Friend that's visually impaired would she be able to learn to cycle in quiet areas?

Discussion in 'Adaptive and Disabled Cycling' started by Randombiker9, 1 Sep 2017.

  1. Randombiker9

    Randombiker9 Well-Known Member

    So bassically I have a friend that's visually impaired but she can see halfway of a average bowling lane (any direction). So any tips would she be able to or is there another way for her to get involved in cycling?
    ps her family have never cycled so that's why I'm asking on here.
     
  2. growingvegetables

    growingvegetables Guru

    Location:
    Leeds
    Try a tandem?
     
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  3. Bazzer

    Bazzer Setting the controls for the heart of the sun.

    Tandem?
    I think there are one or two on here who are either visually impaired, or who made similar posts.
     
  4. ianrauk

    ianrauk Tattooed Beat Messiah

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    If you are in London. Check out Wheels For Wellbeing. Google is your friend.
     
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    Randombiker9

    Randombiker9 Well-Known Member

    Why does everyone think I live in London. I do live in South east of England but I don't live in London.
     
  6. Cycleops

    Cycleops Guru

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    Accra, Ghana
    You should be thankful.
     
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    Randombiker9

    Randombiker9 Well-Known Member

    Everybody else: Thanks
     
  8. OP
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    Randombiker9

    Randombiker9 Well-Known Member

    Thankful of not living In London or what do you mean?
     
  9. Bazzer

    Bazzer Setting the controls for the heart of the sun.

    Didn't think @ianrauk made that assumption. His reply was prefaced with If.
    If you want more specific information than that provided, detail of your location would be helpful, as people on here may have knowledge of facilities or help in that location which might not be nationwide.
     
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  10. ianrauk

    ianrauk Tattooed Beat Messiah

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    If you get off your high horse for just a second and Google wheels for wellbeing as I said. They may be able to help you and your friend.
     
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  11. growingvegetables

    growingvegetables Guru

    Location:
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    Sorry, @Randombiker9 - that first reply of mine was a bit ... "curt"? Me trying to type on a phone, having left my reading glasses at home.

    Anyways - years back I wrote this on riding a tandem with blind stoker. Brilliant fun ... for BOTH of us. But it kinda depends what getting "involved in cycling" means? Dunno. If it includes riding down to the canal a coupla miles away to watch the sunset and the bats come out, with a quiet pint at a riverside pub (guess where I've been!) ...... then a tandem could well be worth considering.

    Drawback - huge outlay. Otoh - you might be able to hire to try? Or even .... put the word out locally? You might be surprised to find somebody with a tandem willing to let you use theirs for an afternoon or two, to get the hang of it?
     
  12. Slick

    Slick Veteran

    I met these guys last weekend on Arran and it looked like they were having a blast. I know you aren't in Scotland, but there must be an equivalent near to you.

    http://www.talkingtandems.org
     
  13. Tim Hall

    Tim Hall Guest

    Location:
    Crawley
    If you and your friend want to go down the tandem route, take a look at Charlotte's Tandems. They lend tandems to " people with disabilities or additional needs, who are unable to ride a bike safely on their own, so that they can enjoy the wonders of cycling." They seem to have various locations around the country.
    http://www.charlottestandems.co.uk/
     
  14. gaijintendo

    gaijintendo Über Member

    Location:
    Scotchland
    Some great resources, and it's something I would love to do. I might have to start a site for potential stokers, who are visually impaired, and have a surplus of shed space.
     
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