Commend Use of Alternative Energy to Power New Year’s Eve Ball Drop

Target: Spokeswoman of Citi Bike, Elissa Gray

Goal: Commend New York City for powering the New Year’s Eve ball drop with alternative energy

New York City has generated energy, through bicycles, to power the ball drop in Times Square on New Year’s Eve. This alternative energy plan will ring in the year 2014. This movement starts the year off on a positive foot, emphasizing the power of alternative energy in a profound way.

Citi Bike, Manhattan’s bike share program, is sponsoring this movement. The generators consist of six stationary bikes set up on a prominent corner in Manhattan. People passing by can choose to hop on a bike and pedal to generate electricity, which will be stored in a 12-volt deep cycle battery. The idea is expected to produce approximately 75 watts of energy every hour. All of the energy will be transferred to Times Square in order to light the ball that finishes its decent at midnight on December 31.

The ball requires 50,000 watts of energy. This camaraderie will promote sustainability and human unity. It is a powerful movement that brings people together in order to do something very symbolic and incredible, all while promoting sustainable energy. Sign this petition to commend this bold statement.


Dear Elissa Gray,

I am writing to commend Citi Bike on its alternative energy plan for powering the ball drop in Times Square. Six stationary bikes, connected to a 12-volt battery, will generate the electricity necessary to bring in the year 2014. This is an excellent testament to New Yorkers coming together, at the end of another year, in order to accomplish an amazing task.

Citi Bike is a progressive program, bringing bikes to people in need of transportation as an alternative to fuel-based vehicles. This program is fitting for New Yorkers, and this human-powered ball drop is a strong way to bring in the New Year.

Thank you for helping pioneer this progressive movement. It is truly inspirational, and I look forward to all that Citi Bike has to offer the iconic city of New York.


[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: Joshua Mellin via Flickr

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