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Waveney: New tandem bikes joy

PUBLISHED: 10:32 15 June 2009 | UPDATED: 10:09 06 July 2010

PEOPLE with visual impairments are being given new opportunities to enjoy the pleasures and benefits of cycling thanks to three new tandem bicycles brought with help from NHS Yarmouth and Waveney.

PEOPLE with visual impairments are being given new opportunities to enjoy the pleasures and benefits of cycling thanks to three new tandem bicycles brought with help from NHS Yarmouth and Waveney.

The bicycles were unveiled to members of Yarmouth visually impaired user group yesterday (Sunday) during a special event arranged to mark the start of National Bike Week.

The three tandems have been purchased with £7,300 from the health trust's small grants scheme, along with extra donations from the Rotary Club and Norfolk Adult Education East.

The bid for funding was led by Geoff Knights, incoming president of the Yarmouth Rotary Club, who coordinated the application on behalf of the rotary club and visually impaired user group.

To use the bicycles, a sighted rider will sit at the front and lead a visually impaired rear rider on special guided rides around the borough and surrounding villages. As well as giving people the chance to get out into the fresh air, the group also hopes its members will enjoy the benefits the rides will bring to their fitness levels.

The rotary club now hope to buy a further 'recumbent' tandem so that people with different disabilities, such as issues with their balance, can be strapped into a bucket-shaped front seat and take part in the rides as well.

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