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New Gym For Homeless Also Creates Electricity
wwj.com ^ | 20 January 2010 | wwj

Posted on 01/20/2010 12:48:36 PM PST by Westlander

Detroit (WWJ) -- Detroit's homeless not only have a place to stay, they now also have a place to stay in shape.

The Green Gym opened at the warehouse of the Cass Community Social Services at 12025 Woodrow Wilson. It is the first gym of its kind specifically for homeless clients.

The specially-equipped bikes hooked to a generator will make electricity redirected to the warehouse. One cyclist over an hour's time can create enough juice to power two laptop computers for an hour.

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Chit/Chat; Health/Medicine; Science
KEYWORDS: energy; exercise; green; homeless
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1 posted on 01/20/2010 12:48:37 PM PST by Westlander
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To: Westlander; Tijeras_Slim; martin_fierro

Perhaps they should just make giant hamster wheels for them!


2 posted on 01/20/2010 12:50:04 PM PST by Constitution Day
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To: Westlander

“specially-equipped bikes”

...the only way they’ll get a hobo to ride a bike is to dangle a bottle of “Thunderbird” in front of it.


3 posted on 01/20/2010 12:51:58 PM PST by albie
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To: Constitution Day

Perhaps they could do manual labor.


4 posted on 01/20/2010 12:54:11 PM PST by TheThirdRuffian (Nothing to see here. Move along.)
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To: Westlander

Now this idea has promise. The bikes could provide the electricity to power the HVAC fans to circulate heat. Capture the methane from the sleeping areas and bath house to cook and heat the facility. Set up a duty roster or schedule for the bikes...no bike, no eat./s


5 posted on 01/20/2010 12:55:31 PM PST by John.Galt2012 (I'll take Liberty and you can keep the "Change"!)
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To: Westlander

I was not aware that gym memberships was a crying need among the homeless.


6 posted on 01/20/2010 12:56:04 PM PST by Non-Sequitur
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To: Westlander

That’s so bogus. Have the “homeless” ride a bike long enough to cook their supper or heat their room and they would be looking for a real job in a New York minute.


7 posted on 01/20/2010 12:56:08 PM PST by 1raider1
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To: 1raider1

Yep.


8 posted on 01/20/2010 12:56:59 PM PST by John.Galt2012 (I'll take Liberty and you can keep the "Change"!)
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To: Westlander

“One cyclist over an hour’s time can create enough juice to power two laptop computers for an hour.”

So are they saying the homeless can ride to provide power? Would that be the least efficient way of providing power?

Seriously. The human body is not that efficient that way.

Plus, the amount a human (even an athlete) could produce before exhaustion is trivial; hence the vague claim as to output.


9 posted on 01/20/2010 1:00:30 PM PST by Pessimist (u)
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To: Westlander

“they now also have a place to stay in shape.”.....

Funny!....to damn funny!.....Just what every homeless person wants....A place to stay and a place to work up a sweat exercising.....Who thinks up this crap?


10 posted on 01/20/2010 1:00:32 PM PST by AngelesCrestHighway
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To: Westlander
If a for-profit corporation had proposed this, you would be hearing the outraged screams of leftists all the way to Uranus...

Since it is a "green" project run by a "community" social services group, however, look for a "ho hum" response from the usual suspects, or possibly even enthusiastic embrace of the concept...

But, this has got to be a violation of somebody's rights, huh...

/s

11 posted on 01/20/2010 1:01:46 PM PST by Zeppo ("Happy Pony is on - and I'm NOT missing Happy Pony")
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To: Westlander

Actually, this is discrimination!....They are assuming all bums are green....


12 posted on 01/20/2010 1:02:02 PM PST by AngelesCrestHighway
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To: Westlander
seinfeld - to be interviewed for a job for rickshaws
13 posted on 01/20/2010 1:02:02 PM PST by smokingfrog (You can't ignore your boss and expect to keep your job... www.filipthishouse2010.com)
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To: Westlander

I wonder if the gym offers boxing?


14 posted on 01/20/2010 1:02:59 PM PST by the_devils_advocate_666
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To: Westlander

15 posted on 01/20/2010 1:05:20 PM PST by umgud (I couldn't understand why the ball kept getting bigger......... then it hit me.)
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To: Westlander

“New Gym For Homeless Also Creates Electricity”

I saw a movie about that, I think. Matrix or Maalox or something like that.


16 posted on 01/20/2010 1:07:03 PM PST by USMCPOP (Father of LCpl. Karl Linn, KIA 1/26/2005 Al Haqlaniyah, Iraq)
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To: Westlander
You can buy a prime, vacant city block in midtown Detroit for obscenely low prices and civic money is being spent on hamster like toys for the homeless?
17 posted on 01/20/2010 1:07:50 PM PST by llevrok (I speak with a Conservative dialect)
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To: John.Galt2012
Involuntary Servitude. You can't work for your keep, you have to be paid.
18 posted on 01/20/2010 1:10:58 PM PST by Deaf Smith
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To: Non-Sequitur

It sounds more like a social experiment to use homeless as slaves, lol.


19 posted on 01/20/2010 1:13:48 PM PST by tiki (True Christians will not deliberately slander or misrepresent others or their beliefs)
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To: Deaf Smith

You’re right. Make 1kW to eat and 2 kW to spend the night. What? You don’t have any kW. Today’s your lucky day.


20 posted on 01/20/2010 1:20:22 PM PST by John.Galt2012 (I'll take Liberty and you can keep the "Change"!)
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To: Westlander

Didn’t they try this on a compulsory basis in England once? Charles Dickens, call your office!


21 posted on 01/20/2010 1:27:48 PM PST by VampireStateNY (Bleeding taxpayers dry since 1788!)
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To: Constitution Day
This sounds like something Kramer would come up with: homeless people generating electricity.

Although that rickshaw idea didn't work out, this one just might.

22 posted on 01/20/2010 2:50:42 PM PST by Teotwawki (Live free or die. Seriously. It's not just a state slogan.)
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To: AngelesCrestHighway

>>”They are assuming all bums are green...”

Well, maybe a greenish tinge the morning after a date with “Cracklin Rosie, or “Mad Dog.”

:*)

Even THAT is better than Soylent Green.


23 posted on 01/20/2010 6:27:09 PM PST by DoorGunner ("Rom 11: until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in; 26 and so, all Israel will be saved")
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To: Westlander

Makes me think about the Seinfeld episode using the homeless guys to drive rickshaws.


24 posted on 01/21/2010 7:20:21 PM PST by BlackjackPershing (The patriot's blood is the seed of Freedom's tree - Thomas Campbell (Scottish poet))
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To: Westlander

Why doesn’t the YMCA and other gyms do this, if it makes so much sense?


25 posted on 01/21/2010 7:21:47 PM PST by BlackjackPershing (The patriot's blood is the seed of Freedom's tree - Thomas Campbell (Scottish poet))
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