taking extra special care of a bunch of them for burners next year to purchase at very fair prices. They also sell various bike accessories such as lights, el-wire kits, baskets, car racks, locks, fat seats, and bells), and they provide bike repairs. Finally, Burners can store bikes with Kiwanis for next year.

Also from the website. Kiwanis is big supporter to QC Bike Collective here in Manchester, NH.

Abby Easterly
QC Bike Collective

From: Thethinktank [mailto:thethinktank-bounces at lists.bikecollectives.org] On Behalf Of Jonathan Rosenbaum
Sent: Wednesday, September 20, 2017 2:54 AM
To: The Think Tank <thethinktank at lists.bikecollectives.org<mailto:thethinktank at lists.bikecollectives.org>>
Subject: [TheThinkTank] Burning Man Bikes

Heads up, according to a friend of mine who just came back from Burning Man in Nevada, many, many bikes were left abandoned after the event.

According to the event's webpage<https://burningman.org/event/preparation/getting-around/bikes/>:

Love ‘Em… and Please Don’t Leave ‘Em
Leave no trace. A bike is a BIG trace. Somehow it’s become a common myth (playa legend, perhaps?) that it’s perfectly acceptable to leave your bike behind upon striking your camp. Nothing could be further from the truth. If you pack it in, pack it out!

However, apparently, it is perfectly acceptable to leave bikes behind, so there may still be lot's of bikes for bike projects in the region of Black Rock, Nevada to gather up.  Something definitely to look into if it hasn't already been.


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