Senior Center’s E-Trikes Help Riders Tackle Valley’s Trails

The electric-equipped TerraTrikes can be reserved and checked out free of charge.

Tom Giffey

Autumn is almost upon us, so now is one of the best times of year to explore the leaf-lined trails in and around Eau Claire.

If you’re concerned that your age or ability may prevent you from tackling the trails, the L.E. Phillips Senior Center has something to ease your mind – not to mention your potentially achy knees: The Aging & Disability Resource Center of Eau Claire County recently delivered two recumbent tricycles to the senior center (1616 Bellinger St., Eau Claire).

The electric-equipped TerraTrikes can be reserved and checked out free of charge by adults Monday through Friday 8am-3:30pm.

According to the senior center, the TerraTrikes offer a battery-powered “pedal assist” which helps boost a biker’s own pedal power. “This can reduce stress and impact on your knees and thighs,” the senior center says. “The E-Trike can assist you to conquer hills and inclines, so you don’t have to worry about any challenging terrain. People of all ages and health can ride for much longer with the E-Trike.” The senior center says the E-Trikes are already becoming popular with some users, who can take them east or west just a few blocks to get onto different segments of the city’s ever-growing trail system.

You don’t even need to be a member of the L.E. Phillips Senior Center to check out of the E-Trikes. Just call the center at (715) 839-4909 to make a reservation or for more information. And be sure to enjoy the leaves as you whiz along the trails!