A miracle comes in the unusual form of 5000 dusty, abandoned bicycles in Black Rock Desert, Nevada. Volunteers of the Burning Man festival are helping to refurbish the bicycles to help the victims of natural disasters that ravaged Puerto Rico, Texas, and Florida.
Burning Man, an organization that focuses on facilitating and extending culture, hosts the Burning Man event once a year. Over ten thousand people participate in the event which gathers people together from around the world to create Black Rock City, a temporary city dedicated to art, creativity, and expression.
Cheap bicycles, a common way to navigate the festival, are often left for clean-up crews and volunteers to take care of. The core tenant of the festival is ‘leave no trace,’ so having the beater bikes scattered across the desert is not what the festival aims for.
Burning Man organizers took to social media to show the overwhelming amount of bicycles left behind, begging participants to come back for the salvageable bikes and donate them to charitable causes. One Burning Man employee, Logan Mirto, took a picture of the abandoned bicycles, captioning the photo, “Please don’t leave your bikes at Burning Man.”
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