Occupy: Pedal for Power

New York City (US)



Back in November New York’s fire brigade confiscated all of the gas (or bio-diesel) generators from Occupy Wall Street protesters in Zuccotti Park. Apparently the Fire Chief cites the generators as a fire hazard.

Instead of going without, the movement received help from a neighboring protest group in Boston. Bicycle power replaces the missing generators as volunteers pedal to produce electricity.

Students from MIT plied their technical skills to help design multiple charging stations that can be used by the community. It won’t be enough to provide heat for the ongoing occupiers, but it does let them charge their electronic devices which helps ensure that current information is still flowing out of this epicenter of activity.

Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=5KFpwAgVJuk#!

Project: Bike generators

Superused: Bikes and a lot of other stuff

Location: Boston and New York

Text is copied and edited: http://hackaday.com/2011/11/02/occupy-rigs-up-human-power-after-generators-are-confiscated/

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