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post #1 of 14 Old 06-15-2010, 12:09 PM Thread Starter
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Blind passenger?

A close friend of mine is going blind, rapidly. He has always been an outdoorsy person, with backpacking and playing paintball being two of his favorite activities. His eyesight is so bad now he can no longer read a computer screen or even dial a cell phone.

I had the idea of taking him on bike trips with me as a passenger, as a way to let him get back out to experience the outdoors at least in some fashion or another.

Has anyone else carried a blind passenger? What are the factors you need to consider? Is it really any different than carrying someone else? I'd imagine it would be helpful to have a helmet-to-helmet intercomm system so at least the pilot could describe where they are and perhaps alert them to upcoming stops or curves or whatever.


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Sounds like a plan. Also sounds like you're a good friend.

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The "Motorcycle Ride Volunteer Network" might have helped, but they don't appear to be around anymore. They matched riding volunteers to handicapped/disabled passengers for just the kind of thing you described.

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your awesome.... he will enjoy it....

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make sure his precious hearing is well protected! you're a good friend, and i wish him the best in his life changing experience
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Thats awesome! I new a couple the husband was blind they road a tandem bicycle all over the place. Make sure you have a way of communicating with your friend to let him know whats going on.
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Originally Posted by stevewz View Post
I'd imagine it would be helpful to have a helmet-to-helmet intercomm system so at least the pilot could describe where they are and perhaps alert them to upcoming stops or curves or whatever.

I'd think this would be crucial.

It can be challenging enough with inexperienced passengers who are sighted.

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There was a post, I can't remember where, it was on ADVRider or Pashnit, where a lady who was blind offered to buy someone a 1200gs so they could go riding together. I think the story went that she had gone with her husband for many years and he passed-away and was looking for someone to take her riding a couple times a month in exchange for a free bike because she missed it so much. My memory may be a little foggy on it, but it goes something like that.

I think you and your friend will have a great time together.

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You could translate upcoming curves by shifting your weight from side to side before the curve happens. I think as the two of you ride together you will both be able to anticipate what the other is about to do. I have a friend who is legally blind but still sighted at least to some small extent. Motorcycling is an awesome way to experience life. It would be even more excellent for someone who is blind.
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