Would You Pedal for the Sally Ann?

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The Salvation Army’s shelter on Jarvis Street in Toronto plans to launch it’s WeloBike Project 2008/02/12. The initiative will depend upon volunteers to pedal old exercise bikes that have been retrofitted to allow generated energy to be stored in attached battery packs. That reserve of energy will then be used to light the shelter’s rooms.

PEDAL YOUR ASSETS, BOYThe shelter’s director estimates each retroffitted bike will be able to generate at least 50W/hour of electricity (more for experienced cyclists) and is worth $750 to $1,000 (click on the photo and learn how to build one for yourself).

The name of the bike, We’Lo, is a derivation of the name of an organization called We Love, and was coined by the bike’s creator, Cyril GuĂ©rette.

Other Links:
2007/09/13 – Toronto Star: Energy pusher
2007/10/02 – Arise: Welobikathon
2008/01/29 – Toronto Sun: Pedal power to the people

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One Response to “Would You Pedal for the Sally Ann?”

  1. Thomas Cermak Says:

    Hilarious but potentially a good thing. I really want to see how this pans out.

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