Release Date: 
Thursday, June 14, 2007
Lisamaria Martinez, President
Sports and Recreation Division
National Federation of the Blind
(510) 289-2577

Ten Blind Bicyclists to Participate
in Statewide Bike Trip

Kansas City, Missouri (June 14, 2007): The Sports and Recreation Division of the National Federation of the Blind (NFB), a division of the oldest and largest organization of the blind in the country, is conducting a tandem bicycle event for the blind.  In conjunction with the NFB of Missouri, ten blind people from across the country will participate in the tandem bicycle trip, which will follow Missouri’s Katy Trail.

“This trip will be a fantastic opportunity to eliminate public misconceptions about the abilities of blind people and prove that we are fully able to participate in all parts of life, including statewide bicycle trips,” said Lisamaria Martinez, president of the Sports and Recreation Division of the NFB.

Tandem bicycles allow blind people to cycle with a sighted pilot. The trip will commence in Kansas City on June 15 and will finish on June 21 at the end of the Katy Trail in St. Charles.  The participants will bike an average of thirty-eight miles per day.

Sponsors for the bicycle event include the Sports and Recreation Division of the NFB, the NFB’s National Association of Blind Merchants, and Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic.

For more information about the trip, please contact Annemarie Cooke, one of the blind participants, at (732) 619-6122.  Annemarie will be available to give interviews during the event. To learn more about the National Federation of the Blind, visit