Beat the Street – Barrhead and Newton Mearns giant walking and cycling initiative – is off to a running start with residents travelling more than the distance to Australia within the first few days of the game.
More than 5,000 people have walked and cycled 12,000 miles in just one week for Beat the Street – a free competition which challenges people to see how far they can travel around Barrhead and Newton Mearns in return for points and prizes.
Taking place until 29 March, Beat the Street is transforming Barrhead and Newton Mearns into a giant game with players tapping special sensors called Beat Boxes dotted across the two towns. The response to Beat the Street has been incredible with thousands of people visiting libraries to pick up a card and get involved.
Photo: Barrhead Beat The Street Launch at The Foundry with East Renfreshire Provost Jim Fletcher, Sharon Roass (BTS) and Pupils from St John’s and Mearns Primary School
One week into the game, the organisers behind Beat the Street have also announced that if the towns of Barrhead and Newton Mearns travel by the end of the game then £500 will be donated to ACCORD Hospice who deliver much-needed palliative and end of life care for people in Renfrewshire and parts of East Renfrewshire.
Seventween schools and teams in Barrhead and Newton Mearns are competing against each other to see who can journey the furthest and win hundreds of pounds worth of prizes. After one week, Kirkhill Primary School is currently sitting on top of the leaderboards or schools with an incredible 4,900 miles travelled together and ERC Education is on top of the highest average points with players scoring thousands of points– but with five weeks left it is still all to play for.
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.
Councillor Alan Lafferty, East Renfrewshire Convener for Environment, said: “Beat the Street is off to a running start in Barrhead and Newton Mearns. We are delighted to see so many people walking, running and cycling for the competition. There is still time to get involved – pick up a card from your leisure centre or library and start tapping!”
To find out where you nearest distribution centre is – visit beatthestreet.me/barrheadnewtonmearns.