Pedal power project proposed for town

PUBLISHED: 10:27 08 September 2014 | UPDATED: 10:27 08 September 2014

P8485-10-10AW Holiday Guide 2010 pics, Exmouth promenade. Pic by Alex Walton

P8485-10-10AW Holiday Guide 2010 pics, Exmouth promenade. Pic by Alex Walton

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Visitors to the seafront could soon be generating their own power following proposals for electricity-producing bikes on The Esplanade.

Town hall bosses this week revealed that they had joined forces with the district council for the ‘dynamo bikes’ project.

The idea is for a series of stationary bikes to be placed on the seafront for public use, and then the pedal power would produce a charge.

However, the energy produced is unlikely to be enough to power anything significant like the festoons.

But it could be enough to generate an electrical display on the bike, similar to a gym bike, possibly allowing the user to take advantage of an electronic display including cycling games.

Although a district council spokesman said that project was in its early stages, Mayor Bill Nash confirmed this week that they had been looking for possible sites.

At the council meeting he said that they had looked at possible sites between The Harbour View Café and the clock tower.

He added: “Progress was made – we think we have found a location along the front on the grass, which is now being investigated.”

A likely spot could be the green area opposite the bowling alley.

Town clerk Lisa Bowman added that the project was the latest phase of a series of town improvements paid for using developer contributions.

A public vote has so far led to an outdoor gym and showers, refits of Phear Park’s skate park and tennis courts, the creation of several games areas and two outdoor gyms.

She added: “As time has progressed, and many of the original projects have been crossed off the list, so the town council has added the dynamo bikes to the list.”

What do you think of the idea of using pedal power to produce energy in Exmouth? Email david.beasley@archant.co.uk

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