You can help power the Times Square New Year's Eve ball—sort of

Energy to light the massive ball, illuminated with more than 30,000 LEDs, will be produced by people riding Citi Bikes in Times Square

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New Year's Eve in Times Square

New Year's Eve in Times Square Photograph: Countdown Entertainment

Well, here's a thing: Citi Bike and the Times Square Alliance have partnered to make it possible for New Yorkers (or, more likely, out-of-towners in the city for the holidays) to power the gigantic ball used during midtown's New Year's Eve festivities. Beginning Saturday, December 28, six of the bulky blue bikes will be synced up with several 12-volt batteries; electricity generated by people pedaling  the bikes will power the 30,000 LEDs of the New Year's Eve ball. So if you happen to find yourself in Times Square in the next few days, you can take a look, or hop on a bike yourself. It's probably about as close as you should get to the main event anyway.



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