The Town of Cambridge has recently approved the installation ofÂ Calico outdoorÂ totem fitness poles alongÂ the coastal strip of City andÂ Floreat beaches and aroundÂ Lake Monger. Along the coast,Â theyâ€™ll be placed along the dualÂ pathway at 500 metre intervalsÂ and are used as effort metres toÂ help gauge energy expenditure. Â While I suspect that these are aimed at recreational cyclists, runners and walkers, I can see them being handy in some locations for cyclists with training objectives in mind, e.g, sprinting set distances.
The Town of Cambridge states that
The project aims to developÂ outdoor fitness tracks andÂ activate open spaces.Thereâ€™s also a free onlineÂ service that uses energyÂ expenditure figures, togetherÂ with personal biometrics, toÂ inform users of how muchÂ energy they need to consumeÂ to maintain a healthy weight.Calico will conduct anÂ observational study for threeÂ years to gauge the success ofÂ this new health concept.
Itâ€™s aÂ great way for residents to getÂ extra exercise into their dailyÂ routine and you can take in theÂ great reserves and parks that areÂ available right in your backyardÂ at the same time!The initiative supports the Townâ€™sÂ Strategic Plan by enhancingÂ the use of public open spaces,Â improving beaches and reservesÂ and encouraging a wide range ofÂ physical activity in these areas.
The poles are expected to beÂ installed in August this year .