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Southwark to be transformed into a giant walking and cycling game this autumn

Southwark will become the site of a giant game this autumn, as individuals, families, schools and businesses compete to travel as far as they can – not in a vehicle, writes Jessie Kolvin…

For seven weeks from September 19, four areas in Southwark – Peckham, Old Kent Road, Faraday and North Walworth – will be home to the game, called Beat the Street.

Sensors, known as Beat Boxes, will adorn lampposts across the playing area.

Players earn points for themselves, their team and their borough by tapping their registered Beat the Street fobs on the Beat Boxes.

Participants will be able register in teams, which will be ranked in leaderboards.

Winning teams will win sports and fitness equipment worth hundreds of pounds; individuals can also win ‘Lucky Tap’ prizes, which include sports and fitness vouchers and experience days.

The game is delivered by Intelligent Health, a company dedicated to creating active communities, on behalf of Southwark Council, Guy’s and St Thomas’ Charity and Transport for London.

Beat the Street was played by 300,000 people in 2017 in areas including East London, Durham and Dublin.

The initiative won a prize at the recent Nudge Awards for promoting active travel in towns and communities.

Councillor Rebecca Lury, Cabinet Member for Culture, Leisure, Equalities and Communities in Southwark, said: “We are incredibly excited to be bringing Beat the Street to Southwark and can’t wait to see how far everyone is able to walk, run, cycle and scoot during the six-week challenge.

“I hope all Southwark residents don their lycra, lace up their trainers and pound or peddle the streets and rack up those points!”

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