AccessNow, Icon & Google Team Up for Trails & Parks Accessibility Initiative

/// Photo Op: AccessNow in action, July 7 at 10 a.m., Sugar Beach, 11 Dockside Dr. ///

TORONTO, July 4, 2017 /CNW/ - Starting in July AccessNow will take an Icon handcycle equipped with a streetview camera through the Pan Am Path. The first commission by will work towards mapping accessibility of the trail and enhancing access to outdoor spaces for people of all abilities. After processing, the mapping research will be live in Google Maps.

"Recreational and green spaces make up such an important part of our city's landscape and its important that we all have access to enjoy them," says Maayan Ziv, founder of AccessNow. "This project is really about exploring how accessible the Pan Am Path is for people with disabilities through the use of technology.  We are not only mapping access, but are creating awareness about the importance of access to parks and trails for all."

First photos of the custom Icon Explore handcycle:

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The overall art + active living program on the 80 km Pan Am Path has been made possible by the Toronto Foundation, Ontario Trillium Foundation, Government of Ontario, Toronto Arts Council, StreetARToronto, Community Foundations of Canada, the Government of Canada, Arts in the Park, The Toronto Star, and the Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund. Special thanks to the City of Toronto, Toronto and Region Conservation and Friends of the Pan Am Path.

About AccessNow
AccessNow uses crowdsourcing to collect and share accessibility information of places around the world. Founded by Maayan Ziv in Toronto, the tool is designed to empower one billion people around the world who live with disabilities, and millions of others, information on the accessibility status of places. Users can search for specific locations, such as a restaurant, hotel, or office, or browse the app to discover accessibility nearby. If information is not already available on the AccessNow map, users have the ability to add their own information, contributing to a global community of activists working to create a world with greater access for all.

SOURCE Friends of the Pan Am Path

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