City of Rockingham hosting pedal-powered screening of Toy Story


Jason Thwaites with Mayor Barry Sammels.
Jason Thwaites with Mayor Barry Sammels.

CITY of Rockingham is hosting an Outdoor Cinema screening of Toy Story with a twist.

It is free but in order to watch the film moviegoers will need to warm power the film themselves on stationery bicycle electric generators.

Known as Pedal Powered Pop-Up Cinema (PPPC), the bikes were made by medical physicist Jonathon Thwaites.

Affectionately referring to them as ‘sustainable toys’, Mr Thwaites made the bikes from collected items at household kerbside collections.

“I made them to demonstrate renewable energy and sustainable concepts,” he said.

“Many of the bikes use the motors from Fisher and Paykel washing machines as the generator.

“Making it an interactive experience makes the event memorable and fun for the participants.”

He said he did not make the bikes for profit although they take a significant amount of his time to build.

Giving a demonstration along with Mayor Barry Sammels was Mr Thwaites brother, Jason.

“The kids just love it; we have had events where we gave them a free smoothie made in a blender powered by the bikes,” Jason said.

“They fill up on the smoothie then they just want to keep on riding.”

The event will be on from 6pm-9pm, Friday, October 27 at Wilson Park (next to the Safety Bay Library, Safety Bay Road).

It is suitable for children , adults and seniors.

For more information contact the City on 9528 0333 or customer@rockingham.wa.gov.au.

To find out more or hire the bikes email jonathon.thwaites@uwa.edu.au or visit http://medicalandscientificservices.com.au.

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