Three months ago, the second class of Shibolink—a joint project of the Joint Council’s Shibolim program and Link 20, an initiative of the Ruderman Family Foundation—held its first meeting. The students decided that this year, they would work to maximize the accessibility of nature trails in Israel.
Subsequently, Shibolink submitted a white paper to KKL and the Society for the Protection of Nature in Israel, requesting that they take responsibility for improving trail accessibility and for a new accessibility app.
Although some hiking trails in Israel are accessible, many of these have been only partially modified. Shibolink requested that accessibility be further improved so that individuals with disabilities can get more out of these trails.
Necessary measures include adding signage for blind hikers, producing audio guides, widening trails, dealing with obstacles, and adding information regarding all disability types to nature sites.
The new app will allow hikers throughout Israel to independently update information about trails and to rate them according to level of accessibility. In addition, Shibolink has asked that KKL add accessibility information about trails to its website.