Girl, 14, completes 1,600-mile trek to Washington

After pedaling almost 1,600 miles, Liza Stoner is in Washington, D.C.

The 14-year-old City of Lakes Waldorf School student biked across Wisconsin, over Lake Michigan (by ferry), south through Indiana and east across Ohio, Pennsylvania and Maryland, all to deliver a petition signed by 1,200 Minnesotans who support electric vehicle legislation.

Not your typical summer vacation.

Liza, who recently graduated from the eighth grade, was welcomed by Sen. Amy Klobuchar, who received the petition — signed by such people as environmentalist Will Steger and Mayor R.T. Rybak — today at the steps of the U.S. Capitol.

“Liza’s trip not only demonstrates her dedication and passion, but that it is time for change,” Klobuchar said in a news release.

It took Liza 32 days to bike the distance. Her mother was right alongside her, while her father and brother rode in a support vehicle.

The trip was more than a year in the making. Before embarking, Liza told Southwest Journal columnist Fred Mayer that her plans originated from a viewing of the 2006 documentary “Who Killed the Electric Car?”

“I remember freaking out in my basement,” Liza said. “A few weeks later, I just shouted out, ‘I’m going to ride my bike all the way to Washington, D.C. for electric vehicles!’”

To read about Liza and her family’s preparations, click here. To read Liza’s blog of the trip, go to rideforrenewal.org.