News Solar bicyclists raise awareness for sustainable modes of transportation with long-distance cycling trip
Time to read: about 3 minutes Ed Myers proudly displays his two-seater solar bike at The Hub at Stanford Research Park on June 1, 2023. Photo by Emma Donelly-Higgins. Solar bicycling enthusiasts gathered at The Hub at Stanford Research Park on Thursday, June 1, in advance of the kick-off of a 615-mile-long journey the following morning.
Homemade bikes, which all featured solar panels, lined The Hub’s pavement. Several bikes were recumbent, meaning the rider cycles in a reclined position, and many included awnings to shade the cyclist while also providing a place for the solar panels to sit.
Roughly eight cyclists planned to complete the trip, first riding from Palo Alto up to San Francisco and then heading down to Los Angeles.
“Some are hobbyists with technical skills; some are high level engineers. Others are environmental activists (#bankontheclimate) who dream of bringing affordable transportation to the Third World. Others are entrepreneurs who see an interesting emerging market,” project organizer Oktay Ortabasi said in a speech at the event.
The expedition is part of The Sun Trip , a European-based solar biking organization, and follows in the footsteps of the first Sun Trip California, which took place last year and followed a shorter loop around the Bay Area.
Help sustain the local news you depend on.Program director for Research Park Jamie Jarvis heard about the trip around the Bay and invited the group to stop by the Hub this year.“It really […]