"Two’s Company" opens up a whole new world for people who are visually impaired or disabled by giving them the opportunity to get out on the back of a tandem bicycle and enjoy the sounds and smells of the countryside.
Who is it for?
Anyone in Bristol aged 8-80 who is visually impaired or disabled and would like to try tandem cycling in a supportive group. Some of our riders have been blind from birth, some lost their sight due to an accident or deteriorating eye condition, others are affected by disabilities such as Cerebral Palsy or Down’s Syndrome.
What we offer
An annual programme of 25 group tandem rides between March and November that explore quiet cycle routes around Bristol and occasionally further afield. A typical Two’s Company ride has a ride leader and up to eight tandems, each with a sighted person at the front and a visually impaired/disabled co-rider behind. All rides are free.
We offer gentle, intermediate and advanced rides to enable people of all abilities to participate and we hold regular Taster Days. Rides take place mostly at weekends, with some weekday evenings during the summer.
Our participants tell us that they find the rides exhilarating, relaxing and an invaluable place to make new friends:
"I never thought I would be able to do this after I lost my sight. To feel the wind rushing past you, to be out in the countryside, get some exercise, smell the flowers and trees as you go past. It’s a revelation. I’ve increased my confidence in being blind and still being part of the wider community. This has been the gateway for me to enter a better life after sight loss" - Steve
If you are interested in getting involved - either as a visually impaired "back rider" or a sighted volunteer - email Robin on firstname.lastname@example.org