TRAILBLAZERS: A Bike Club with a Twist

Photo of two people on a tandem bicycle

My friend Ari who works for Goodfoot Delivery is part of the TRAILBLAZERS Tandem Cycling Club and they are looking for sighted volunteers to tandem a blind, partially sighted or deaf-blind adults. And with the weather warming up the cycling season is about to begin! Here’s more about the club and the opportunity from Ari.


Have you heard of a cycling club called TRAILBLAZERS Tandem Cycling Club? Well, I just became a member last year and realized that I thoroughly enjoyed the thrill of cycling so much that I am going to join again this year.

TRAILBLAZERS’ is a cycling club with a twist. They give people who are blind, partially sighted or deaf-blind adults the opportunity to cycle with sighted volunteers on club-owned tandems (bicycle built for two).

At this time, I would like to share this experience with friends and co-workers. If you are an enthusiastic cyclist – you are our “Captain ”.

As a Stoker, I am really enjoying the outings and getting as many rides whenever I can. Presently I am also enjoying the role of Member At Large for TRAILBLAZERS Board for the past year.

The TRAILBLAZERS is always looking for experienced cyclists for their tandems. We call our sighted volunteers ‘Captains’. In Europe, they are known as ‘Pilots’. We prefer Captains. The club supplies the Tandems and they are stored across the GTA in four different storage sheds. And you don’t need to know how to ride one, we teach you.

We are also looking for Stoker these are People that are blind, partially sighted or deaf-blind adults.

All new volunteers and Stokers are required to participate in an Orientation. And the second rule, Helmets must be worn when cycling with TRAILBLAZERS (mandatory).

Call Lynda at (416) 456-7117 or send her an e-mail: lspinney@rogers.com for more information and to find out when the next orientation is.

Check out our website: www.TrailblazersTandem.org

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