Life Cycle UK

Two's Company

Two’s Company aims to open up a whole new world to adults and children who are blind or visually impaired by giving them the opportunity to participate in a fun, healthy and life enhancing activity – tandem cycling. Life cycle organises regular rides on local routes around Bristol. We have a small fleet of tandems and a team of volunteer front riders who make this project possible.

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Registered Charity in England and Wales (1077575)

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    Category

  • Community Support & DevelopmentCommunity Support & Development
  • Health/WellbeingHealth/Wellbeing
  • Sports/RecreationSports/Recreation

    Helping

  • Children (3-18)Children (3-18)
  • Older PeopleOlder People
  • Women & GirlsWomen & Girls
  • Young People (18-30)Young People (18-30)
  • OtherOther

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The idea for the project came after discussions with local blind and visually impaired people. They told us that their lack of sight severely affects their confidence and stops them from participating in all sorts of activities that others take for granted; they also told us that they have very limited opportunities to take exercise, keep fit, or enjoy the local countryside. The project has proved to be a huge success and the enthusiastic response from the visually impaired community and volunteer front riders has led to many ideas for its ongoing development. In order to ensure participation from across all age groups, genders and backgrounds we want to make the project free of charge. This is particularly important as 75% of blind and partially sighted people of working age are unemployed (Source: RNIB, Work Matters Campaign 2006) and are therefore on low incomes. Taking into account insurance, maintenenace and storage of tandems each ride costs an average of £500 to organise and deliver. We plan to run 20 rides in any 12 month period.

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