Barrhead and Newton Mearns are set to be transformed into a giant game through February and March as thousands of residents compete to see if their school, community or business can walk, run or cycle the furthest.
Running from 15th February until 29th March, Beat the Street is a free, fun challenge where people are rewarded with points and prizes for exploring their town on foot or bicycle.
More than 40 special sensors called ‘Beat Boxes’ will appear across both Barrhead and Newton Mearns. Players tap the Beat Boxes with cards and fobs to track their journey and earn points for themselves and their team – the more Beat Boxes people swipe during a journey, the more points they earn.
Photo: Barrhead Foundry: Jane McHue and Lauren Crangle
Schools and community groups across both towns will be competing against each other to see if they can travel the furthest, climb the leaderboards and win hundreds of pounds worth of sport and fitness equipment. Families are encouraged to play for their local school while the wider community can create their own teams by emailing email@example.com.
In addition to the leaderboard prizes, registered players can also win weekly ‘Lucky Tap’ prizes for playing along – including sports and fitness vouchers and experience days.
More than 900,000 people have played Beat the Street to date with previous games taking place in London, Dublin, Belfast as well as in Dumfries and North Lanarkshire.
Beat the Street Barrhead & Newton Mearns is being delivered by Intelligent Health on behalf of East Renfrewshire Council with support from Paths for All’s Smarter Choices, Smarter Places programme.
Photo: Cookson Primary School Pupils Harryy Tough and Lucy Combe
Councillor Tony Buchanan, Leader of East Renfrewshire Council, said: “We are incredibly excited to be bringing Beat the Street to Barrhead and Newton Mearns and can’t wait to see how far everyone is able to walk, run, cycle and scoot during the challenge.
“Anyone is able to get involved in Beat the Street – it’s completely free to play and is a great opportunity to go outdoors, spend time with your friends and family and get moving. Watch out for Beat Boxes appearing on a street near you!”
To find out more about Beat the Street, visit beatthestreet.me/barrheadnewtonmearns for more information.