In a move to improve the health of the poor, a Salvation Army Gateway shelter will soon be glowing with lights using pedal power from old exercise bikes.
The WeloBike project launches Feb. 12 at the Jarvis St. shelter and volunteers are needed to come in and pedal away for at least 30 minutes at a stretch. That energy will be stored in an attached battery pack and used to light up the rooms.
The initiative makes people aware of the work that goes into electricity production and how more energy efficient LEDs and Tungsten halogens are compared to regular light bulbs.
It also helps people lose a few pounds while they’re at it. That’s right the poor should work for their money and their electricity.