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  • CitiBike NYC racks in Manhattan, by Margaret Bedore (CC 3.0)

    Never let it be said that New York City doesn't get everything it can out of its 50 million-plus tourist visitors each year. In this case, it's pedal-powered energy to offset the roughly 50 kilowatt-hours of electricity consumed by the famous lighted ball that drops to signal the New Year. Times Square, site of the famous ball drop that ushers in the New Year, has now been outfitted with a rack of six stationary Citi Bikes that visitors (and residents) can pedal to charge batteries. The bikes are propped up on dynamometers that can generate about 75 Watts. According to a member of the...

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