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unclefather 04-12-10 08:45 PM

Bicycles, homelessness, and unemployment
 
I'm gathering some research on how access to bicycles can alleviate homelessness and unemployment. A quick google search returned several stories along the lines of "Sharon was homeless but then somebody gave her their used bike. Then she got a paper route, and now she can pay rent on an apartment." There are several non-profits across the country who fulfill this need.

Does anybody have a similar story bookmarked or close at hand that you would like that share with me?

Thanks in advance.

Richard Cranium 04-13-10 06:30 AM


A quick google search returned several stories along the lines of "Sharon was homeless but then somebody gave her their used bike. Then she got a paper route, and now she can pay rent on an apartment." There are several non-profits across the country who fulfill this need.
What a great story. What a great, great story.

I guess you could give bicycles to the homeless to get them to ride out of town. Go away and clutter up some other neighborhood. "The best in urban planning ."

ItsJustMe 04-13-10 06:40 AM

I have heard some stories of people giving other people cars in order for them to remain employed, and also sometimes to homeless to help them along (and perhaps give them some shelter). In fact, that happens pretty much every day in pretty much every city in the country, I think.

travelmama 04-13-10 08:54 AM


Originally Posted by Richard Cranium (Post 10662967)

I guess you could give bicycles to the homeless to get them to ride out of town. Go away and clutter up some other neighborhood. "The best in urban planning ."

I was thinking the same. This happens far too often in most areas. The police boot them out only for them to find another area to camp. I wonder how in the world are they able to transport major appliances and for what reasons?

kludgefudge 04-13-10 07:57 PM

my city has a large homless population and a significant portion of them ride bicycles, often with creatively constructed trailers attached. they use them to collect bottles and other recyclable goods as well as to cart their livin' supplies around. If it keeps em busy and able to make money through recycling instead of breaking into cars for crack and liquor money I am all for it.

I know one in particular who worked for a temp labour agency a while back, he pulls like 3 trailers behind his "custom" chopper(thats cut off forks jammed onto the forks to extend the front end) and does like 60+ k round trips regularly


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