'Pedal Power' May Help Homeless Find, Keep Work

Organizations in Chattanooga, Tenn., are providing bicyles so homeless people won't have to rely on others for transportation to their jobs. The Chattanooga Times Free Press reports the bikes will come from donations and will be repaired with money from a program started by the mayor.

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Good morning. I'm Steve Inskeep. The city of Chattanooga is trying to solve one of those small but maddening problems with poverty. Even when they find a job, homeless people sometimes struggle to make it to work on time. Their ride doesn't show. The bus doesn't run. Your life falls behind. Now, hundreds of the homeless should be able to get around, so long as they don't mind a little sweat. A Chattanooga program is providing bicycles for people sleeping in shelters or on the streets.

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