A University of Colorado student is launching a new nonprofit organization called Bike Insight, which pairs blind people with sighted partners for tandem bike riding.
Founder Jake Ainciart, a CU senior, is hoping to get the organization operational by mid-May.
"There's something very valuable about being on a bike and powering yourself," Ainciart said. "After talking to some of the blind students I've spoken with, they've said it's one of the more fun ways to get out and enjoy the world."
Bike Insight has incorporated as a nonprofit but is working to finalize its board of directors to become tax-exempt for donations. Ainciart and the other board members are raising money with the goal of purchasing 10 tandem bikes for the first season, as well as other equipment, such as helmets and safety vests.