Resident embarks on epic California bicycle trek 

Local resident Marissa Muller recently embarked on a mission to bicycle 1,000 miles through California to gather 1,000 clean ideas on a solar-charged electric bike. For information, visit

Where did you purchase the bike? I purchased a PiCycle electric bike from PiMobility based on its slick design and the fact that it is a Sausalito company.

How does the solar-electric bike work? The bike traditionally houses the battery in the frame. What we did was extend the wires into a back trailer with two 20 amp-hour batteries. Then I can connect a depleted battery to the solar panel, which is rested on top of the trailer. The goal is to harness the sun’s energy through the solar panel and charge the battery.

How many miles are you riding each day?
I average 55 miles per day. I stop by high schools and offer a seminar on my renewable energy inspirations, the workings of solar power and electric bikes.

What is your route? I initiated my journey with the Tour of California in San Francisco, and I met up with them once more in San Jose. I also wanted see the Capitol, so I plotted a route up to Sacramento, and then I had a vision of seeing the California farmland. And no journey in California is complete without a ride down Highway 1.

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