Omaha woman coordinates bike rides for visually impaired

Posted at 7:01 PM, Aug 22, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-22 20:01:29-04

An Omaha woman who has been blind all her life in organize bike rides for people just like her.

Melissa Saltzman has been blind since birth, but she says her story doesn't begin there.

"My story begins in the back of a baby carrier on the back of my parents bicycle," she said. "When I was 3 years old, we would ride around the neighborhood, and I loved the breeze blowing in my face. I loved everything about biking."

That passion has pedaled on into adulthood.

Since May, she has coordinated a handful of tandem bike ride through Outlook Nebraska. The nonprofit aims to positively impact those who are blind or visually impaired. Part of that is at their Omaha-based warehouse that converts recycled paper products. Another part of that, is through enrichment programs like the tandem bike club.

"When you are visually impaired, you a lot of times will be isolated or you might not think you can do a physical activity. We wanted to give people an opportunity for physical activity," Rachel Carver with Outlook Nebraska says.

To sign up, donate to the program, or find out more at