How can we encourage active lifestyles in Britain?


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What are the barriers to people participating in physical activity in open spaces?

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The best ideas can win a slice of £100 000 in funding to develop innovative ventures that make best use of Ordnance Survey data, including OS OpenData and OS OpenSpace, technology and good design to address the problems

The problems are grouped into 6 main themes:

Theme 1: First hurdles
Theme 2: Knowledge and communication
Theme 3: Enabling new behaviours
Theme 4: Planning and measuring
Theme 5: Financial barriers
Theme 6: Infrastructure, Assets and Resources

Please state which theme your ideas addresses.

The challenge runs from 7 November 2013 to the new extended deadline of 15 January 2014 (12noon).
(@mikegogan)

How can we encourage active lifestyles in Britain?

Malvern Hills – A Virtual Experience

We will build a 3D interactive map of the Malvern Hills AONB (designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty). The map will enable prospective visitors to the area to familiarise themselves with the upland, valley and lowland terrains, walks, bridleways, quiet lanes and all the facilities on offer before they come. When we refer to visitors, we include walkers of all abilities, cyclists, runners and all others who will ...more »

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43 votes
(@susie.dunham)

How can we encourage active lifestyles in Britain?

My Active Travel Challenge: create your own 'heat' map

An online Active Travel Challenge would create a competition between workplaces, schools, Universities, teams and individuals through allowing them to log the journeys they make actively online. They would compete for prizes through real time leader boards, a personal dashboard, and through a virtual journey (i.e. an illustrated journey which would map their progress against a pre-defined route such as climbing Mount ...more »

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38 votes
(@susie.dunham)

How can we encourage active lifestyles in Britain?

My Great Escape: build your own adventure

A simple open source mapping program that people can use to create their own personalised ‘active adventures’ in and around the city, using OS and other open sourced data layers. The mapping program will enable users to: • Create alternative walking and cycling commuter routes • Create their own adventure maps People would be supported to use the program as part of outreach projects with school, workplaces and communities ...more »

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33 votes
(@alastair.corbett)

How can we encourage active lifestyles in Britain?

Walking is the Best Medicine:analysing & improving local routes

Our project plans to use enhanced network analysis to target investment in everyday walking routes and thereby encourage more walking by inactive people. The phrase "Walking is man's best medicine," allegedly spoken by Hippocrates two millennia ago, is just as relevant today. It is particularly true in industrialised societies where new technologies have not only changed the way we work but, even more profoundly, have ...more »

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27 votes
(@allie0)

How can we encourage active lifestyles in Britain?

Novel Walk: A playful mobile experience

We have been thinking about what people respond to in life. What makes people engage and change their behaviour and what captures their imaginations. For us we believe stories and physicalising content might be the answer to this challenge. We wish to mix the art of storytelling with technology and geography, interweaving it into our local surroundings. The experience would be delivered through a mobile app and would ...more »

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13 votes
(@ian.mccall)

How can we encourage active lifestyles in Britain?

Paths for All health walk finder

An online resource, for desktop, tablet and mobile platforms, that will effectively provide information about health walks in Scotland for both the public and professionals.

 

This will enable more people to adopt active behaviour and support the key role Paths for All has in delivering the Scottish Government’s Physical Activity Strategy and Physical Activity Implementation Plan. http://www.pathsforall.org.uk/

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13 votes
(@nicholas.michell03)

How can we encourage active lifestyles in Britain?

Green Flag programme for outdoor activity areas.

The Foundation For Environmental Education have successfully implemented the Blue Flag Beach scheme for almost 30 years. In that time the cleanliness, safety and usage of the worlds beaches have improved beyond measure. This type of award could be adapted to outdoor space such as community areas, public parks and incorporated by organisations such as the National Trust. Under the scheme an area must meet a set of standards ...more »

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11 votes
(@kimbrown)

How can we encourage active lifestyles in Britain?

Nature Engagement Tool

Getting out and about in the great outdoors is a challenge for some people, especially for those that experience such conditions as depression or physical limitations. At times, barriers to activity can be more psychological than physical - therefore the idea is to create a tool that helps people engage with nature. It will do this through providing them with insight into what barriers they have established and what ...more »

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9 votes
(@taylor)

How can we encourage active lifestyles in Britain?

‘Sportable’ – Find local all-ability sports clubs and groups

A searchable online map- and list-based tool that enables disabled people to find local all-ability sports groups in their area. The website will leverage information on the AccessAdvisr Community Pages (www.accessadvisrcommunity.net); which our team has already brokered for Milton Keynes, Nottingham and Lowestoft; and display it on OS Open Layers maps. The site will display nicely on both tablets and PCs, and we may ...more »

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8 votes
(@nicholas.michell03)

How can we encourage active lifestyles in Britain?

Create a series of Play Boxes in green public spaces

Play Boxes are small units filled with equipment aimed at encouraging participation in informal, fun physical activity. They would be located in public parks and green spaces and found via GPS mapping. Each Play Box would display an Augmented Reality panel which smart phone users could use to view a demonstration video of physical games and movement ideas that could be played with the equipment available and the natural ...more »

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7 votes
(@benlowe)

How can we encourage active lifestyles in Britain?

ActiveOS: a map-driven, searchable, activity-events index.

ActiveOS will be a free web resource that will allow anyone to search and find suitable outdoor activity events in their chosen locality. It will provide a national index of all outdoor events from nature walks to triathlons. It will be free to the user and easy to navigate and search. We believe that this resource will help people of all ages and abilities to achieve their physical activity goals (whether this be ...more »

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6 votes
(@taylor)

How can we encourage active lifestyles in Britain?

UrbanStroll - get prompted to go walking in your lunch hour

Speaking from personal experience I have my lunch break 'Al-Desko' far too often, and I don't think I am alone based on discussions with my friends and colleagues. I do this despite knowing about the stress, health, productivity and exercise benefits of walking on a regular basis (I am a travel behaviour change specialist!) and that there are high quality urban walking routes on traffic-free canals just minutes from ...more »

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6 votes
(@kevincressy)

How can we encourage active lifestyles in Britain?

Random Orienteering Urban Trail Experience

Random Orienteering Urban Trail Experience Finder- “R.O.U.T.E. Finder” To encourage people to get walking to get fit. This application (for both mobile and desktop) would utilise points of interest (POI) data to create a random walking route of a specified distance and terrain. Users would need to find each POI in the correct order to complete the route. A website would be created to create routes. When setting ...more »

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5 votes
(@andrew1)

How can we encourage active lifestyles in Britain?

Car Park Play

Get more people physically active by getting them to incorporate more walking in their everyday lives, and offer more opportunities for playing outdoors close to where they live. Surface car parking is a contentious topic: - revenue earner for local authorities as well as commercial companies - enticement to shop at specific stores, town centres, or for workers to reach workplaces or for commuters to use rail - private ...more »

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5 votes