Ever biked 4,000 miles? Here's three rad bikers who made up their minds to bike coast-to-coast across the United States (one of them is Ecochella founder Rachel Woods-Robinson!). Here's why they did it, how they did it, and a few things they brought in their bike bags:
Rad Bikers #1 and #2: Rachel Woods-Robinson and Elizabeth Case
Why bike from San Francisco to New York City?
Rachel and Elizabeth met at UCLA, where they bonded over a mutual love for physics and bikes. After graduating, they co-founded Cycle For Science. Their mission: to bike across the United States while also teaching science classes about solar power along the way. Through their creative lesson plans and inspiring journey, the two bikers hope to get students excited about science and encourage young women to pursue STEM careers. To read more details about their journey click here.
How did they do it?
Their route was approximately 3,800 miles and took about three months! Here's the state-by-state itinerary:
CA → OR → ID → WY → SD → NE → IA → IL → IN → OH → PA → MD → DC → DE → NJ → NY
What was in their bike bags?
- Tent: it was a rugged trip!— they either camped or crashed on friends' couches
- Water: they had to pack their own water through stretches of deserted landscapes for hundreds of miles at a time
- Sol Cycles: little 3-D printed, solar-powered bicycles that they used in their classroom lessons to teach kids about solar power. (They designed and printed these themselves!)
Rad Biker #3: Rob Greenfield
Why bike across the U.S.?
When Rob woke up to the huge environmental problems our world faces, he set out to live as sustainably as possible—and oh yeah, he did it while biking across the country. He says that he embarked on his journey to learn how all of his little daily actions affect the earth. On his journey, he tried to leave a minuscule environmental footprint all while having a ridiculous amount of fun.
How on earth did he do it?
His mission: bike across the United States on a bamboo bike, using only water from natural sources, avoiding fossil fuels almost completely, carrying solar panels to create his own electricity, and creating almost no trash.
His final stats over 1 year are pretty impressive:
- 4,700 miles biked!
- only 160 gallons of water used
- less than 1 gallon of gas burned
- only 2 pounds of trash generated
- 300 pounds of food dumpster-dived
Want to see Rob in action? Here's a Youtube video where Rob Greenfield shows you clips from his journey and some of the shenanigans that happened along the way.