By Sean Adams

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) – Visually impaired cyclists on tandem bikes are participating in a 5-borough, 24-hour relay – to raise awareness and money.

LISTEN: WCBS 880’s Sean Adams reports from Manhattan

As they pedal, they will drink in the sounds and smells of the city.

The six visually impaired cyclists ride on tandem bikes with sighted partners.

“The Lighthouse is a great organization. They’re just trying to raise awareness for vision loss and try to raise money for research,” 20-year-old Caitlin Sarooby told WCBS 880 reporter Sean Adams.

“The challenges of vision loss for so many people are very overwhelming and it’s really important to really get out there and try to stay in shape and meet the world head-on,” says writer and journalist Peter Slaton.

Lighthouse International president Mark Ackerman says a million people in the New York metropolitan area have a vision problem and the number is growing.

“People, as they begin to age, with age-related macular degeneration and other diseases… diabetes is a very big issue,” says Ackerman.

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