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Hi everyone, I know this is a grave dig, but the forum is the only place that came up in my search that had useful information about vision impaired riders. I am after some advice or tips about riding with a vision impaired rider. I have recently volunteered to chaperone a vision impaired ride for a fun ride, he will be riding a tricycle, I will be riding my own bike. The rider has a glaucoma issue so limited sight in terms of being able to see shapes, light, and dark. My question is basically what recommendations would you make in helping him ride. I want this to be a joyful experience for him without me being a mother hen to him. I want him to have the freedom that comes with riding without being fearful, or having an accident. We haven't met yet, this Saturday is our first practice ride together, but I thought if I could pick the brains of others to get some ideas and tips it might help us to formulate a strategy.

Any ideas are welcome.

Thanks in advance.
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Legally blind/visually impaired

Originally Posted by Taz
I am interested in hearing from riders who have low vision and are considered legally blind.

I would like to know a little about your visual impairment and how you ride with your impairment?
hello! I have been riding solo for over a year and I am visually impaired in 1 eye and legally blind in the other. Here in FL you must have at least 20/40vision in your best eye in order to be able to ride/drive. I barely make it and have to go for testing since a year in order to keep driving/riding. Other folks here comment on how they ride but cannot drive? I imagine it must be allowed for riders to not need a DL, here in FL it is not possible....unless you're doing it on the sly...haha. 20/200 with the best aid you use (glasses, contacts, etc) is what the government considers legally blind, or at least that's the best info I have from official channels. I m more confident riding than driving. I used to ride in 2 when I had both eyes, now I ride on 3 but I don't mind too awful much. You get used to it, and it is quite enjoyable. Safe travels!
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My vision is dreadful, used to cheat on all the vision tests in school (didnít understand that it was for me, just wanted to do good on the test) so I wasnít flagged as needing glasses. Got glasses as an adult but the contrast between being with and without is too much for me so I keep them in a drawer if I need to measure things. I get by just fine on the road, most things are huge and having them blurry doesnít matter. I can still see potholes and cracks luckily but Iím used to looking for them so that helps.

I have superb hearing and use it a lot when making turns or going into traffic. I rely on it a lot and think headphones, even those bone ones or whatever, are super dangerous

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Had DMV on the phone once for almost 15 minutes asking if the driver's test was given in Brail (It was really slow in the winter), I also rode blind folded around Prospect Park, one of the scariest things I've ever done.
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Originally Posted by RavenMLS
Here in FL you must have at least 20/40vision in your best eye in order to be able to ride....
This is interesting and unusual, though I've been unable to confirm. Maybe you'll share a link?
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Originally Posted by coldfeet
I believe the definitions of "legally" blind varies somewhat. The causes of sight degradation are many and varied, as are the problems that result. I have heard it is possible in some jurisdictions, to have a driving license while legally blind....
That would be scary!
Thankfully, you heard wrong, at least in US one must have a 20/40 vision and 70 degrees field of view to get a driverís license.
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