Apr 28, 2010

Science Scene - Pedal Power

Bored guests at a certain Crowne Plaza hotel can now skip the pricey mini-bar and hop on an exercise bike, generate some electricity, and earn some meal vouchers. The hotel in Copenhagen started the free meal idea as a way to boost guests' fitness and shrink their carbon footprint, according to the BBC.

The bikes are hooked up to generators that require guests of average fitness to pedal for about 15 minutes to create 10 watt-hours of electricity. iPhones attached to the handlebars display the amount of power being generated.

Hitting the 15-minute mark earns lucky exercisers a $36 meal voucher, and that's presumably on a repeatable reward system. But a hotel spokeswoman said that she doubted people would exploit the initiative for free meals. Oh, Denmark ... not that we're frowning on the highly generous offer.

No restaurant in the US could stay in business doing this, basically, our country will do anything to get things for free. Guess the price of power in Denmark is a lot higher than here. $154/hour, not a bad gig if you can get it.



  1. You are right about that!! I'd even rent myself out to hotel guest so that they could 'earn' whatever perks as I ride, for a small fee of course!

  2. I don't know..."green guilt" is pretty powerful now among progressive-thinking people.

  3. If Stan and I ever make it to Denmark, I guess you know where we would stay. I don't know that we would earn enough to make the meals free each day, but we would give it a try!


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