Volunteers Sought for Tandem Bike Program for Blind/Visually Impaired
DATE: August 15, 2013
MEDIA CONTACT: Michael Mills
PHONE: 954-357-8115
EMAIL: mmills@broward.org

WHAT: BROWARD COUNTY, Fla. – The Broward County Parks and Recreation Division’s Special Populations Section seeks volunteers for a Tandem Bike Skill Development Program, which is designed for adults who are blind or visually impaired. The program will meet from 10 a.m. to noon on six consecutive Thursdays in September and October.

Bicyclists who are blind or visually impaired are paired with sighted volunteers on tandem bicycles (bicycles built for two riders) to form a partnership. Participants learn basic biking skills, safety, bicycle mechanics, trust building, and group riding etiquette. The program also provides adults who are blind or visually impaired with opportunities for physical activity, fun, fitness, and social interchange.

In a tandem partnership, the volunteer captains the front seat while the person who is blind or visually impaired sits in the rear in the stoker position. Tandem partners are matched based on their strengths and weaknesses to complement each other. Both captain and stoker are equally important to the partnership.

WHERE: Quiet Waters Park
401 S. Powerline Rd., Deerfield Beach, FL 33442

WHEN: Two-hour classes, 10 a.m.-noon
Thursdays, September 19 & 26 and October 3, 10, 17, & 24 

WHO: For ages 18 and up.

HOW: Consistent attendance is required in order to participate.

For further information, call the Special Populations Section at 954-357-8170 or email SpecialPopulations@broward.org

Founded in February 1956 and accredited by the Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies, Broward County Parks and Recreation Division manages almost 6,500 acres, encompassing nearly 50 regional parks and nature centers, neighborhood parks, and natural areas at various stages of development. Facilities include water parks, campgrounds, a target range, a stadium, a skate park, an observatory, mountain bike trails, an educational farm with stables, and a velodrome and other sports facilities. Hours and fees vary by location. For more information, visit broward.org/parks.

Individuals with disabilities requiring accommodations in order to participate in programs, services, and activities must contact the Special Populations Section at 954-357-8170 or TTY 954-537-2844 at least five (5) business days prior to the scheduled meeting or event.
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