Bicycling Blind is an organization that connects tandem-owning folk (captains) with the visually impaired (stokers).
Here’s a testimonial from Rob B. in Austin, TX, from their site:
Since launching my profile on the US Blind Tandem Cycling Connection, I have met two competent pilots. One, I have ridden with in three different states and on three different tandems! We have also become great friends. This site is an excellent resource! Thank you!
Cranksgiving is a bike-powered fundraiser for New York City’s homeless. Riders race to collect specific food stuffs from grocery stores across the city, testing both street and aisle navigation. The competition has spread to other cities and NYC’s event raised almost $4,000 in donations last year.
Anyone want to organize this in Philly?
Buying glasses is a pain in the ass. The general rule of thumb is if you can try them on in person (i.e. Lenscrafters or the doctor’s office), they’ll gonna cost you $150-200 for a standard (read: cheap) pair of glasses. Want scratch protection? That’s an extra $20. What, you want your own prescription put in, too? That’s an extra $50.
Of course, you can get ’em online for much cheaper, but you also can’t try them on to see how they look, and most companies don’t have very good return policies.
Enter Warby Parker, a site a friend from work told me about. All of their glasses are $95 which includes free shipping, free returns, and free anti-glare and scratch protection. They have a nifty photo uploader thing so you can see what they look like on your face. You can even try them on at home, for free, although that option wasn’t available to me “due to unprecedented demand.”
And for every pair they sell, they donate an extra pair to someone in need. How cool is that?
I got my Roosevelts last week and I love ’em. I sheepishly took them to my local eyewear shop for a free adjustment, which got me thinking about how maybe this is the future of retail. No one actually buys things in stores; it’s just a space to find out what size you take in Keds so you can order them on zappos, or a place to get the microwave you bought from ebay fixed.