'Wheelers' roll in Portland, Scarborough, beyond

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PORTLAND — People with physical and cognitive disabilities are invited to enjoy free rides on the first motorized tricycle purchased by Portland Wheelers.

Executive Director Doug Malcolm said the nonprofit recently took delivery of its first tricycle and made the inaugural ride from Seaside Rehabilitation Center on Baxter Boulevard.

So far, about 75 people from ages 7 to 92 have been given rides, Malcolm said. There are 10 trained volunteers providing rides.

Portland Wheelers will offer rides through the fall on days, evenings and weekends. Rides will be offered in the city and Scarborough, with expansion planned to South Portland and Westbrook.

Malcolm said many rides originate at assisted living centers, but arrangements can be made for home pickups. For more information visit portlandwheelers.org, email info@portlandwheelers.org, or call 232-7740.