Pedal in 2014

Monday 30th December 2013

New York City is looking to kick off the new year with a sustainable theme. The lights on the famous New Year’s Eve ball drop in Time Square, Manhattan, will be powered by several riders on a group of stationary Citi Bikes.

Citi Bike is New York's bike sharing system, providing New Yorkers and visitors with the option of getting around the city using pedal power, which is fun, efficient, convenient and sustainable.

The Times Square Alliance and New York City Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan announced the scheme and they are seeking volunteers to provide the muscle action for the six bikes - thereby supplying the electricity for the 2,688 Waterford crystal panels which make up the ball and the more than 30,000 LEDs.

It will not be the last minutes of 2013 that will provide the energy, that wouldn’t be enough. The energy generation started over the weekend - from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday, Sunday and today - with storage into 12-volt batteries connected to the bikes.

The “Pedal Power Station,” located at 42nd Street and Seventh Avenue, has a power meter showing how much energy has been generated.

So pedal in the new year in New York - although time is running out to do your bit, you’ll just have to enjoy the efforts of others as the ball drops.

A previous Times Square Ball by SimonPix [CC-BY-2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Categories: General, Renewable, Reviews, Technology

Monday 30th December 2013

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