Trailcenter Green

A trail center that produces its own electricity. All the energy required for the facility will be produced entirely from its own muscle power

Written BY


A trail center that produces its own electricity. All of the energy required for the facility is to be produced entirely from the visitors' own muscle power. A display board shows how much energy has already been stored and whether the target value for the day has been reached.


A Trailcenter Green, which gives the community the opportunity to actively produce electricity, could increase ecological awareness and motivate visitors to actively think about the environment.


The idea would be to use special bicycles equipped with generators that store the energy generated in batteries when riding. There are already approaches to this vision. The company "Hans Free Electric" sells its exercise bikes to India, for example, where families can charge their daily electricity needs in a 12-volt battery within 60 minutes. The same principle can also be found in the increasingly popular bicycle cinemas. Another approach could be a friction-based system that generates energy from the friction between the tires and the ground of the trail center.


Steps and stairs: indispensable elements in path construction

Steps and stairs in path construction: The right choice for sustainable erosion control and path maintenance. Find out why material selection and planning are crucial.

Hiking trails: Unnoticed treasures or ticking time bombs?

Sustainable hiking trails: The success factors - regular maintenance, precise manual work and effective teamwork.

The fine balance: trail construction vs. trail maintenance from the perspective of trail construction

Trail building and nature conservation: creating and maintaining paths for a sustainable community

Inclusion, yes please. The modular pump track for all roles

It is much more important that EVERYONE can play and laugh together, whether with or without a handicap.

Cities must be made more bicycle-friendly

We also need more and better framework conditions for recreational cycling and cycling education.

Wildlife and sport – did they get along better in the past?

More people are mountain biking. That also means more people are spending time in nature - so we need to address that.

Are we too comfortable to adjust our behavior in our free time?

There are so many little things that have to change at the same time for the big change to happen.

How much microplastic is produced by our tires?

Microplastics have been found in every lake examined in Switzerland and on glaciers - it is everywhere.

Climate Impact on Cycling – a summary by Darco

The point is that the fundamental systems that support life are undergoing drastic changes.

Do we really want nature?

But do we really want to experience authentic, untouched and wild nature? Or are we just looking for something that feels like that?