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SENDING BURNING MAN BIKES TO AFRICA



At 5:30 and Lorenzo last year, our bike drop collected enough bikes to fill a shipping container for Africa.



We are long-time Burners with connections to bike shops in Minneapolis, MN and Banjul, Gambia. We've been shipping bikes from Minnesota to Africa for years, but not until 2016 did we finally figure out how to get a container to Burning Man so that we could send bikes straight from Black Rock City to the Serekunda Market in West Africa.



Even then we didn't quite know if it would work. We waited patiently for the week to end. On Friday the cars started passing Stars And Bikes on their way out of town. Only a handful of people saw our sign and stopped to contribute their bikes to our cause. Saturday was about the same: thousands of cars but only a handful of bikes. Sunday morning came and went and still we hadn't seen many bike donations. The city was emptying and It was beginning to look like our ambitions were a bit grandiose.



Then, as Sunday dragged on, and little by little, the bikes started to come in. One and two at a time. In just that one day we filled more than half of our shipping container. We had planned to pack up the camp on Monday, but the container wasn't full. So we left our sign up and kept taking in bikes most of the day. By 2:00 on Monday afternoon, the container had completely filled.





We closed up the giant box and locked a total of 303 bikes inside. The semi tractor came the next day and the first Stars And Bikes container headed to port!





We want to say a giant THANK YOU to the hundreds of people who generously took the time to pull over and find out what we were all about and then chose to contribute their Burner bikes to a great cause. We are extremely proud of our accomplishment last year, but...

In 2017 we want to ship 1000 BIKES! You can help us in two ways. One, we saved some of the bikes collected last year to serve as Burning Man bike rentals for this year. Rent a bike to help us pay for the camp! Two, donate your bike when you go home from Burning Man. We will be on the last ring road. Look for us at about 5:30. We will accept any bike.







Stars And Bikes and Re-Cycle, Inc share no official affiliations with Burning Man, Black Rock City, LLC, or the US Military (but we do appreciate journalistc integrity).











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