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About the Active Swindon Challenge

The Active Swindon Challenge is a new app-based motivational tool that will encourage residents, workers and visitors to walk, cycle and take public transport.  Users compete as individuals or teams and gain points that contribute towards prizes and rewards.

How do I play?

The Active Swindon Challenge app is available to download in the Apple App store and on Google Play. Once you download the app and register, competitors can record journeys in the app where the car has been left behind in favour of walking / running, cycling / scooting, and taking public transport.

Download on the App Store

Get it on Google Play

You will gain points for the journeys you make – whether it’s the commute, walking to school, popping to the shops, nipping around a friend’s house or taking the dog for a walk.  The points will build up and you can watch your progress on the individual and team leaderboards.  There are also themed challenges to join to give you extra motivation over various periods of time.

Q+A

Where is my verification email?

If you don’t receive a verification email, please check your junk mail folder / promotions folder (Gmail).

How do I earn points?

Points are awarded on distance travelled, but there are more points on offer if you have put more effort into the journey.  For example, you will gain:

  • 20 points per mile for walking and cycling
  • 7 points per mile for taking a bus or train
  • 1 point per mile for going by car

Additionally there are 10 additional points if you replace a car journey, and 50 additional points for completing one of the sub-challenges.

I can’t switch activity from bus to other modes

This happens when the user has not granted location permission to the App. Without this permission, the app cannot track user activity so the page is essentially disabled and the user feels they cannot switch between modes.  To overcome this, simply go to the mobile phone settings and enable location access for the app.

How do you define “replacing a car journey”?

This is subjective, but if you could have made the journey by a car, but went by sustainable transport, then you have replaced the car journey with walking, cycling or taking public transport.  For example, if you are walking the dog, or heading out purely to walk or cycle for exercise, then no, you did not replace a car journey.  If you are going to a destination, and could have got a taxi, a lift or taken your own car, but chose not to, then we think this classifies as replacing a car journey.

What are the sub-challenges?

To keep up your interest, we have various challenges sprinkled through the period – such as making one off journeys by bike, taking public transport a certain number of times in a given period, or even being the designated driver at weekends!  You can join up to 5 challenges simultaneously and if you successfully complete the challenge, you will gain 50 extra points and be entered into a prize draw.  If you don’t complete the challenge, it will simply expire.

Can I create my own team?

Absolutely – We want to see an array of teams, from schools, groups, friends, family, workplaces and residential communities competing together.  There are some teams already set up that you can join by hitting the “join” button on the screen of the team.  To create a team, use the menu from the home screen and select “Create team”.  On the team leaderboard, the team’s points will be the total number of points collected by the team, divided by the number of members in that team.

There are no prizes for teams, except glory at reaching the top of the leaderboard, or beating your rival teams.

When does the challenge start and end?

We launched the Active Swindon Challenge on 18th January 2022  and the app is ready to download on both iOs and android devices.

The first challenge period initially ran until the end of April 2022. We are now evaluating the impact of that first phase but players can still log journeys and compete on the leaderboards.  The weekly prizes will be on pause, but there are a variety of sub-challenges to join for the rest of the year.

For example:

Challenge Name Task Period
Walk to School Week Complete a walk 16th -20th May 2022
Jubilee Joy Take a walk over the 4 day Jubilee period 2nd – 5th June 2022
Bike Week Complete a 5-mile bike ride 6th – 12th June 2022
Catch the bus week Record 2 bus trips 4th – 10th July 2022
Schools Out! Walk or cycle ten times through the summer holidays 23rd July – 1st September 2022
Step up September Complete 20 walks 1st September – 30th September 2022
Travelwise week Replace 2 car trips with walking, cycling or public transport 16th  -22nd September 2022
Schools Out 2 Walk, cycle or take public transport at least once over the October school half term 20th – 30th October 2022
Firework Fever Complete a 5-mile cycle ride 5th November 2022
Black Friday Saving Make a car-free trip Friday 25th November 2022
Boxing Day Bust Out Complete a 3-mile walk Monday 26th December 2022
Happy New You! Replace 14 car trips with walking, cycling or public transport 1st – 31st January 2023

How can I win a prize?

You need to record activity in Swindon and be gaining points to be in with a chance of winning.  We use a random number generator to pull the winners from all those eligible.

Winners of the sub-challenges will get a themed prize.  We may also have random prize blitzes, so look out for these!

What are the prizes?

We know you enjoy the thrill of a little reward here and there so we have been randomly rewarding two lucky players with t-shirts, waterbottles and “Tony’s Chocoloney” chocolate each week.  There’s also been an additional weekly prize draw to win a £50 Love to Shop voucher.

From May onwards, we will have random prize blitzes and will announce these on social media, as well as the prizes for the themed challenges, which will be tailored for the challenge. (Make sure you follow us on Twitter (@swindon_travel) and Facebook (@swindontravelchoices).

Winners will be contacted by email, and their details posted at the bottom of the page.

Can I play if I don’t live in Swindon?

Yes, you can download the app and log journeys from anywhere in the UK, but only journeys made in Swindon will be eligible to win prizes.  This means that people who live outside the borough but who work in Swindon, or visit Swindon and log journeys here will be eligible for prizes.

Beyond 2022?

We will keep the app operational so you can continue to motivate yourself by recording journeys and competing on the leaderboards.  We intend to bring back “flash challenges” through the year, with themed prizes.

We’ll update this page regularly so call back soon to find out more!

Winners!

Week One (26/1/22)

  • SD92 – Wins goody pack (t-shirt, chocolate and water bottle)
  • Working Mum – Wins goody pack (t-shirt, chocolate and water bottle)
  • Sunshine – Wins the £50 Love to Shop voucher

Week Two (2/2/22)

  • Cadman – Wins goody pack (t-shirt, chocolate and water bottle)
  • lenah – Wins goody pack (t-shirt, chocolate and water bottle)
  • Mac – Wins the £50 Love to Shop voucher

Week Three (9/2/22)

  • Swindonperson – Wins goody pack (t-shirt, chocolate and water bottle)
  • Parkerg – Wins goody pack (t-shirt, chocolate and water bottle)
  • Farmer Giles – Wins the £50 Love to Shop voucher

Week Four (16/2/22)

  • Calisneath – Wins goody pack (t-shirt, chocolate and water bottle)
  • Muddster – Wins goody pack (t-shirt, chocolate and water bottle)
  • Deb502 – Wins the £50 Love to Shop voucher

Week Five (23/2/22)

  • Dooster12Wins goody pack (t-shirt, chocolate and water bottle)
  • DJWins goody pack (t-shirt, chocolate and water bottle)
  • robin – Wins the £50 Love to Shop voucher

Week six (2/3/22)

  • treebeez47- Wins goody pack (t-shirt, chocolate and water bottle)
  • hrhvWins goody pack (t-shirt, chocolate and water bottle)
  • Tracey – Wins the £50 Love to Shop voucher

Week seven (9/3/22)

  • andrewbarron464 – Wins goody pack (t-shirt, chocolate and water bottle)
  • denmikeWins goody pack (t-shirt, chocolate and water bottle)
  • denise – Wins the £50 Love to Shop voucher

Week eight (16/03/22)

  • DH1968 – Wins goody pack (t-shirt, chocolate and water bottle)
  • michelleWins goody pack (t-shirt, chocolate and water bottle)
  • FluffyFeathers – Wins the £50 Love to Shop voucher

Week nine (23/03/22)

  • mbm25 – Wins goody pack (t-shirt, chocolate and water bottle)
  • JoanneWins goody pack (t-shirt, chocolate and water bottle)
  • Potatochip – Wins the £50 Love to Shop voucher

Week ten (30/3/22)

  • lenah – Wins goody pack (t-shirt, chocolate and water bottle)
  • JudeWins goody pack (t-shirt, chocolate and water bottle)
  • Nerys – Wins the £50 Love to Shop voucher

Week eleven (6/4/22)

  • charris – Wins goody pack (t-shirt, chocolate and water bottle)
  • steveWins goody pack (t-shirt, chocolate and water bottle)
  • quilty37 – Wins the £50 Love to Shop voucher

Week twelve (13/4/22)

  • crayon – Wins goody pack (t-shirt, chocolate and water bottle)
  • Poppy PopsicalWins goody pack (t-shirt, chocolate and water bottle)
  • yvvy09 – Wins the £50 Love to Shop voucher

Week thirteen (20/4/22)

  • Shinai – Wins goody pack (t-shirt, chocolate and water bottle)
  • AJNC1- Wins goody pack (t-shirt, chocolate and water bottle)
  • LuckyL – Wins the £50 Love to Shop voucher

Week fourteen (27/4/22 – Final week)

  • Jase 75 – Wins goody pack (t-shirt, chocolate and water bottle)
  • SN1sie- Wins goody pack (t-shirt, chocolate and water bottle)
  • gemlou87 – Wins the £50 Love to Shop voucher

Challenges

The following win 50 bonus points and a hamper from Bloomfields Deli.

Payday Pedal (Jan) – GarethJ

Weekend walker (Feb) – NP

Love your heart – Wheatos1981

Payday Pedal (Feb) – Petal

Bus bonanza – Samja

Breathe Better – GentleLentil

Happy New You – Thetallguy

Weekend walker (March) – daft bat

Designated driver (17/3) – Sheppy

Payday Pedal (March) – robin

Daylight saving – Deb502

Designated driver (27/3) – Jase75

Bus bonanza 3 – Denise

Breathe Better 3 – gemlou87

Weekend walker (Apri) – GrannieMac61

Designated driver (easter) – Jozo03

Bus bonanza 4 – colinsvjacob

Breathe Better 4 – fineweatherwalker

Final Fling- Swindonperson

Payday Pedal – Active Ania

New challenges for the reminder of 2022

Walk to School Week – lenah (wins hamper)

Jubilee Joy – AJNC1 (wins 2 local walking books)

Bike Week – 5 winners of cycle jerseys:

Cpithers1993
Wheatos1981
Samja
Neunited
robin

Catch the Bus Week – TBC (5 winners of 5 dayrider vouchers)

Schools Out for summer – TBC – £50 love to shop voucher to be won

Step up September – TBC (5 winners of walking books)

Travelwise Week – TBC ()

School’s Out 2 – TBC

Firework fever – TBC

Black Friday Saving – TBC

Boxing Day Bust Out – TBC

Happy New You! – TBC

 

 

 

 

 

 


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