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Bikes are in a warehouse in Reno/Sparks NV and we are deep in repairing each one of our Burner bikes and also donated children's bikes.    Thank you to everyone who helped make this first phase possible.

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Abandoned BurningMan bikes to Hurricane Irma Regions

 

Initially this site was set up for our launching of new bike taxi and mobile bike repair businesses across the Caribbean/Atlantic Island region.  

However following the devastation of Hurricane Irma in this region I knew we had to delay any expansion.    Many of my friends lost their homes and all of their belongings, and many spent a terrifying night hiding in a corner or closet as their roofs were torn off their homes.    

There is no doubt this storm grew to such a size and strength due to increasing temperatures in our Oceans;  there is no denying this is going to be an increasing trend.    

What can we do to build better structures which can adapt to high winds,  establish communication systems which can connect thousands in extreme conditions, create infrastructures that can help people move to get the supplies they need when they need them.   These are all questions we MUST develop answers to in the immediate future.  

When I saw a post of thousands of bikes abandoned on the Playa following BurningMan there were a number of thoughts in my mind....but knowing the bike culture in island nations as I do one of my immediate thoughts was,  "We can use these...now!"   What followed was a series of calls, emails with amazing people responding which culminated in a sleepless night, long drive and lots of dust to pick up as many of these bikes as we could.  

We know that this will be a long term program and I am inspired by all the people who have reached out and helped out in the last 48 hours.   

I look forward to the future. 

With gratitude, 

Meg Kiihne

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Thousands of bikes abandoned on the Playa following BurningMan2017

Thousands of bikes abandoned on the Playa following BurningMan2017

Devastation following Hurricane Irma

Devastation following Hurricane Irma

 
 
 
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BBC News - 

Abandoned at Burning Man, bicycles now head for Houston and the Caribbean

Thousands of Burning Man revellers abandoned their bicycles when they left the desert festival. Will hurricane victims give them a second life and a new purpose?....

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How we got here?  (Winona Daily News)

When a photo of abandoned bikes from the Burning Man festival popped up in Megan Kiihne’s Facebook feed, the Winona native and Winona Senior High School graduate knew she had to get to the Nevada desert as fast as she could.

Because on that same Facebook feed were images of carnage and destruction in the wake of multiple powerful hurricanes that battered islands that held a special place in Kiihne’s heart.

This was a way she could help...read more

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Bicycling Magazine 

Abandoned at Burning Man, Hundreds—Maybe Thousands—of Bikes to Go to Hurricane Victims.   Hundreds of bikes salvaged from the annual festival will make their way to Texas and the Caribbean.

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