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In Portland: Happy Velomobile Day

Ecotrope | July 28, 2011 4:36 a.m. | Updated: Feb. 19, 2013 1:36 p.m.

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Fifty velomobiles are taking off on a cross-country trek from Portland to DC today. You can follow them as they trek 3,000 miles in the vehicle GOOD says could be considered “a low-tech car or high-tech bike.”

What’s a velomobile? BikePortland explains:

Velomobiles are three-wheeled recumbents wrapped in an extremely aerodynamic shell made of fiberglass, carbon fiber or aluminum. They might look like rocket ships, but they’re street legal and meant for everyday use. The bright paint is a way to increase visibility — something they need being so close to the ground.

And in honor of the trek, Portland Mayor Sam Adams has declared today Velomobile Day. Until our commuter challenge inspired me to ask you how you get to work I didn’t even know what a velomobile was. Now I know it’s one of many ways to get to work … or across the country.

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