Cyclists producing electricity with pedal power

By Andrew Freiden - bio | email
Posted by Phil Riggan - email

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) – Do you want to create your own electricity? If you're willing to pedal hard enough, there's an event this weekend just for you.

It all about pedal power! Ethan Seltzer came up with this event to combine two of his passions.  Cycling and conserving energy.

"Just a little fun time where we can talk about some little things you can do to make some lifestyle changes and save energy," he said.

He wants to encourage energy conservation without being too preachy -- so he figured he'd start a competition.

Teams of two will pedal for 30 minutes.  As the tire turns, it spins a wheel, creating electricity -- who ever creates the most, wins!

I tried it myself.  Ethan says even with all this sweat... I'll still only be able to produce 75-100 watts -- just enough to power one incandescent bulb.

"It takes a lot out of you and I think that's important for people to see so they go, you know what?  Maybe I should turn off that light... Or screw in a CFL," Seltzer said. "And if everyone in the country did that, millions of kilowatt hours will be saved."

Spencer Ingram is making an ever bigger change -- getting rid of his car at this event.

"I'm trading in a 1983 Mercury Tracer, he said. And the book value on that car? "Less than this bike."

His new Madsen bike will be his main source of transportation -- taking energy conservation to a new level.

If you'd like to take part, you can add your legs to the mix.  This Saturday, you can see how much power your body can generate.

The power created this weekend will be also be used to cook breakfast for the cyclists... Since every power plant needs fuel.

Pedal Power 2010

What:  Pedal Power 2010 - Richmond's team cycling competition for energy sustainability

When:   Saturday, March 20, 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Where:  Endorphin Fitness, 8910 Patterson Avenue

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