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

  1. Mike Rogers on May 3rd, 2013 11:32 am

    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/

  2. Matt on May 6th, 2013 1:32 pm

    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.

  3. Lena on May 11th, 2013 12:56 pm

    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/