A local district council in Australia has come up with the innovative idea of using bicycle generated energy to power up electronic devices at its local libraries.
Eurobodalla Shire Council in New South Wales hopes to install bicycle energy generators at its Eurobodalla libraries in Batemans Bay and Narooma to allow its citizens to come in and charge up personal electronic devices such as mobile phones and computers by cycling on a stationary bicycle.
Manager for Community Connections at Eurobodalla Council, Deb Nolan, said library staff had noticed a growing need for people to charge their electronic devices at the libraries.
“The human powered generators will address this need. At the same time, they will champion a healthy and sustainable message.”
Eurobodalla Council are currently researching the best bikes to purchase for the bike energy generating project. It has received $2,000 for the project from Australia’s Local Government and Shires Associations’ (LGSA) Empowering Communities competition.