SEEN IN VANCOUVER #442: Pedal Power Coming Soon To Strathcona’s “Wilder Snail”

The other day I noticed that one of my neighbourhood’s cafes – The Wilder Snail (799 Keefer at Hawks) – had removed one of its tables and installed a pair of what appeared to be highly specialized stationary exer-cycles in its place, presumably to keep some of our more active coffee-sipping neighbours in the shape to which they’ve grown accustomed. But word has it that the bikes are in fact a collaborative work in progress by proprietor Boyd Thomson and the inspired engineers out at eatART. Before they’re completed, each “bike” will be outfitted with a pedal-powered outlet so those looking to charge laptops or cell-phones will thereafter be able to generate their own off-grid electricity. How awesome is that? Expect to see the project finished and generating more than just buzz at some point this summer.

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  • http://eatart.org Mike Rogers

    Hey thanks for sharing the stools! The build team will be having an official reveal and open house to introduce the “gSnails” to Strathcona on May 11th – make sure to stop by!
    https://www.facebook.com/events/512188375511525/

  • Matt

    Great Idea, though they should power the electrial outlets. That way when people sit using their labtops all day they have pedal to get juice.

  • http://vancouver.makerfaire.ca/ Lena

    Way to combine exercise, design and environmental sensitivity. To see more by eatART and the gSnails, check out Maker Faire June 1-2: http://vancouver.makerfaire.ca/2013-makers-2/