Off the Grid energy
Energy is a valuable resource that is consumed on a daily basis. Local energy infrastructure, such as gas and power lines, are vulnerable to being harmed in the case of a natural disaster. In light of this vulnerability, the NeighbourHub produces energy from one of Vancouver’s defining attributes: A strong cycling culture. Two sides of the NeighbourHub engage the public through stationary bike generators where passersby can dock their bicycles. These docking stations use human kinetic energy to produce electricity that is stored within 12 volt batteries inside the structure. Individuals will be invited to back their bike into the structure and pedal to generate power. A small LED display will indicate in realtime how much energy they are generating, turning the activity into an entertaining game. The LED indicator will foster a sense of responsibility as individuals are reminded that energy is a finite resource connected to their actions.