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Go Ride a TrikE

7/28/2010 12:00:00 AM

Tags: human powered vehicle, bicycle

I loved my trike when I was a kid. I could ride it all the way to the corner and back, and I liked the independence. Now I’m looking at a different kind of independence—from my car—and a TrikE is looking pretty good.

TrikE’s enclosed design protects the rider from weather, making the vehicle useable year-round. Photo Courtesy 

TrikE, an electric-assisted human powered vehicle (HPV), has a 750-watt electric motor that enables it to reach speeds of up to 20 miles per hour. The motor’s 36-volt lithium battery pack costs just pennies to recharge. TrikE’s enclosed design offers weather protection, and a compartment behind the rider offers cargo storage. TrikE is legally classified as a bicycle, which means I wouldn’t need a license to ride it, and I wouldn’t have to insure it

This thing would be perfect for trips to the yoga studio and the grocery store, and I could avoid traffic by taking the bike lanes. I like this independence.

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