Homeless solution: bike campers

Stockton pedicab operator Elizabeth Wong writes:

“(Like) countless others, I have contemplated how cities could address some of the autonomous homeless people in the communities.
“I use the word “autonomous” because some of them prefer not to stay inside of homeless shelters. Some had dogs that gave them the unconditional love that society doesn’t. Some don’t prefer the company of other people sleeping next to them, etc.”
Her solution: bike campers. Yes, there are such things.

“There could be an industry of mass-producing affordable bicycle trailer homes that non-profits & cities could buy to distribute among those homeless living in tents,” Wong writes. ”Special day and evening facilities would be available to lock the trailer up, and for them to shower.”

I like the cab-over model, with room to stretch out and sleep. But I wonder how stable it is up there, resting above three wheels. Do these contraptions have struts?

This one looks stabler. Lugging it around undoubtedly tones up the legs, too.

Anyway, more here.

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