At the last edition of the “Comuni in Cammino” Forum Monteriggioni several accessibility projects along the Via Francigena were shared. Among these initiatives was the "Never Stop!" project by Toscana Hiking Experience.
The amateur sporting association with headquarters in Castelfiorentino introduced the "Joëlette", an off-road wheelchair. The project was realised thanks to locals, public and private institutions and the support of the European Association of Via Francigena Ways.
"The aim of our association has always been that of enabling more people to get to know our territory. The "Never Stop!" project thus came naturally to us, with the objective of gaining health assistance. - explains Nicola Dainelli, president of Toscana Hiking Experience - We presented our first result at the Forum: the Joëlette, an off-road wheelchair. It's not over yet, we're just at the beginning, the funding collection continues; also because we'd like to obtain a very important 'extra' for the Joëlette, especially given its use on the Via Francigena".
The Joëlette is an off-road wheelchair produced by the French firm Ferriol Mattrat, which allows anyone with limited mobility, both adults and children, to hike in mountains, but also to participate in sports races and competitions with the assistance of at least two escorts. To find more information on the "Never Stop!" project, visit www.toscanahiking.it.