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.’
Simon joined road.cc as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.