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Last Year's News: Music Concert in Bari Powered by Pedaling Spectators


There’s news I know about, news I like and news that pass me by. I’m really ashamed I didn’t see this when it came out, but at least I’m consoled my competitors didn’t see it either.

To be short, it’s about a concert of a band called “Tetes de Bois” (Wooden Heads) which took place in Bari, Italy, on September 15 last year. So far, so good. But that’s not all to it.

The most interesting fact is that the spectators didn’t only have to pay for their ticket, but to also be in good shape, or at least be able to pedal for the couple of hours they sat down on bikes and produced… electricity!

Yes, right, the electricity from the 128 spectators did power the sound system. While biking is the ultimate green transportation method, it’s also a life-improving sport and has an almost-zero-carbon footprint (if you consider human breathing as carbon-producing).

The band is very enthusiastic about green transportation and the concert had been named “Goodbike.”

Once again, the importance of this event is not in the quantitative realm, but it’s the significance of the gesture that matters.

As I’ve said it before, all hotels/gyms should implement such power-generating devices, not to mention that there could be competitions of who produces the most energy with their bike, with info shared on Facebook and so on… these are all good ideas for a better world, but ultimately someone’s got to put them all together in a doable form.

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