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Release Date: Dec 28, 2013

New York will "ride in" the New Year when Times Square visitors help power the Times Square New Year’s Eve Ball by using stationary Citi Bike bicycles to generate kinetic energy that will be collected and stored in batteries until it is transferred to the New York City power grid. 

Kicking off the Citi Bike Pedal Power Station will be Times Square New Year’s Eve event co-organizers, Tim Tompkins, President of Times Square Alliance and Jeffrey Straus, President of Countdown Entertainment, The Official Host of Times Square New Year’s Eve Allison Hagendorf and Citi Executive Vice President for Global Public Affairs Edward Skyler at the Citi Bike Pedal Power Station on 7th Ave and 42nd St on December 28th at 1:00 pm.

Officials will be on hand for interviews and that there will be an opportunity to film/photo riders using Citi Bikes to generate energy to help power the ball.

From December 28-30, six Citi Bikes at the Citi Bike Pedal Power Station will be connected to 12-volt deep cycle batteries. Each bike is expected to generate an average of 75 watts per hour.  At 11,875 pounds, The Times Square New Year’s Eve Ball is lit by more than 30,000 LEDs. 

DATE:  Saturday, December 28, 2013

TIME:  1:00 pm EST

PLACE: Citi Bike Pedal Power Station on 7th Ave and 42nd St

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