Volunteers help visually impaired children ride bikes

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by KVUE

khou.com

Posted on May 20, 2014 at 7:10 AM

AUSTIN, Texas -- Monday evening marked some bittersweet moments for dozens of young students enrolled at the Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired.

For three years now, volunteers with Social Cycling Austin have participated in a project they call “Lend Your Legs” allowing cyclists to volunteer by steering a tandem bicycle while a visually impaired youngster sits in the back and pedals too.

“I love being out here with everybody and it's just a lot of fun watching the kids get what they don't get otherwise.  They have a blast out here,” said Cliff Howell a volunteer cyclist who has been riding with the same youngster for a year, 12-year-old Cesar Chapa.

“The privilege of riding free, like no one to control you and all that”, said Chapa when talking about why he loves riding on the back of a bicycle.

“Lend Your Legs” is active during the fall and spring semesters of school so the next session won’t start until September.

Go here for more information on Social Cycling Austin’s program “Lend Your Legs."

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