Many trails keep users in the dark. Subjective descriptions, such as “difficult” or “moderate,” do not adequately inform. What is easy for one person may be impossible for another of differing abilities. How can a person with limited abilities know if he or she can access a trail when the way forward is unknown?
Access is a subjective term that can only be determined by each person using objective facts. Trail Access Information (TAI) provides objective information for all paths of travel, enabling users of all abilities to determine what is necessary for completing the journey. TAI serves to illuminate paths of travel, enabling users of all abilities to find the trail that best suits them.
Collection of objective information allows trail managers to determine if they have trails that meet the ABA or USFS guidelines for Accessibility when constructing new trails or reconstructing existing trails. Understanding the objective trail tread conditions will ensure compliance with the latest accessibility guidelines, reduce liability, and increase trail usage.