Mexico City Creates Program Allowing Blind People to Travel Freely on Bicycles
Jorge Calvillo - Latinos Post
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August 21, 2013
María Dolores Meza, 46, who became blind a year ago, rides with a volunteer. “I don’t let anyone call me ‘poor little blind girl.’ I like to be positive, give off good energy,” she said. (Eliel Ortiz/Infosurhoy.com)
Mexico City's government has implemented a program that allows people with visual disabilities to take bicycle tours within the City, a move that has benefited over 500 users in the last three years, according to information shared by Univision's health portal.
In Mexico City, this project is directed by professional and passionate cyclists who lend their services to support people with visual disabilities so they can enjoy the experience of riding a bicycle. The project's director, Manuel de la Torre, assured that "we use the bicycle as a work tool so that people with disabilities can feel the experience of riding a bike, like those of us who are passionate about cycling, cyclists at heart."
Each week on Sunday, the volunteer group meets at the monument of Diana the Huntress on Paseo Reforma, one of the City's main avenues, to offer bicycle tours to people with visual disabilities. Those responsible for the tours have 14 double bicycles, a towed sled and a tricycle to help the user experience cycling without the use of their visual sense.
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