First it was LED lighting, now one local group is promoting "PED" lighting.
Island residents and visitors from near and far are invited to join Bike Newport as they illuminate a tree at Bowen's Wharf using a pair of specially designed "Jingle Bikes."
Using nothing but pedal power, the tree will come alive for the holidays – and remain lit as long as someone remains in the saddle.
The installation is open to the public daily from 5 - 7 p.m. until Jan. 1.
The stationary bikes power a set of surprisingly strong generators, which were purchased by Bike Newport through a donation by People's Credit Union.
According to the group, they plan on using similar set-ups at other events throughout the year, powering everything from cell phone chargers to smoothie makers.
Also making the installation possible were donations from Newport Bicycle and Bowen's Wharf. For more information, contact Bike Newport at (401) 324-9690.