One of the byproducts of sitting on the Regional Transportation Commission's Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee is a growing awareness of pedestrian issues. It's not like I only bicycle from place to place. I have been known to walk as well.
This innovation certainly caught my attention then because it does seem like a perfectly logical way of capturing kinetic energy in the future. My next thought was, what would happen if they did this for bike lanes?
THE PROBLEM: WALKING SQUANDERS ENERGY.Of course, the image above couldn't help but remind me of somebody else who seemed to create energy on a sidewalk.
THE SOLUTION: TURN SIDEWALKS INTO POWER PLANTS.
Britain’s PaveGen has created sidewalk tiles that convert the kinetic energy of pedestrians’ footfalls into power that can be stored or used immediately to run things like streetlights, and is now installing them in high-traffic areas of London in advance of the 2012 Olympic Games. The tiles won’t generate enough energy to juice the Olympic stadium, but they’re a step in the right direction (especially if PaveGen puts them in Usain Bolt’s track lane).