23 December 2008

Ball Dropping and Package Delivery

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They're dropping the ball in NYC. But it's a good thing. The ball that drops on Times Square at midnight on New Years will be powered by people. There is a 'power lodge' in place and it's attached to bicycles. People can pedal for a time and help charge the batteries that will power the ball droppingness.

230 hours of pedalling are required to generate the power needed for the 10-15 minute duration. On December 17th, there was 95 hours collected, about 35% of the total. Here's hoping more people will get out and pedal.

We posted previously about the christmas tree in Hyde Park using human-powered goodness to light up.

Thanks to Lynn for the link. Read the article on Reuters.

In other Stateside news:

UPS has started enlisting the help of bicycles and trailers to deliver packages.
"The company estimates that for every three bikes deployed during peak season on the West coast, it will save around 17 gallons of fuel per day and about $38,000 dollars in vehicle maintenance costs."
You can read about this initative here. Thanks to Toby for the link.

8 comments:

Peter said...

Snowmobikes? blah. Snowmobiles are one of the worst polluters out there.

Anonymous said...

What's to stop a thief stealing a couple of packages from the trailer?

bloodline said...

what's to stop a thief ever, ups trucks are not secure in cities at stops ever....personal integrity. jand it would be real simple to outlaw snowmobiles and then only outlaws would have snow machines, not much of a difference in my bike when i lived in wisconsin the snowmobile was a vehicle of choice for pub crawling in the country...just what we need drunken outlaws on really fast machines polluting the environment....sorry if i dampened anyones holiday cheer , i blame peter

Mikael said...

what's to stop a thief from mugging a postman?

here in Denmark you walk past postal bikes parked outside of blocks of flats every day of the week. Loaded with 100 kg of post and packages. The postmen and women are running up stairs and gone for a good 5-10 minutes at a time. But there isn't a problem with people nicking anything.

RJ said...

Seeing something super cool on Copenhagenize is normal. Seeing something super cool that's HAPPENING IN THE U.S. on Copenhagenize just blows my mind.

I like it.

I hope we can keep it up.

JepLeas said...

Here is another UPS Bike story with video:
http://pacificpedalling.com/2008/12/22/video-ups-deliveries-by-bike-in-salemkeizer-oregon/

bikecity said...

auguri a tutti,e mi raccomando non permettete che le feste natalizie fermino le ruote della vs bicicletta, tempo permettendo, nei giorni festivi a Roma, come in ogni altra città, si allenta la morsa del traffico e si pedala con piu' serenita.

24hour package delivery philippines said...

"The company estimates that for every three bikes deployed during peak season on the West coast, it will save around 17 gallons of fuel per day and about $38,000 dollars in vehicle maintenance costs." Wow! this is great,thanks for this entry.

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