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Stroke of Genius

Quite often my ideas for CycleStyle come about when I’m cycling on my bike (while keeping my attention on the traffic, of course). In fact, the whole idea for opening CycleStyle came to me while I was riding on my bike.

I’m sure everyone has these sort of light-bulb moments, whether they’re riding or not. Now the National Stroke Foundation is holding an online competition inviting Australians to share their bright ideas called Stroke of Genius.

The ideas need not be ground-breaking or have the potential to change the world, but they all recognise the creative ability of the brain. The public will vote to determine Australia’s favourite Stroke of Genius idea and every vote made requires a $1 donation to support the National Stroke Foundation. There’s also a Judges Choice award and a weekly prize for the best Stroke of Genius idea for the week.

So far, my favourite bike-related Stroke of Genius is gyms linked the powergrid.

Gym equipment such as spin bikes and running machines could be hooked up to contribute energy to the electricity grid. A feed-in tariff is a premium rate paid for electricity fed back into the electricity grid from a electricity generation source such as a rooftop solar PV system or wind turbine – or gym equipment! Gyms and their clients could share profits while contributing to energy efficiency.

Although this celebrity Stroke of Genius from radio personalities Ant and Becks made me laugh:

Australia, no longer can we mock our muffin topped cousins from the US, we are getting fatter faster than you can say ‘drive through’ and we think we’ve got a solution! It’s not WHAT we are eating that’s the problem – it’s the exercise we’re not doing. Let’s face it, a thousand years ago it didn’t matter what you ate because straight after lunch you were back hunting down dinner. And we think we’ve got the solution…. Our new Pedal Powered Vending Machines (patent pending) will force the hungrier of the species to sweat for their Snickers! Australia, ditch the drive through and cycle your way to guilt free, waist-line neutral snacks today!

Both of them get my vote!

The winner of the Popular Choice award will receive a 7 night holiday for 2 staying at the Indigo Pearl resort in Phuket (drool),  the Judges Choice winner wins an Apple Macbook Pro and weekly winners receive a Nintendo DSi Console and the game ‘Dr Kawashima’s Brain Training’.

Winners will be announced 1 August, so get your thinking caps on!

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