On the path to greater access to New Zealand’s top walkways and cycleways

A photo of a hand holding a phone while on a DOC track Last year we began a fantastic partnership with Halberg Disability Sport Foundation, DOC and Fabriko, looking at New Zealand’s top walkways, cycleways and waterways with accessibility in mind. 2018 saw the mapping and reviewing phase begin, gathering all relevant information into one place.

Together we've now trialled a new mobile app on both walking and biking tracks. This entailed two big weekends, one in Dunedin and then in New Plymouth. Pinch points were measured, access to toilets described, terrain tested for travel by chair, bridge widths noted, and more. Keen volunteers tested the mobile app and a few tweaks were made. Vital information along with photos were loaded onto the app.

We're excited about the possibilities for improved access to these national taonga- this app will enable forward planning with up to date accessibility information- and we’re excited about the possibilities for greater wellbeing for all too. Watch this space!