Hotel to guests: Pedal for electricity, get a voucher

The Crowne Plaza Copenhagen Towers is offering a radically cool eco initiative--possibly the first in the world--by letting guests pedal away on exercise bikes for their meals.

Crowne Plaza Copenhagen Towers
Ready to pedal? It will knock down your vacation tab. Crowne Plaza Copenhagen Towers

Talk about killing two birds with one stone. Those who happen to be stranded in Copenhagen by the ash clouds from Iceland's spewing volcano can check out the Crowne Plaza Copenhagen Towers--if there are still available rooms, that is.

The 366-room Danish hotel, located five minutes from Copenhagen International Airport, is offering a radically cool eco initiative--possibly the first in the world--by letting guests pedal away on exercise bikes for a free meal. This not only provides a good workout, it helps reduce hotel guests' carbon footprint.

Two stationary bicycles are hooked up to generators, with an iPhone attached to the handlebar to display the wattage. Guests willing to sweat it out to deliver 10 watt hours of power score a meal worth about 240 Danish crowns ($44) in the hotel's restaurant or lobby bar. Not half bad for doing your part for the environment.

The "Cycle for Your Supper" program, which kicked off Monday for hotel guests only, will run for a year, and word is that if it's successful, we could see the eco initiative rolled out across the U.K. and possibly even internationally.

One does wonder, though, whether the deal will get suspended when teams of superfit cyclers descend on Copenhagen for the UCI BMX Supercross World Cup 2010 come May.

(Source: Crave Asia)

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