Another great and relevant idea from Mr. Bobrow:
- as a resident of Brooklyn, NY, Hurricane Sandy has been quite an experience. Finding myself working at my laptop as others lost power, internet, and quite frankly, their homes, I decided to figure out what my options were for helping out. Putting my name on a list for the red cross was a start, but most volunteer opportunities require prior training (and rightfully so).
I decided to get out and see what the rest of the city looked like, biked my way around lower Manhattan, and found a lot of people hard at work, but also a lot of people without basic necessities. I wondered if bringing a generator or many into the city would help some have cell phone power to call loved ones. As I pedaled, I thought this generator could be cyclists, generating power by pedaling in place. I have seen some wonderful disaster response bikes, but would love to see fleets of them available in all areas. It would not take a lot of work to equip some bikes with generators, and perhaps a simple 10 usb hub for charging multiple devices.
Along with these bikes, it makes sense to equip them with both a first-aid kit, water, and a water filtration kit (since water is heavy). It seems to me that health, water, and communication would be most basic needs, and I feel like communication doesn’t get stressed enough. As it stands, this is just a sketch on paper, and a post in words, but maybe this will influence some efforts and makers. -