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5,000 bicycles were abandoned in the desert at this year's Burning Man festivalImage copyright
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About 5,000 bicycles were abandoned in the desert at this year’s festival

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?

When the rains from Hurricane Harvey finally stopped, everything Yesenia Rodriguez owned was under 20 feet of water.

“I lost my bike. I lost my car. I lost all my clothes,” she says. “I found my baby picture in a tree.”

Rodriguez, a real estate agent, went to stay with relatives and is now starting over from scratch.

But in a sprawling city like Houston – where pre-storm, 94% of residents owned a motor vehicle – getting to her job and around town without a car was impossible. An estimated 500,000 to 1m cars were…



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