A local organization gives people with disabilities a chance to enjoy something many of us may take for granted.
66 Tandem is a group of cyclists working towards making Joplin an all around “bicycle friendly” city. The group has been teaming up with the Midwest Low-Vision Technology Center to provide rides for the blind for about a year now. Every Saturday, volunteers come out and help the group. The two-seater bikes allow those with little or no vision to sit in the back seat and pedal while 66 Tandem volunteers steer in the front and describe the scenery.
“I’ve ridden a bike on my own before, but it gives other children who can’t exactly do that some help and experience they might not ever get,” says volunteer rider Mia Perry.
“It’s pretty rewarding,” says volunteer rider Rebecca Bankston. “It’s always so much fun, and I love to ride, so to be able to share that experience with somebody who’s not able to do so on their own is pretty awesome.”
In September the “Burn Your Buns Ride” will be raising money for the blind at Midwest Low-Vision Technology Center.
For more information on 66 Tandem, click here.