SMITHSBURG — Personal Energy Transportation is an international group which builds three-wheeled, wood bikes that are used in Third World countries by those who have lost the use of their legs.
The wooden wheeled bikes are built by volunteers and are free to the recipients. The bikes are constructed and painted before they are shipped to the destinations. The vehicles are powered by the driver by using their hands and “peddling.” This device allows the recipient the ability to be independent by traveling to various places and be self-sufficient. All materials and labor are donated by civic organizations, churches and volunteers. There are 16 sites where the vehicles are built and prepared for shipment around the world.
The Rev. Arthur Kuehn and his wife, Gladys, of Penn National Lions Club, recently spoke to the Smithsburg Lions Club. The Kuehns brought a model of the vehicle.
They showed the working parts and gave a demonstration on the capabilities of the wooden bike.
The Lions Club gave a donation for the purchase of a vehicle.
The Smithsburg Lions Club serves the surrounding communities.