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Mecklenburg County Welcomes New Solar / Human Powered ELF Bicycle On Multi-State Trip
Posted on:  7/16/2013  by Blog Admin

This Thursday through Saturday, July 18-20, Mark Stewart (pictured on the left) will pass through Mecklenburg County as he rides/drives his new solar powered ELF bicycle from Durham, NC to Cambridge, MA. He plans to arrive in Clarksville on Thursday afternoon, ride from Clarksville to South Hill on Friday along the Tobacco Heritage Trail, and then depart South Hill heading north on Saturday. We'll cover his progress on our Facebook page - check back there soon! Below is Mark's projected path through the county - blue is on-road and green is on-trail. ECG Path Through Mecklenburg

The Tobacco Heritage Trail acts as an integral part of the developing East Coast Greenway (ECG), a biking / hiking / horseback riding trail that spans from Key West, Florida up to the Canadian border.  The Tobacco Heritage Trail also serves as a crossroads to another developing trail, the proposed Beaches to Bluegrass multi-purpose trail that flows across Southern Virginia from the ocean to the mountains.

Following is a press release about Mark's journey:

Pedaling to Massachusetts with a Solar Boost 

Mark Stewart, an East Coast Greenway Alliance donor from Cambridge, MA, just flew to Durham, NC, for the beginning of something big. Starting Thursday, he plans to ride an ELF over 1,000 miles back to his home in New England. 

What's an ELF? It's a three-wheeled pedal- and solar-powered vehicle made in Durham by Organic Transit, a company planning to revolutionize how people get around in cities all over the world. The ride will promote an emerging national treasure, the East Coast Greenway (ECG), which he plans to take for the trip. The East Coast Greenway Alliance is developing a 2,900-mile route from Key West to Canada for safe biking and walking for people of all ages. The route is already 29% off-road greenway and that percentage grows every year. 

East Coast Greenway

See http://www.greenway.org for details on the route and Mark's ride - and his blog: http://orasfarasiget.com/

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