Explore our local trails with the YMCA & City of Marion's new electric trikes, available at the Marion YMCA!
ABOUT THE PROJECT
The City of Marion received AARP’s Community Challenge Grant back in July of 2020 from an idea submitted by a Marion resident to BPAC (Bike & Pedestrian Council). The idea originated from a senior who had friends that would come up with excuses as to why they couldn’t go on bike rides together – the resident ultimately knew it was due to fear of falling. Research was then conducted by City of Marion leadership that led to the submission for the grant for accessible trikes that would be safer for senior residents to get out and enjoy exercise on nearby trails. The City of Marion then brought this idea to be housed at the YMCA after the grant was received for the electric trikes, which ultimately fit in with the Y’s mission to further develop options for active seniors.
An additional partnership with Iowa BIG was then formed for this project – we were fortunate to get to work with a great group of high schoolers who helped get us prepared and ready to promote the trike program. The students worked for several months with leaders from the YMCA and City of Marion to develop policies, procedures and marketing materials. They also created the promotional video above, as part of their marketing responsibilities for the project!
Two trikes are available to rent at the Marion YMCA.
3740 Irish Drive
Marion, IA 52302
Two trikes are available to rent at the Marion YMCA for two hours at a time. Trikes are parked at the Marion YMCA, and need to be returned at the conclusion of a 2 hour rental.
Trikes are available to reserve for 2 hours by calling the Marion YMCA’s front desk at (319) 377-7361 during open business hours. Trike rentals can be made up to one week in advance.
There is no cost for trike rental to Marion residents thanks to the partnership of the City of Marion. For those that do not reside in the 52302 zip code, a $10 rental fee is charged.
Trikes are specifically available for adults ages 55 years and older due to AARP’s grant award for strengthening senior populations. Those under the age of 55 are ineligible to rent a trike.
For proof of Marion residency, all renters must bring their driver’s license when renting a trike to the Marion YMCA. Renters will also be required to sign a waiver before riding.
Trikes are available to rent Monday – Friday, at three open time frames per day between 7:00 AM and 4:00 PM (reservation times are listed below).
Open reservation times:
- 7:00 AM – 9:00 AM
- 11:00 AM – 1:oo PM
- 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
If for some reason there is an issue that comes up with riding a trike out on the trails, please alert the Marions Y’s front desk staff and have a family member or friend come to pick you up if required. If an emergency occurs, please contact first responders by dialing 911.
Trike reservations can be made with the Marion YMCA up to 7 days in advance.
A helmet is required to be worn while riding an electric trike. Please bring your own helmet with you when renting a trike.