In early May, I will again be riding 40 miles on a tandem bike in the 5-Borough Bike Tour to raise money for InTandem Cycling, a not-for-profit organization that has provided me and many others who are visually impaired, with countless hours and miles of outdoor fun. InTandem provides tandem bikes and other equipment, and organizes volunteers to ride as “Captains,” who ride in front to steer, change gears, and use the brakes. We “Stokers,” who are either blind, have limited vision, or for any other reason could not ride a bike safely on our own, ride on the back seat and provide added pedal power.
I have been biking with InTandem for over three years now. One of my earliest Captains was Jordan Stein, a wonderful young man with whom I am teamed for the 5-BBT. Jordan and I have enjoyed riding together since our first experience. Early on, we rode together for the NY City Streets event, which closes Park Avenue to traffic from 72nd Street all the way downtown to Brooklyn Bridge so that bikers, skaters and walkers can have free use of the wide boulevard. It was a memorable day because I was able to get my own helmet (free from Vision Zero) and we waited in line and got to experience a zip line slide, which I had never done.
Jordan has become a good friend, who, along with others, was a great help after my eye surgery last spring. We also share a love of theater and have gone to see many shows together, including an amazing evening at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park last summer to see a musical production of Hercules.
I have also learned about bike maintenance from Jordan—how to change a flat time, and deal with derailed or stuck gears. For this year’s 5-BBT, we will ride as “Marshals.” This means that we will do the full 40 miles but, along the way, we may be stopping to help other cylists with any maintenance problems. We did this for the Epic Ride last year in Brooklyn, for which we rode about 70 miles (including to and from Manhattan where the tandem bikes are stored near the Boathouse in Central Park).
Jordan and I are collectively raising funds, and hope to raise at least $1,000 for a very good cause. I hope you will consider making a donation in any amount, no matter how large or small,
This is InTandem's biggest fundraiser of the year, and your donation to my team will go directly to funding their programs, which are totally free for all riders!!
Thank you so much for supporting me, and for supporting InTandem!!