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 »
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).
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 »
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 »
Walks.IO is an outdoor activity planning service for discovering the beautiful open spaces and heritage sites which are located within easy reach from the location of user. It uses artificial intelligence (ant colony simulation) and open data for generating circular walks of a given length that attempt to go within the most scenic paths. A web based demo can already be found at http://www.walks.io
Members of the community/small local businesses can sponsor their local open area/park with small monthly contributions. The money is used on improvements for the park which are decided by the local community such as sporting equipment which are useable by everyone
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 »
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 »
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 »
Woof Woof Walkies - dog walkers take the lead in combatting inactivity and loneliness. Many people want to start walking, or get out, to meet others but they need a push or pull - Woof Woof Walkies, we believe provides an answer. Dogs attract people and are an easy passport to talking to strangers / others Recruit volunteer dog owners / walkers to tag their dog lead to map their regular dog walking routes so that others ...more »
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 »
All across the country there are smallholdings, farms, B&Bs, gardens, woodlands and more all crying out for someone to spend some time looking after them.
In exchange for some board and lodging (or discounts on it), GoodBreak-ers will come and help out. They get time in the outdoors, learning new things, and time to explore the local area; hosts get things done!
While there are many route websites available, they often have many routes with poor descriptions (e.g. tonight's run) or perhaps elaborate route description with no maps or route information. This information is also quite disparate. This idea locates these in one place.
The ability to read and contribute to dynamic interpretation while out and about.
Many interpretation panels based on wildlife site soon become out of date and can't always reflect the seasonal flora and fauna likely to be encountered. This idea would tackle these issues and allow users to not only contribute and upload their own wildlife records, but dynamically change information specific to the site they are at.
Specific cycling navigation solutions and training. A development of maps that can be read and used while hands are on handlebars. Smaller maps that can be put in a pocket or mounted to a handlebar map board. Maps that highlight the cycleways, permissive paths, and rights of way much better. A campaign to help road and mountain bikers stretch out the map and explore new places to go. Get away from the arrows of the Cyclo ...more »
People like to be with people they trust and who have similar likes and goals. Nature networking would help small groups to get together with people having similar fitness levels and abilities and enjoy walks, cycling, canoeing or whatever takes their fancy in small groups that can support and encourage one another.