May 16, 2019
For our first discussion, we were joined by Michael Robertson, founder of Shared Vision Quest and an avid cyclist who is visually impaired. He shared his story about biking cross country. Then the group asked questions and shared their biking tips and experiences.
May is National Bike Month and includes Bike to Work Day. Our guest speaker was Michael Robertson who founded the non-profit Shared Vision Quest. In addition to Michael?s trip across the country from Cape Flattery, Washington to Lubec, Maine, he mentioned the Trek Across Maine cycling event. Massachusetts Eye and Ear (Mass. Eye and Ear) assisted with some of the fundraising for the trip on a custom Carver road bike from Bath Cycle and Ski.
Other resources mentioned during the discussion:
- Rails-to-Trails resource for locating biking and walking trails converted from unused railroad beds.
- Tips for cyclists who are blind or visually impaired on VisionAware.org site.
- Adventure Cycling for route planning.
- Dee mentioned Blind Stokers Club for connecting tandem cyclists, stokers with captains or pilots and the Tennessee Paracycling Open and the United States Association of Blind Athletes (USABA).
- TriState Adaptive Sports Association in Memphis Tennessee is starting a tandem cycling group.
- Marty mentioned Wisconsin-based Blind Outdoor Leisure Development (BOLD) as a resource with programming that includes tandem biking. Also mentioned Elroy-Sparta State Trail and Glacial Drumlin State Trail, WI.
- Michael mentioned Maine Organization for Blind Athletic and Leadership Education (MOBALE).