Pedal bicycles to help power Times Square New Year’s Eve ball
NEW YORK -- Times Square Alliance President Tim Tompkins, Countdown Entertainment President Jeffrey A. Straus, Citi Executive V.P. for Global Public Affairs Edward Skyler and New York City Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan have announced that New Yorkers and visitors took advantage of an opportunity to help power the Times Square New Year's Eve Ball Drop using stationary Citi Bike bicycles. From December 28 to 30, a Citi Bike Pedal Power Station at 7th Avenue and 42nd Street featured six bicycles that people were invited to ride to generate kinetic energy that was collected and stored in batteries. That energy will be transferred to the New York City power grid to offset the energy needed to light the New Year's Eve Ball.
The six bikes at the Citi Bike Pedal Power Station were connected to 12-volt deep cycle batteries. Each bike was expected to generate an average of 75 W/hr. The Times Square New Year's Eve Ball is lit by more than 30,000 LEDs. Throughout the three-day event, a power meter at the Citi Bike Pedal Power Station showed how much energy had been generated.