by Allen J. Sheinman | June 01, 2010

At the Crowne Plaza Copenhagen Towers, guests help support the property by their patronage, of course, but they also provide some of the hotel's electricity, thanks to an innovative program that puts pedal power to work.

The 366-room hotel, not far from the center of the Danish capital city, has installed two exercise bicycles hooked up to generators. Fitness-minded guests are invited to pedal away, under the proviso that if they generate 10 watts or more of electricity for the property (as monitored by an iPhone attached to the handlebars), they will be treated to a complimentary meal made exclusively from locally produced ingredients.

The Crowne Plaza Copenhagen Tow­ers opened late last year with 3,500 square feet of event space (for up to 800 attendees) and is considered a C02-neutral property, thanks to a host of eco-friendly features such as its 2,400-solar-panel façade, low-energy lighting, and a groundwater-based cooling and heating system. If the program goes well, the bikes will be offered at other Crowne Plaza properties in Europe.