Trikkes Taking Over Downtown Dubuque

By Katie Wiedemann, Reporter


By Katie Wiedemann

DUBUQUE, Iowa - Tourists in Dubuque seem to be loving the newest way to take in the sites. They're rolling around downtown Dubuque on three wheels.

Electric powered "Trikkes" are similar to a Segway, but have three wheels.

Tourists use them to visit places like the Port of Dubuque and The Cable Car Square.

Three years ago "Tour Dubuque" Owner, Leo Broughton up-rooted his life in Davenport for a job at IBM in Dubuque. Broughton quickly realized he was looking for something more.

Broughton said, "I went on a tour last summer, a Segway tour in Chicago and I thought, this is what Dubuque needs. "

That's when he discovered Trikkes. He bought a few and started leading tourists around downtown Dubuque.

"Dubuque has a lot of content as far as history, Architecture, arts and entertainment, " said Broughton.

One thing rolled into another, and the small business took off.

Broughton said, "Then people started saying, 'hey you should rent those,' so now we rent them."

On a sunny Thursday afternoon, Broughton is heading up a Trikke race among McGraw-Hill employees.

"We started brain-storming and came up with some ideas and so we came up with this team building exercise," said Broughton.

It's the latest evolution in this blossoming business. Broughton's dream job, on three wheels.

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