Cyclists in London have a new way of getting into the festive spirit this year – by helping power Christmas tree lights on the South Bank outside the Royal Festival Hall.
The initiative comes from Electric Pedals – they’re the people who put together a pedal-powered power station for the BBC One programme Bang Goes The Theory three years ago, and who provide power for festival stages, cinema screenings and theatre shows and a variety of other applications, including educating people about power wastage.
For its latest initiative, Electric Pedals teamed up with Vivid Design Works, who put together the festive-themed installation, staff from both putting in a lot of hours and hard work to pull it off. The bicycles, meanwhile, were supplied by Rutland Cycling.
There are two trees strung with LED lights, and ten sets of pedals to power them with, including BMX bikes for kids to ride and hand cycles for the less able-bodied.
There’s a Facebook album of photos of the Southbank Centre Pedal Powered Christmas Trees, so if you go along to help out, remember to tag any pictures with ‘Electric Pedals.’
Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.