Poole transformed into giant walking and cycling game this Autumn

Poole and Purbeck are set to be transformed into a giant game this Autumn as thousands of residents compete to see if their school, community or business can walk, run or cycle the furthest.

Running from 3 October to 14 November, Beat the Street is a free, fun challenge where people are rewarded with points and prizes for exploring their area on foot or bicycle.

Dozens of special sensors called ‘Beat Boxes’ will appear across Poole and Purbeck. 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 the more points they earn.

Schools and community groups across Poole and Purbeck will be competing against each other to see if they can travel the furthest, climb the leaderboards and win hundreds of pounds worth of prizes. Families are encouraged to play for their local school while the wider community can create their own teams by emailing team.pooleandpurbeck@beatthestreet.me. 

Beat the Street is being delivered by Intelligent Health and is funded by The National Lottery through Sport England and Public Health Dorset. 

In addition to the leaderboard prizes, registered players can also win ‘Lucky Tap’ prizes for playing along – including sports and fitness vouchers and experience days.

Cllr John Challinor, Borough of Poole’s Portfolio Holder for Communications, Leisure, Public Health & Strategic Commercialisation said: “We are excited to be bringing Beat the Street to the area and can’t wait to see how far everyone is able to walk, run, cycle and scoot during the six-week 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. 

Cllr Bill Pipe, Purbeck District Council’s Communities and Involvement Portfolio Holder said: “We are very lucky to live in the beautiful county of Dorset. Purbeck has many wonderful open spaces to go and explore. I fully encourage everyone to get involved in Beat the Street.”

Want to find out more about Beat the Street? Visit beatthestreet.me/pooleandpurbeck for more information. 

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