Most parents nowadays know that they should take their kids outdoors more. For many, this consists of a stroll around the local park and a quick go on the swings. But what if the trip to the park involved scavenger hunts, den building, outdoor art, bug hunts, blindfold walks, sensory trails, mud pies or storytelling? What if there were a way of enabling parents to turn their local green space into an exciting and engaging ...more »
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).
Tagd turns everyone into an explorer. It is primarily a mobile phone app that allows parents to lay treasure trails for their children, running clubs to create their Hare and Hounds trails, and local community groups to help residents rediscover parks and outdoor spaces. Tagd allows users to create virtual trails but also allows them to lay a physical trail of unique barcodes (generated via our website), and get a ‘reward’ ...more »
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 »
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 »
Medal Routes is an already established project using OS data to encourage people of all ages and backgrounds throughout Scotland to integrate walking into their daily life. Medal Routes are short circular walks from identified walking hubs (15, 30 and 60 minute) – by October 2014 we will have mapped over 360 routes and created 120 walking hubs throughout Scotland. These routes have all been mapped using Open Street and ...more »
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 »
FitSift is an exercise search engine designed to encourage users into exercise and then maintain their interest. All to often we raise our own personal barriers to exercise based upon the weather, our location, or the time that we currently have available to exercise. Equally it is often hard to find the motivation to exercise as the rewards can seem so intangible. FitSift provides the motivation that we need and breaks ...more »
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 »
A map made up from OS data displays all footpath/bridleway data in a bold colour. If no one walks the paths the colour starts to fade and die. Conversely, walking a path restores its health/colour. it is your job as a "player" to keep footpaths alive. Get badges for paths saved. Win bonuses for reporting problems with fences/stiles etc.
Park sports noticeboards are typically well hidden and out-of-date. Activity organisers usually have to produce expensive flyers and hope that people see them. Most park facilities cannot be booked online, you have to call and often are left frustrated. There's a better way - think online noticeboard for parks, updated in real-time so that users can easily book the facilities and activities online. Examples include tennis ...more »
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 »
Remember Choose Your Own Adventure books? Where the fate of the hero lies in your hands? Will you choose to go through the woods, back to the boat or fight the double-headed dragon? Well, now you get to do it all again. But this time you’re the hero, and it’s in real life.
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/
It's obvious that Walking is one of the most participatory outdoor activities in the UK. It is also true that children today are immersed in the attractions of Technology. If these could be combined with a potential for a learning experience which was outdoors and additionally link and enrich the communities we all pass through as Walkers. There are 15 major trails across the UK (Cotswold Way, Pennine Way etc) totalling ...more »
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 »