This is sad to see, but it is not the only thing to happen with the community bikes at burning man. One time at 10 & K I saw a yellow bike, locked, and another taped with checkered duck tape. Another time, another place, I found another locked bike, and another.
I was lucky, though, to have found a few throughout the week, those 4 times were the only real times I had needed them, and they appeared magically. The last time I was lucky enough to find one all alone, I needed it to get back to camp from center camp before the temple burn, and I was passing by the camp of somebody I needed to return a shirt to and say goodbye - I took the risk, and, it was worth it - though the bike was taken
So I ran all the way back to camp and hey! There was a yellow bike there! No lock, no tape.
So, there was a good bit of yellow bike magic for me that week, but I was truly saddened to see the gift to the community be stolen. To see people not get it, and let their individual needs overrule the needs of the community as a whole is such a tragic loss. The way I see it, though, every year is a clean slate! Here is another chance to experiment this gift. As the event gets bigger, the moop map seems to get greener. Some things take longer to get. It really is something worth keeping around and working for as a whole. It is one lesson among many on the playa to take back to the world!
Things like this just make me want to be more involved in so many ways. I love everything about this experience, even seeing this, I love it, because it takes these things to make you look at the greater picture and make the difference.
Love unconditionally, share wisdom, grow in Love.