What it is
|The 15-person Busycle, the only one of its kind in all the world is a reconverted 1989 Dodge cargo van that had served its life for a moving company in Boston. Cut bare to its chassis by a group of Beantown volunteers and non profits, headed by Matthew Mazzotta and Heather Clark, the truck was then outfitted with two steel bed frames that had been rescued from the Harvard University recycling center. After the sleeping structure was then welded in place to support 14 discarded office chairs, recycled bicycle drive trains were connected to these seats so they could anchor the machine's power source - humans. A complicated gear box takes the pedal energy that results and with the help of the truck's transmission converts it to power that propels the truck's rear wheels. The Busycle even has reverse!!
Next April, Martin Krieg will point the handlebars of his 19th Century HiWheel bicycle east as he shepherds the Busycle back to Boston with his new book “How America can Bike and Grow Rich, The National Bicycle Greenway Manifesto” as a part of the 7th Annual National Mayors' Ride.
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