Here is an idea for Anne Tolley to consider. It is great idea for low risk offenders in NZ. High risk offenders should just have this as part of their punishment.
The Greens should be all for this one!
Film lovers in the UK have already experienced screenings projected the environmentally friendly way with the pedal-poweredÂ Cycle-in Cinema. In Brazil, the Santa Rita do SapucaÃ prison has taken a similar approach in its attempts to produce green energy â€“ harnessing the pedal work of its inmates.
According toÂ reports, two exercise bikes have been placed in the courtyard of the penitentiary and are hooked up to batteries. Cyclistsâ€™ kinetic energy is converted into electricity which charges the battery and a device on the handlebars alerts the rider when itâ€™s time stop. The fully charged batteries are then taken into the city and used to power street lamps â€“ one dayâ€™s cycling can provide enough energy to run six light bulbs. On a mass scale, the countryâ€™s prisoners could be a source of alternative energy for illuminating a cityâ€™s worth of street lights. In order to incentivize use of the bikes, city judge JosÃ© Henrique Mallmann is waiving a day off the sentence of prisoners for every 16 hours pedalling they complete. The facility aims to install a further eight bikes following the success of the scheme.