Trans-American Electric Bike Tour rolls into CALS April 30

Boris Mordkovich and Anna Mostovetsky are stopping in Madison on their Trans-American human-electric hybrid bike tour. They be speaking at noon on April 30 in 125 Biological Systems Engineering  (460 Henry Mall). This is a guest lecture for BSE/IES 367  Renewable Energy Systems, but all are welcome.

“The Trans-American Electric Bike Tour is a 4,000 mile journey from New York to San Francisco that will take place from the beginning of April to mid-June [see map]. The entire trip is self-supported, so it’s just us, two electric bicycles [see bikes], and all the equipment and gear we’ll need for our two-month journey,” according to the tour’s website.

“We want to meet more commuters, cycling enthusiasts, alternative transportation advocacy groups, and other fantastic individuals along the way to learn more about the transportation needs and issues across the country. We want to find out what’s preventing more people from cycling and how we can tip the scales in the other direction.

“Along the way, we’ll be stopping in about 25 cities and doing talks and presentations about electric bikes in many of them.

The talk on campus will focus on:

  • Is traveling Coast to Coast on $20 of energy possible?
  • If the electric bikes are hugely popular in Asia and Europe for transportation, why the U.S. is lagging behind.
  • Why electric bikes are so important to the overall mix of alternative transportation.
  • Myths and misconceptions about electric bikes and electric transportation

Contact: Doug Reinemann, djreinem@wiscedu, for info on the April 30 presentation.