(photo credit: KKL-JNF)
A KKL-JNF initiative to involve cyclists in protecting and maintaining KKL-JNF forests and sites in the Judean Hills resulted in KKL-JNF's new volunteer bike patrol, who met for the first time and learned about KKL-JNF and their new duties.
Yaakov, from Rishon Letziyon, and Hila, from Nes Tziyona, said that for them, cycling was a common hobby: "It's a way to get to know the country, and by volunteering, we're also protecting nature and giving, not just taking."
Erez from Modi'in and Ran, a biking instructor and a member of the Shimshon Riders Club, heard about the bike patrol from Gidi Bashan. "I'm a neat freak," Ran said, "and the patrol will allow me to do what I love, which is bike riding, and at the same time to help keep our forests clean. We really appreciate KKL-JNF's investment in bike trails, KKL-JNF is definitely number one in the field."
Guy, a journalist from Jerusalem said that he was tired of just complaining about how people behave in nature and their lack of environmental awareness. "It doesn't mean that I'll stop complaining, but at least I'll also be doing something about it."
The day concluded with an extremely informative lecture by Gidi Bashan on the Judean Hills region. Gidi noted that this had also been the first region to offer a single to bike riders. "If the bike patrol works out," Gidi said to the group, "we want to see similar initiatives in the north and south. You are the pioneers."
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