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Trail Moments | Enjoying the Trike Life

By: Lew Roscoe
November 28, 2022

Golf cart trail in Arizona's Oro Valley | Photo courtesy Lew Roscoe
Golf cart trail in Arizona's Oro Valley | Photo courtesy Lew Roscoe

This article is part of Rails-to-Trails Conservancy’s Trail Moments initiative—to elevate new and tried-and-true trail voices around the country, and how trails impact the lives of Americans. Learn more at and #TrailMoments on social media. Share your story, or view a collection of trail moments stories.

Lew Roscoe on a trail in a former golf course | Photo courtesy Lew Roscoe
Lew Roscoe on a trail in a former golf course | Photo courtesy Lew Roscoe

At 86, I remain an avid biker, riding the trails with many of my neighbors in our retirement community in Oro Valley, Arizona, in the periphery of Tucson. Although there aren’t many old railroad corridors here to create rail-trails, there are lots of other trails, paved and striped, developed by our local governments. 

I used to ride a regular two-wheeled bike; however, one morning in the summer of 2020, as I was riding, I got caught up in a tight turn and fell, breaking my elbow and pelvis. After recovering from the accident, I decided to switch to a three-wheeler, so I tried a few options and bought a recumbent electric Catrike.

Related: Considering a Recumbent Bike? Here Are Some Tips to Keep in Mind.

What I Ride

Lew Roscoe's Catrike | Photo by Lew Roscoe
Lew Roscoe’s Catrike | Photo by Lew Roscoe

In my retirement community, many people have trikes, electric or not, and you’ll see them on our nice country trails as well as along on-road bike lanes. My wife and I have one e-trike and one bike, and we ride a few miles every morning. Arizona heats up during the day, so we go out early, trying to be back by 7 a.m. This is a good way to go to be out in the air and enjoy the simple pleasures of getting around.

Trikes can be upright or recumbent and are adjustable to accommodate leg length. My e-Catrike has bright flashing lights and a high flag attached to the back for extra visibility. It has a battery-charged motor that I use sometimes (but it’s optional), which can boost me a little or a lot. The battery seldom needs to be charged but comes with simple charging plug-in gear. I also have a basket that I can attach and have carried things in it from occasional trips to the store.

Related: Five Quick Tips to Keep Your Trike (or Recumbent) Tip-Top

Where I Ride

Arizona's Chuck Huckelberry Loop | Photo by Cindy Barks
Arizona’s Chuck Huckelberry Loop | Photo by Cindy Barks

Tucson and Oro Valley have many parks and dry riverbeds (called “washes”) connected by paved trails. A popular trail system that we enjoy is called the Chuck Huckelberry Loop (commonly known as simply “The Loop”), which, over the years, has been extended to more than 130 miles. Using these trails, one can ride around much of our region of more than a million people—outdoors, avoiding traffic and without using gas or producing pollution.

We also have a number of golf courses nearby. When one of them went out of business, its fairways and golf cart trails were taken over by our town after we raised $2 million for the effort and obtained the support of The Conservation Fund. The golf course’s trails are now open to the community with the town providing basic maintenance, mowing and pavement repair. It’s a great place to enjoy our desert landscape and mountain scenery.

A trail in Arizona's Oro Valley | Photo by Lew Roscoe
A trail in Arizona’s Oro Valley | Photo by Lew Roscoe

Why I Ride

Trail in Arizona's Oro Valley | Photo by Lew Roscoe
Trail in Arizona’s Oro Valley | Photo by Lew Roscoe

My trike is comfortable, secure, goes as fast as I want and offers the kind of enjoyment I was used to on my two-wheeler. We have friends nearby who have trikes, too, and we love sharing our experiences with them. It provides good exercise and keeps us healthy!

Related: Top 10 Trails in Arizona

Photo by Jovanka Novakovic:Bauwerks
Photo by Jovanka Novakovic / Bauwerks


“I support RTC because of its commitment to being a national voice for advocating for more walkable and bikeable trails across America, including in my community!”—Brenda Dixon, Illinois

Lew Roscoe
Lew Roscoe

Lew Roscoe resides in Oro Valley, Arizona. Before retirement, he lived in Ithaca, New York, where he worked at Cornell University as a university architect and campus planner. He enjoyed biking in the Finger Lakes region with its many rail-trails and often met with local agencies to promote regional trails.

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