Three Wheeler Zach West
Regular Trike Asylum reader Zach West has made the news in Bellingham, Washington, and is deserving of mention here in his attempt to raise money to help others with physical challenges. The Bellingham Herald has featured a story about Zach’s worthy goals, which of course involve human powered recumbent tadpole tricycles. The story begins below Zach’s photo.
BELLINGHAM MAN RAISING MONEY FOR RECUMBENT THREE-WHEELERS FOR FELLOW HEMOPHILIACS
By MICHELLE NOLAN — FOR THE BELLINGHAM HERALD
Zach West is so excited about the possibility of getting back on a recumbent bicycle that he wants other hemophiliacs to feel the same joy.
The affable 37-year-old Bellingham resident, a member of the Hemophilia Foundation in Washington, is looking for ways to raise money to donate six special three-wheelers known as tadpole recumbent tricycles, or “trikes.”
West was born with hemophilia, a disease that prevents efficient blood-clotting. He also has had to contend with epilepsy.
Question: Zach, what’s your cycling history?
Answer: I loved bicycles as a child. I rode recumbents as a young adult until I got into a serious accident. I’m just getting back to the point where I am trying to save enough to buy a recumbent.
Q: What’s your charity goal?
A: I’m so enthusiastic about the idea of other hemophiliacs enjoying recumbents that my goal is to raise $60,000 for six of these tadpole recumbent trikes. The problem is finding sponsors, and so on. This is my private goal; it is not related to the Hemophilia Foundation. A lot of hemophiliacs are low-income and most could not afford a recumbent like this.
Q: Why are these bikes so expensive?
A: I really want to put high-end safety equipment on these trikes, equipment that lasts a long time. I want these donated bikes to be the best and safest they can be. It takes about $10,000 to properly outfit one of these. Hemophiliacs face a lot of health challenges and these trikes are great exercise. I call it “therapy made fun.”