Gallery: How Citi Bikes Could Be Used to Generate Pedal-Powered Energy ...

In addition to powering up Citi Bike stations themselves, pedal-powered generators could also come in handy during blackouts (something we've been worrying about quite a bit in NYC these days). If Citi Bike docks were outfitted with pedal-powered charging equipment, it's possible that people could use them to charge phones, medical equipment, computers, radios or lights in times of emergency. Of course, we'd also have to make sure that the generators themselves - which sit on the ground - are sealed up tightly enough to keep water out.

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  1. brooks June 26, 2013 at 11:59 am

    The power from people could help run the electronic Citi Bike racks and act as a remote power station for electronics during power outages. http://www.ASEpower.com

  2. 1crazyfox June 26, 2013 at 9:52 am

    Homeless are ofttimes unhealthy due to high stress, lack of medical care and proper nutrition. It takes a tool on a body and mind quickly-and I am speaking of those that are not addicted to alcohol and drugs-they fare much worse. But having said that, at first glance the idea of making bikes available for charging phones, etc, sounds like a plan~