Thursday, April 23, 2009

WA Soda Company Produces Own Power With Bikes

This story isn't really about transportation, but it does involve bikes and conserving energy.

Jones Soda Co. of Seattle took itself off the electricity grid for Earth Day, using cyclists to power lights, computers, printers and fax machines at its headquarters.

Employees and others at the soda pop company began pedaling at 5 a.m. Wednesday, taking turns on nine stationary bikes hooked up to batteries to store the energy.

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