How the Program Works
For piloting & riding tandem — Training provide by J2R. For help with advertising and fundraising, for ideas, for anything! Just let us know how you would like to be a part!
We will start the program on the paved route of the Betsie Valley Trail between Frankfort & Crystal Lake, possibly expanding further later. Rides could be 10 minutes to an hour, depending on what the riders and pilots agree! Speed will be approximately 6-8mph to fully enjoy the fresh air and scenery of the trail.
Approximately May ‐ October (more or less depending on weather).
We are always in need of raising funds to continue the free program. From recruiting volunteers & participants, to storage, transportation, maintenance, supplies (helmets, signs, forms, marketing), the insurance for bikes, volunteers, & riders, and of course to purchase another bike or two for more people to enjoy the trail!
The Duet™ is an orthopedically shaped fiberglass wheelchair attached to the back half of a bicycle with a battery assist pack to aid on hills and to provide a smoother ride. The chair has good suspension and light handling, and its off road tires are excellent on gravel and dirt tracks if needed. There are twin drum brakes on the chair’s wheel, and a back‐ pedal brake on the cycle wheel.
The bikes can accommodate both a “pilot” rider up to 275 pounds and a passenger up to 275 pounds. The bikes will have battery powered motor assist, which enables trained volunteer “pilots” of all ages and athletic ability to volunteer to pedal and not worry about being “strong enough” to pilot the vehicle.
The DUET has been safety tested and has passed US and Canadian government regulations.