by Megan Schmidt
Diane Silcott never learned how to ride a bike.
Silcott grew up on 16th street in Denver—a bustling corridor long before it was designated a pedestrian mall in the 1980s. Her parents worried that she’d get hurt. As the years passed, Silcott never got around to learning.
Silcott, 78, now lives at the Residences at Creekside in Lakewood, a Metro West Housing Solutions (MWHS) senior community. She recently experienced what it’s like to explore her neighborhood by bike on a summer morning — sun shining, flowers in bloom and the wind in her hair.
“I loved going out into the fresh air and seeing new areas in the community,” she said. “You can go places with the tri-shaw that a car can’t.”
The tri-shaw Silcott is referring to is a three-wheeled, pedal-powered bicycle with electric assistance that allows two passengers to sit in front while a volunteer cyclist — called a pilot — pedals behind them.
What makes the tri-shaw unique is that it gives passengers a similar experience to riding a bike — facing forward with an unobstructed view.