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NYers Help To Power New Year's Eve Ball By Pedaling On Citi Bikes

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If you've ever wanted to be a part of the Times Square New Year's Eve celebration, here's your chance to pedal your way into the action.

Through Monday, New Yorkers are invited to help generate power for the New Year's Eve Ball by pedaling on stationary Citi Bikes in Times Square.

The bikes are connected to batteries that will store the energy riders produce, which will then be transferred to the city's power grid, off-setting the ball's usage.

"We're generating power in a wonderful, sustainable way," said Jeffrey Straus, president of Countdown Entertainment. "It's a great message for the New Year."

"The ball has 30,000 LEDs and it requires 50,000 watts, and each of these batteries holds 500 watts," said Ed Skyler, vice president of public affairs for Citi. "So we're going to need a lot of pedaling over the next couple of days to light it up."

That pedaling is already well underway.

"It's great," said one participant. "I feel like I'm doing something for the city."

"The novelty of it and symbolism of it is pretty cool," said another.

The Citi Bike power station is open until 10 p.m. Saturday.

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