Exercise for All: NYC Bike Share Program to Power Times Square Ball Drop

New York Times Square Ball Drop From Above

New York Times Square Ball Drop From Above

If any New Yorkers are resolving to exercise in the New Year, here’s an opportunity for them to put that promised sweat to a good cause. Their athletic abilities will power tonight’s New Year’s Eve ball drop in Times Square.

The city’s new Citi Bike bike share program has set up a stationary bike generator and invited New Yorkers to peddle up the energy that will power the ball drop. Energy generated will be stored in batteries, then used to power the ball’s 30,000 LED lights.

In a press release, Citi’s EVP of Global Public Affairs Edward Skyler celebrated the bike share program’s role in the city:

After propelling themselves more than 11 million miles over the last seven months, Citi Bike riders will now have a chance to help propel New York City and the world into the new year.”

The event will require 50,000 watts of electricity, so New York better peddle hard!

Featured image by Anthony Quintano
via TreeHugger

Leora Rosenberg

By Leora Rosenberg

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