"Cycle for Your Supper" at Denmark's Crowne Plaza
A Crowne Plaza in Denmark has installed two exercise bikes for guests to hop on and generate electricity. Pedal pushers who go the distance will receive a free meal at the hotel's restaurant.
Reuters reported the 366-room Crowne Plaza Copenhagen Towers, just 15 minutes from the capital and five minutes from Scandinavia's main airport, will allow guests to race against the hotel's solar panel system starting in June. Guests will be able to monitor how much electricity they are producing via screens mounted on the handlebars.
"Anyone producing 10 watt hours of electricity or more for the hotel will be given a locally produced complimentary meal encouraging guests to not only get fit but also reduce their carbon footprint and save electricity and money," reads a statement from the hotel. It is estimated that one guest cycling around 19 miles per hour for 60 minutes will produce approximately 100 watt hours of electricity.
The value of the meal is about 250 Danish crowns, or $44. Hotel spokeswoman Frederike Tommergaard told Reuters the free meal offer applies only to paying guests, not passers-by.
Crowne Plaza, part of InterContinental Hotels Group, plans to test the "Cycle for Your Supper" program for a year before possibly expanding the program to more hotels.
The Crowne Plaza Copenhagen Towers has an ambitious goal to become carbon neutral. A member of the UN Global Compact, the hotel has EU Green Building and Green Key certification. According to Travel Mole, the hotel also has the first groundwater-based cooling and heating system in Denmark, uses low energy lighting and hand dryers, and features the largest solar panel park in Northern Europe to be integrated into a building.