Day 271: Copenhagen hotel guests generate pedal power

1 10 2010

The Crowne Plaza hotel in Copenhagen certainly has a fantastic idea. The hotel’s guests help produce electricity for the building by riding stationary bikes. The energy produced by pedaling is stored in a battery, then is fed back into the hotel’s power supply. In exchange for their exercise, the hotel gives pedaling guests vouchers for free meals. Brilliant!

While I poked around on Google, I found the “Pedal-A-Watt Stationary Bicycle Generator.” According to their Web site:

“The Pedal-A-Watt bicycle stand keeps the user fit while creating power that may be used to power lights and/or other small appliances. Any bicycle that is in good shape will work with the Pedal-a-Watt Stand as the stand adjusts to fit any wheel size including children’s bikes. The average rider will produce between 125 and 300 watts using the Pedal-a-Watt.”

What a great idea. If I had to get my fat arse on a stationary trainer to generate power so I could watch TV, surf the web, watch a movie or play with my iPhone, think of the great shape I’d be in! I wouldn’t need Weight Watchers anymore! And I’m sure I’d be a million times more productive by not being glued to my “geek gadgets” 24/7. 🙂

Today’s food journal:

Breakfast:
— Whole wheat bagel thin = 1 point
— 1 Tbsp peanut butter = 2 points
— 1 banana = 1.5 points

Lunch:
— 2 soft black bean tacos (flour tortillas) = 6 points
— Iced tea = 0 points

Snack:
— Power Bar = 4 points

Dinner:
— Turkey sub sandwich = 9 points
— Iced tea = 0 points

Snack:
— Skinny Cow ice cream bar = 2 points

Life’s a journey. Enjoy the ride!

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