Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Finally! the homeless get an uprade in transportation and accomodations

At first blush, this contraption may appear to belong to an ice cream or hotdog vendor.
Sure, the dude pedaling it would likely be dressed in rags and have wild, bloodshot eyes barely discernible through the scraggle of birds-nest-like hair and debris-filled beard, but nothing gets me hungrier than the aroma of steaming franks and mustard wafting thru the air (with a hint of urine and vomit in the background, JUST LIKE THE OL' BALLPARK when you were a kid!)

Meet The Housetrike: "The tiniest of tiny houses is built on a tricycle"

By combining transportation, storage, and lodging into a single pedal-powered unit, a Dutch designer's Housetrike may be a possible solution for the homeless, the nomadic, or maybe even the touring cyclist.

C'mon now, what mentally ill and/or alcoholic touring cyclist wouldn't be proud to enter this bad boy in the next Tour De France? The Alps might get cold at night, but with the handy pullout "expando" feature, PRESTO! A dining room with built-in porthole/bathroom. This rider has all the creature comforts of back "home"( under the viaduct).

The (Housetrike) was designed and built by Bas Sprakel, a way of solving some of the pressing problems for people living on the streets, by providing a secure place to store their belongings, while also expanding to become a safe shelter at night... having a secure and covered storage area on the bike helps keep personal items out of view, as well as avoiding the outward appearance of being homeless (as compared with using something like a shopping cart, which has a stigma attached to it).

This Dutch inventor guy has things all figured out, because the most "pressing problems for people living on the streets" has to be the lack of security and safe storage for their nearly empty bottle of Ripple and old mayo jar of saved belly lint. And trust me, you don't need the "stigma" associated with displaying your can deposits in an open shopping cart with one bad wheel.

the Housetrike could be built for around $1500, which might seem quite low, except that the money would probably have to be underwritten or donated, as there aren't a lot of homeless with $1500 in their pockets.

Only $1500? Well hells bells,  Too rich for my blood.  In obama's America, you have to be as rich as a Chinese farmer to be able to afford one of these bad boys.


  1. but it would be a tax writeoff for the homeless.

  2. Yes. But that's a lot of upfront can deposits. The real entrepreneurial could subsidize their income by doubling their Hometrike as a rickshaw in the downtown busy streets.