WATCAC has been providing cycling opportunities for people with vision impairment for over 30 years and has helped many people join in mainstream cycling, on road-bikes, on track bikes and off-road mountain bike tandems. Members have gone on to achieve many significant outcomes including representing Australia at Paralympic events. As our primary focus is inclusion, our members have concentrated on participating in a variety of community cycling events such as the 300km Life Cycle for Canteen on-road cycle event.
Sometime during the night hours 27th to 28th March 2019 the WATCAC (Western Australian Tandem Cycling Advisory Council) trailer was stolen for a member’s driveway in Bassendean, WA.
The trailer contained 2 x red straight bar tandems, 3 x Vetta road tandems (2 x black and 1 x blue) and 1 x Contarino black road tandem.
The four road tandems were recently involved in the Life Cycle for CanTeen Charity Ride from Perth to Busselton 300kms over 3 days. The loss of these tandems causes considerable hardship to our ability to cater for the Blind and Vision Impaired.
The trailer has since been recovered, however the six tandem bikes remain missing. The four road tandems were some of the best bikes in our fleet.
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ABC Perth News – 29 March 2019 on the theft of the WATCAC (Western Australian Tandem Cycling Advisory Council) trailer and six tandem bikes.
ABC Perth Facebook article follows:
A Perth charity which helps blind and vision-impaired cyclists say they are devastated after six of their tandem bicycles were stolen.
Erin McGlew, president of the Western Australian Tandem Cycling Advisory Council, which promotes the integration of blind and vision-impaired cyclists into the cycling mainstream, said the group has had to cancel their next events following the theft.
“One of our members who had very kindly had our trailer parked at her place, woke up on Thursday morning to find the trailer and six of our tandems had been stolen, and the lock had been cut during the night,” she said.
“We run normally two club rides and one rec ride each month, so we’ve just had to cancel those for the foreseeable future.”
Ms McGlew, who herself is vision impaired and rides tandem, said the tandems were recently involved in the Canteen Lifecycle Charity Ride from Perth to Busselton and their loss was a “huge blow to our ability to cater for blind and vision impaired cyclists” and said she hopes the bikes will be recovered.
“From a social perspective and from a fitness perspective, it’s really important for blind and vision impaired people to have these sorts of opportunities.
“The loss of these tandems causes considerable hardship of our ability to cater for the blind and vision impaired,” she said.
A Perth charity which helps blind and vision-impaired cyclists say they are devastated after six of their tandem…