Cycle for Independence helps the visually impaired in Boise

Posted at 4:09 PM, May 10, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-10 18:09:42-04

BOISE — The Cycle for Independence is the largest fundraiser of the year for the Idaho chapter of the National Federation of the Blind.

The bicycle event happens Saturday, May 18 at Riverglen Junior High and it's a large community event where riders can take on a 10 mile, a 25 mile or a 60 mile course.

This event is planned out and prepared by the visually impaired and the proceeds go towards helping the blind live independently, improving the education for blind children and creating scholarships for young adults.

We went out riding with a few visually impaired riders and it was interesting to see how many other riders joined them as this event brings the visually impaired community together with the non visually impaired in a family environment, for many this event has turned into a family tradition.

"We are showing the community that we can run that we can run a very successful fundraiser, they learn about blindness and we learn about them too," said Dana Ard the President of the Idaho Chapter for the National Federation of the Blind. "

To see how the visually impaired ride tandem bikes while gearing up for the Cycle for Independence check out the video.

The ride is $20 no matter what length course riders decide to take on, online registration for the event ends on Monday, but people can still register on the day of the event.

For more information on the Cycle for Independence click here.

For more information on the National Federation for the blind click here.