Furthermore launch new app to promote walking
Classic and hidden walks in various areas of London are set to become more popular and easier to find for locals with the launch of a new app, Go Jauntly.
A free community-based app, Go Jauntly, is the creation of a group of Londoners who all work together at the tech start-up and design studio, Furthermore. It is designed to help people find local walks created by the people who know them, create their own and share them with friends. As recent headlines have shown, busy lives and desk jobs make it difficult to live healthily and modern life is harming the health of the nation.
The app uses beautiful imagery and narrative to easily guide people along the route making it much simpler and more accessible than a traditional map. Powered by Transport for London's open data, Londoners will also be also be able to keep a track of London-wide air pollution levels through the app. A recent study by TfL shows that Londoners make 3.6 million daily journeys by car, motorcycle, taxi or public transport that could be walked, at least in part. The Go Jauntly team were motivated by this and all the compounding science and evidence that highlights the health and wellness benefits of walking.
The walks that have been created for the launch of the app include walks in South-East London’s ancient cemeteries with great views to strolls through Richmond park, or even hidden gems a little more centrally in Regents Park. There are over 7,000 minutes of walks in the app with 40 in London and others Suffolk and Kent. These initial walks are in the app to encourage people to go and explore outdoors but also to inspire people to create their own and share them with other Go Jauntly members.
Today the public beta V1.0 is launched in the UK's Apple App store following successful testing with a bank of private beta users. The team are now focussed on additional functionality to take the app out of beta.
Dr Miles Richardson from the University of Derby who is leading a research package for the Improving Wellbeing through Urban Nature (IWUN) study which aims to find out more about how Sheffield’s natural environment can improve the health and wellbeing of the city’s residents has been helping to advise and beta test Go Jauntly said:
The next steps are to continue working on additional features, further integration of Transport for London’s (Tfl) open data, building up the community, adding more walks from further afield and organising some real-life local jaunts where everyone is welcome to tag along.