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BOISE, IDAHO now has a tandem captain signed up on bicyclingblind.org!

Yahoo! In Boise, two visually impaired stokers created profiles on our website in 2011. They have been waiting five years for a tandem captain to sign up, so they can go for a bike ride. Yes, five long years.

Then, along comes James Hickey.  He moved from California to Boise last month, found the stokers on the map, and made the connection.  Snow is on the ground, so they are starting their connection with cross country skiing.

Thanks, James, for sharing the ride in your new home state of Idaho! We here at Bicycling Blind Los Angeles will miss your wit and good humor.

 

 

 

 

 

Intro to Tandem Video - Part 1 (made by: Blind Stokers Club)

The Blind Stokers Club out of San Diego, California, has made two videos introducing tandem cycling to captains and stokers.  Here is Part 1.  Please share with anyone interested in the sport.  

 

Los Angeles Rides

Los Angeles Bicycling Blind enjoyed riding around Malibou Lake and up and over the mountains to King Gillette Ranch.  Next ride is August 8, 2015.

Volunteer of the Month Award by Senator Pavley

Senator Fran Pavley, from California Senate District 27, awarded Bicycling Blind Los Angeles, the Volunteer of the Month Award, for April 2014.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bicycling Blind Los Angeles

In November, we rode to King Gillette Ranch in the Santa Monica Mountains.  We enjoyed the Visitor Center’s film about the area and our blind stokers got their bearings with the tactile map displaying the mountains and canyons where we cycle.  Of special interest was the Native American basket weaving exhibition,  with baskets hundreds of years old.  Photo compliments of James Hickey Photography.

Bicycling Blind Los Angeles

We enjoyed warm weather today as we pedaled 26 miles out to Hidden Valley and back for our October ride.  We don’t have enough captains to meet the demand each month.  Please contact us if you can share the ride!  If you don’t own a tandem, we’ll loan you one and train you to captain a blind stoker.

Los Angeles Bicycling Blind Group Rides

Photo Courtesy of James Hickey Photography

We are sharing the ride in the Conejo Valley, which is considered one of the best road biking regions in southern California due to wide streets, bike lanes, and a variety of terrain.  We meet once a month on a Saturday morning and pedal for 25-30 miles.  Stokers travel from downtown Los Angeles, Long Beach, and the San Fernando Valley.

Cycling for Sight Tour, San Diego

The 2013 Cycling for Sight Tour is July 12 - 14.  Pedal 200 miles over 3 days in southern California.  Start and finish is in beautiful La Jolla.  This event ride raises money for the San Diego Center for the Blind and the Blind Stokers Club.

Tandem Racing Opportunity in California

The Annual Redlands Bicycle Classic, April 4th - 7th, 2013, in Redlands, California, has opened a Tandem Class B category.  The cost is $30 per race (Time Trial, Road Race, Criterium) or $100 for all races.  The first 10 out of California race participants to register and pay in full will receive $200 towards travel expenses.  Membership in US Paracycling (only $15) is required to participate in the races.  Visit their website to register or call Cotie Williams at 909-558-6664 if you have questions.

Bicycling Blind Los Angeles

Our group ride pedaled through Westlake and Agoura on smooth streets with wide bike lanes.  Tandem captain James Hickey took this on-the-fly iPhone photo of one tandem team.