Don't know how to get to Burning Man? We got you.
Burning Man. No other event in the U.S. exemplifies the sharing economy on such a large scale. The event has a strict & unique no-vendor rule, creating a massive gifting ecosystem with the likes not seen anywhere else. Many generous Burners even bring 2 or 3 times the supplies they actual need in order to give to others, some even bringing extra sleeping arrangements to accommodate the not as fortunate and prepared.
Located in the middle of the Nevada desert, Burning Man creates the 1 week-long city of Black Rock (BRC). BRC consists of 70,000+ Burners, whose belongings are all organized in the infamous semi-circle, all of which travel to the campgrounds by ground transportation. Many veterans Burners say that how they get to BRC is always in the air, especially when there’s a lot of supplies and not enough seats in the car, leading to hitchhiking or other creative avenues.
In 2017, a website called FareShare was created by two Burner friends to tackle this dilemma. The two were, and still are, long-time festival goers of Burning Man, Coachella, EDC, & more, and always had a problem of everyone getting to the events due to the problem of not having enough seats — even when everyone packs light. As a result, they created FareShare: a marketplace where driver’s can list their seats at low prices for rideless attendees to book like their booking a flight, but it’s in someone’s car!
Prices are always cheaper than flights. Being that it is a marketplace, there is no surge pricing like there always are for flights on Labor Day Weekend for the areas surrounding Burning Man (i.e. Reno). Also, riders on the platform don’t have to deal with getting from the airport to the event since drivers are going to the event as well. Many drivers even offer round trips.
FareShare’s novelty doesn’t just stem from serving as a marketplace focused on getting festival attendees, but how it facilitates the experience in the car. Each driver can indicate their car’s “ground rules”. These ground rules comprise of questions that show potential riders the environment of the trip, such as what kind of music the driver likes in their car, how chatty the driver is, if they allow pets in their car, room for baggage, even their smoking preferences.
How it works is quite simple. A driver located in Los Angeles decides to drive to Burning Man so she could have her car there. She’s driving with one of her friends; however she has room for 2 more in her car. She creates a profile, makes a listing, and is able to now have her seats booked by fellow Burner. Someone who now doesn’t know how to get to Burning Man can now book a seat in that driver’s car with those funds covering her travel expenses to the place she would already be going.
Safety wise, the site indicates that each ride offer is approved by an actual person on the FareShare team, with all drivers vetted for their respective state’s license & insurance.
Don't have a full car, yet?
If you don’t have a full car of people going to Burning Man, you can find other festival goers on FareShare.io — a ride share platform where drivers can let riders book their empty seats to an event. Drivers can now actually get paid to drive to the festival or rave they would have already driven to, meanwhile riders travel for a fraction of the cost of driving or more when compared to a flight ticket.