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Call out for Peterborough residents to feed-in to development of new travel app

Health & Wellbeing Volunteering
The independent charity Peterborough Environment City Trust has teamed up with Meniscus, Anglia Ruskin University, and Loughborough University to launch a brand new app-development project in Peterborough called Hyperlocal Rainfall, funded by Innovate UK.

The project is looking to deliver a brand new phone app that will help people to make informed decisions about travel around Peterborough, by providing up-to-the-minute and hyper-localised weather forecasts, enabling users to walk and cycle more by taking the weather into account and hence improve their health and wellbeing.

“By delivering very accurate rainfall forecasts specific to a location or planned journey, this project looks to help the residents of Peterborough when they are walking and cycling around the city,” explains Project Officer Freya Herman. “We also intend for there to be incentives for app-users, such as vouchers for local shops.”

The project will use a combination of real time radar-based rainfall data with real time wind speed and direction data, in addition to historic rainfall information to deliver these predictions, which will be made available to residents via a free mobile phone app.

Now the search is on for members of the public to get involved with the development of the app, by participating in idea-generating and feedback sessions! If you are interested in walking or cycling more but are a bit put off by wet weather, please do get in touch to see how you can be involved in the project focus groups that will be held between November and January 2016.

Individual discussions will take place 30th  November and 1st December, with group discussions later in December and January in Peterborough city centre.

To get involved, call Freya Herman on 01733 882545 or email [email protected]. For more information visit www.pect.org.uk.