Communities Gather Around Generators in New York: Bicycle-Generated Electricity Creates Spontaneous Communities
The Epoch Times
October 31, 2012
By Zachary Stieber
Lower East Side communities, still working toward normalcy after Hurricane Sandy, gathered in pockets around generators on Wednesday.
With power still out during the day from the southern tip to 27th Street of Manhattan, businesses hooked up generators and residents whipped out power strips so phones and other devices could be charged.
“Everybody needs a phone,” said Eric Baker, who is staying at a friend’s house on Avenue B.
Baker and dozens of others crowded around a generator and a jumble of snaking power strips, phones, and phone chargers.
Bicycle-Generated Electricity Creates Spontaneous Communities
Two blocks east another group gathered around a generator—this one powered by a bicycle instead of gas.
The tandem bicycle was pedaled by teams of two for around five minutes each. The electricity surged from the pedals through cords and an adapter. It was good enough to power more than a dozen phones.
“It’s actually pretty cool,” said Janice Amador. “It’s a great workout.”