In the news: Basildon welcomes Street Tag - get active and rediscover your borough
Residents are being encouraged to walk, run or cycle more using the Street Tag app to keep track of their physical activity.
Basildon Council has partnered with Street Tag to encourage more people to take up physical activity and get local communities moving more. Street Tag is a family friendly app, rewarding friends, families and individuals for being active. Residents gain virtual points every time they go for a walk, run or bike ride and move up their local leader board.
The Street Tag app has launched with virtual tags all over the borough of Basildon, encouraging people to explore our town centres, parks, neighbourhoods and open spaces every time they go for a walk, run or cycle. Local businesses have also signed up to Street Tag, encouraging residents to get back outside as we emerge from pandemic and rediscover their high streets - supporting businesses they may not have visited before and bringing life back to our communities.
Cllr Anthony Hedley, Chairman of the Regeneration and Economic Development Committee said: "Street Tag offers local people a fantastic opportunity to increase their physical activity while exploring our incredible borough and supporting local businesses all at the same time. Physical activity gives such a boost to our wellbeing and as we head into the winter months it has never been more important to get out and get active whenever you can.
"After an unprecedented 18 months I am especially grateful to local businesses in the borough who have signed up to Street Tag. Not only are you encouraging local people to get active, you are also showing that the borough is open for business once again."
Street Tag is free to download for Android users in the Google Play Store and Apple users in the Apple Store.
Notes to editors:
Basildon Borough Council is receiving up to £165,814 of funding from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) as part of the Welcome Back Fund (WBF) project up to the end of March 2022. Councils across England are receiving a share £56m of ERDF funding to support the return to high streets safely and help build back better from the pandemic. The purpose of the grant is to support the safe reopening of high streets and other commercial areas and forms part of the wider support government is providing to communities and businesses, to protect jobs, support the most vulnerable and build back better.