Tandem rides for visually impaired

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John Holiday
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Tandem rides for visually impaired

Postby John Holiday » 31 May 2019, 7:05pm

A charity in Chester ,who support those with visual impairment, has been trying to arrange tandem rides.
This morning I was able to take a lady with limited sight for a ride along the River Dee on some of the local Sustrans network. She hadn't been on a bike for nearly thirty years,let alone on the back of a tandem!
She thoroughly enjoyed the ride & is keen to repeat.
If you have access to a tandem,why not try contacting a similar local group & see whether they have people who would enjoy trying cycling?
Charlotte's Tandems are a charity which loan tandems to those in need of cycles.

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Re: Tandem rides for visually impaired

Postby RickH » 31 May 2019, 10:59pm

Was that Vision Support or another organisation?

Gary Morgan, the charity's Community Engagement Coordinator, has managed to get several sight impaired folk cycling regularly on the back of a tandem in conjunction with Charlotte's Tandems.

If there is anyone reading this in the Chester & North East Wales area who would like to help there is a tandem taster session being planned. I don't know the details yet. If you're interested watch this space or PM me. We did one last year which paired up several people.

If you live in the Rhyl /Prestatyn area and want to help there are a couple of people Gary is wanting to pair up with tandem pilots.

Thanks for reading.

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Re: Tandem rides for visually impaired

Postby John Holiday » 1 Jun 2019, 2:37pm

Yes,it was through Gary at Vision Support.
I asked a friend in Prestatyn if he might assist, but unfortunately already fully committed elsewhere.
Am sure riders would enjoy helping less able potential riders& experience on tandems not essential.

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Re: Tandem rides for visually impaired

Postby Bonefishblues » 1 Jun 2019, 2:56pm

Is there any sort of central register available to people in other areas?

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Re: Tandem rides for visually impaired

Postby rjb » 1 Jun 2019, 3:20pm

We were overtaken by a tandem today in North Curry on the somerset levels. They had somerset sight tops on. It could well have been this pair. They were "Flying" along.
https://www.somersetcountygazette.co.uk ... set-sight/
At the last count:- Focus Variado, Peugeot 531 pro, Dawes Discovery Tandem, Dawes Kingpin, Raleigh 20, Falcon K2 MTB dropped bar tourer, Longstaff trike conversion on a Falcon corsa. :D

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CHESTER Tandem rides for visually impaired

Postby merrymac » 10 Jun 2019, 3:24pm

Hi John

Thanks for the plug for Charlottes Tandems ( C T ). I'm the Helper for C T in your area and have 13 tandems and tagalongs available FREE of charge to borrow. Look on www.charlottestandems.co.uk

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Re: Tandem rides for visually impaired

Postby merrymac » 10 Jun 2019, 3:29pm

by Bonefishblues » 1 Jun 2019, 2:56pm

Is there any sort of central register available to people in other areas?

Hi Bone fish
Yes there is. Charlottes Tandems set up a facebook group to match tandem-stokers with pilots. See
https://www.facebook.com/groups/1656859641194681/

Hope this helps
Brian

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Re: Tandem rides for visually impaired

Postby Bonefishblues » 10 Jun 2019, 5:12pm

Thanks!

By coincidence, I've just been servicing the tandem :)

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Re: Tandem rides for visually impaired

Postby John Holiday » 14 Jun 2019, 4:02pm

Thanks for the update merrimac.
I already have a tandem, but occasionally need another & happy to recommend Charlotte's Tandems.

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Re: Tandem rides for visually impaired

Postby hondated » 15 Jun 2019, 6:37pm

John Holiday wrote:A charity in Chester ,who support those with visual impairment, has been trying to arrange tandem rides.
This morning I was able to take a lady with limited sight for a ride along the River Dee on some of the local Sustrans network. She hadn't been on a bike for nearly thirty years,let alone on the back of a tandem!
She thoroughly enjoyed the ride & is keen to repeat.
If you have access to a tandem,why not try contacting a similar local group & see whether they have people who would enjoy trying cycling?
Charlotte's Tandems are a charity which loan tandems to those in need of cycles.

If you do a search on here I remember them posting for people to store a tandem in particular locations for people to be able to access them when required.