Join the TRAILBLAZERS Tandem Cycling Club
What can I expect if I join TRAILBLAZERS?
- Access to fun social recreational cycling with individual rides, small groups and / or monthly club scheduled group rides. Participation depends on your availability.
- First you will complete a waiver form and club registration form so that you can be matched with either a stoker member with vision loss or a sighted volunteer captain, arranged by weight and tandem cycling experience.
- Please ensure that you have a bicycle helmet, water, comfortable cycling clothes, and running shoes.
- Please note you will not have access to doggy daycare for service animals; therefore you must make alternative travel arrangements. If you need assistance please contact the President at president@trailblazerstandem or (416) 760-2700 we will do our best to accommodate you.
- All sighted volunteer captains and stoker members with vision loss must attend a training tandem orientation session which includes 45 minutes of oral and interactive training, and one hour of tandem riding with coaching instruction.
- All captains and stokers learn about the importance of communication, basic bike safety, road safety (signaling), and scheduling rides (individual and group) through the ride convenor and vice-president.
- Finally, once you have had an orientation and have participated on three smaller group rides (or have demonstrated that you are a confident cyclist) you will be able to participate on the longer monthly scheduled group rides that the club organizes.
We welcome all friends and family both individual riders and tandem riders to join us on scheduled group rides even if you are not a member. There is no fee if you decide to join us on your own and meet us at the cycling location. Donations to the club which support access to cycling for the vision loss community is always welcomed and very much needed for bike repair and maintenance. Although we are a recreational cycling club, single riders you may notice that tandem riding typically moves a little faster; therefore this may or may not impact what is generally considered by the TRAILBLAZERS as recreational leisure cycling. Check us out!!! We would like to welcome you to ride with us.
“Captains” are sighted volunteers who ride on the front of our tandems (bicycles built for two). These volunteers are from the age of 16 & up and who are experienced cyclists. Volunteers do not pay for a membership.
“Stokers” are blind, deaf-blind or vision impaired adults who ride on the back of a tandem. All stokers must pay an annual membership fee to have access to the use of club’s bikes.