Occupy Wall Street Warms Up to Pedal Power [VIDEO]

Grassroots movement goes off-grid after power generators are seized by the city.
A volunteer does her part for the international movement. (Photo: screenshot)
Oct 31, 2011· 0 MIN READ
Originally from Baltimore, Oliver lives and writes on a quiet, tree-lined street in Brooklyn.

Occupy Wall Street just won’t take no for an answer.

Undeterred by last week’s surprise raid confiscating power generators and propane and gas tanks—suspiciously timed right before the first snowstorm of the season—protesters are now looking to their feet to power the movement.

“We’ve got five bike-powered generator systems that are coming from Boston and we’ve got five more plus other ones that are going to supplement as well, so we’re completely, completely off the grid,” said demonstrator Lauren Minis to CBS News.

According to cycling advocacy group Time’s Up!, the park will need 11 bike-powered generators to keep things up and running, costing a grand total of $8,000. The first five are already being built on location, with the others hopefully on the way.

As the Occupy movement continues to spread, some cities have begun to find creative ways of diffusing their momentum. In Nashville, the Republican governor recently enforced a midnight curfew, while in Denver police are citing a no-tents rule in public parks as they shower protesters with rubber bullets and pepper spray.

Still, with two-thirds of the country in favor of more evenly distributing the nation’s wealth, it’s unlikely the movement is going away any time soon.

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