Tricycles delivered to the courtyard of Building 15 created quite a buzz on Thursday. The eight NuvoTrikes were unloaded, sat upon and given a couple of quick test runs. The three-wheelers also piqued the curiosity of some of the members of the Media Department. Greg P got some background information by interviewing Chris Trifaro, who started the Tribro Cycles company with his brother Mike. Other Media Dept. members spoke to Scott Salinardi, director of programs, about how the program developed.
Greg: How did you get the idea for these bikes?
Trifaro: My brother’s son used to ride his big wheel around. And used to walk after him. So he said, “I have to get a tricycle or something to get some exercise with him.” And he asked me, and I welded something together for him. And then people saw it, and they wanted one. So we ended up going to a manufacturer; we got a patent. It took a few years and now we’re here.
Lifewire: Did Lifestyles purchase the tricycles or did someone donate them?
Salinardi: We bought them ourselves because it’s good for the program. They give us another feature to our exercise program and we can have some fun at the same time.
Lifewire: How did we make the connection with this company?
Salinardi: They came to the Hungerford Transition fair in May. We introduced ourselves and got to try their bikes.
Lifewire: Will using them require a crossing guard for safety?
Salinardi: Staff will be part of establishing the safety routines.
Lifewire: The tricycles have flags, are any other safety features planned?
Salinardi: Helmets are being purchased.
Lifewire: Is everyone going to try it out?
Salinardi: Yes, the tricycles are for everyone. They can be used for On the Go. Departments like the Greenhouse may be able to use them. And there are a few places we hope to take them. We can take them to the boardwalk, to Clove Lakes Park and the Conference House.
In addition to Greg, Riki G, Joseph J, Eric S, Anthony D, and Mike C contributed to the interview.