Teen bikes to D.C. to boost electric cars

July 20, 2008 at 1:41 AM
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WASHINGTON, July 20 (UPI) -- A Minnesota teenager bicycled 1,500 miles to Washington carrying a petition calling for greater government support for electric vehicles.

Lisa Stoner, 15, of Minneapolis reached her destination Friday, after 32 days of pedaling, The Minneapolis Star-Tribune reported. She was accompanied by her mother on a bike and her father and brother, who traveled in a gas-guzzling sport utility vehicle, providing support for the bicyclers.

"It was awesome to get in to D.C. We were like, 'Whoa, we're finally here,'" Liza said. "But yeah, I'm a little tired and it's really hot."

Liza is scheduled to meet Monday with Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn. She will present the senator with a petition carrying 1,200 signatures.

Then the Stoner family will climb into the SUV for the trip to Minneapolis, except for father Jeff. He is flying home to get back to work.

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