SolarCyclists arrive in Gainesville Wednesday

Published: Wednesday, January 27, 2010 at 7:26 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 27, 2010 at 7:26 a.m.

Three SolarCyclists arrive in Gainesville Wednesday, and will give a presentation on Thursday about their 9-month cycling journey around the world.

The cyclists' visit to Gainesville is part of the University of Florida Smathers Libraries' SolarCycle Week, which aims to raise awareness about of the advantages of using solar energy as a source of sustainable energy for global needs.

After the presentation, the cyclists -- Susie Wheeldon, Jamie Vining and Ian Henderson -- will be available for a Q&A session.

The SolarCyclists will ride into Gainesville today from the south.

In conjunction with the cyclists' appearance, SolarCycle Week Expo will be held at the Plaza of the Americas on Thursday. The expo will feature demonstrations about the reality of switching to a sustainable energy future with the use of solar power. Later on Thursday, the cyclists will join the Expo with their bicycles and be available for further questions.

Also on Thursday, Ed Regan, assistant general manager of GRU Strategic Planning, will be speaking on GRU's solar tariff program and present general information regarding solar photovoltaic feed-in-tariffs and their impacts on the Gainesville community.

On Saturday, Bikes and More Cycling will host the farewell cycling trip with the SolarCyclists, which will leave from the Reitz Union Traffic Circle.

The SolarCycle Expedition started on the European Union's Solar Day on May 15, 2009, in London. By the end of their trip, Wheeldon, Vining and Henderson will have cycled 12,000 miles while raising money for SolarAid, Britain's first solar energy charity for the developing world, and blogging about ways society can work together to combat climate change.

For more information on the SolarCycle Week event times and locations, go online to

To read the SolarCycle team's blog and learn more information about the team's mission, go online to

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