Anyone whos travelled by plane understands that strange, empty feeling you get when you’re killing time in the airport before your flight. You quickly run out of things to look at on your phone (or the fucken thing dies) and you donâ€™t want to stray too far from the gate in case the plane sneaks off without you, so youâ€™re stuck in a scratchy chair with nothing but your thoughts, which, undistracted by the endless scrolling of theÂ Bad Blue Website, are straying dangerously close to â€œmaybe I should open a whiskey bar.â€œ
Brisbane International AirportÂ is obviously aware of this sinister phenomenon, as theyâ€™ve gone ahead and filled their terminal with phone-charging stationary bike kiosks. Yep, they are exactly what they sound like: you sit on a (comfy, minimalist) gym bike attached to a counter with power outlets, and if you pedal hard enough, you can charge your phone.
TheÂ ChargeBikesÂ stations (â€¦thatâ€™s the name youâ€™re going with? Okay) are sustainably made by aÂ BelgianÂ company, and seem to be a novel way of combating the dead periods endemic to airports. Now, you can get some cardio in before you undo it all withÂ two weeks straight of an all-ramen diet.
The kiosks are free to use, andÂ Clint Harvey, the business development manager atÂ Brisbane Airport Corporation, said that he got the idea to install them after seeing similar setups in European airports and train stations, telling theÂ ABC:
“The concept started in Belgium and France and we thought it would make a unique experience for the airport and wanted to be the first in Australia to do it.â€œ
The bikes are currently in the check-in area of the international terminal if youâ€™re keen to get some spins in, and there are plans to expand to domestic departures as well. No more obsessing over air accident stats before you climb aboard: just pedalling full tilt towards your next tweet.