Registration is now open for Wolverhampton's fantastic new walking, cycling and running game Beat the Street.

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And people young or old are being encouraged to sign up now to take part in the city wide challenge - with some fantastic prizes up for grabs for those clocking up the highest scores.

Players receive points for the distance they travel on foot or bike between special sensors called Beat Boxes which are being erected on lampposts around Wolverhampton.

The miles they complete are recorded by tapping Beat the Street cards - available now from a number of local venues - against Beat Boxes at the start and end of a journey, as well as en route.

There will be 200 Beat Boxes dotted around Wolverhampton, and people who are on their way to school, work, the shops, out with the dog or simply going for a stroll or bike ride with the family are encouraged to play along when the 7 week challenge gets underway on Wednesday (24 February, 2016).

Councillor Sandra Samuels, the City of Wolverhampton Council's Cabinet Member for Public Health and Wellbeing, said: "Beat the Street has been a huge hit when it has taken place in other parts of the country, and we're sure the people of Wolverhampton are going to enjoy playing the game.

"Not only is it great fun and free - with some fantastic prizes also up for grabs - but we're hoping it will inspire people young and old to be more physically active and keep up the walking and cycling when the game finishes.

"I'd encourage everyone to get their special Beat the Street card and sign up today so they can hit the ground walking - or running! - from next week."

Beat the Street takes place across Wolverhampton from Wednesday 24 February until Wednesday 13 April, 2016. To play, please pick up a Beat the Street card from a range of venues, including local libraries, leisure centres, community centres and Wolverhampton Art Gallery, and register online at Type=links;Linkid=6912;Title=Beat the Street;Target=_blank;.

To log journeys, players simply need to tap their card against at least 2 of the 200 Beat Boxes around Wolverhampton. Beat Box locations can be found on the Beat the Street website or on maps available at all card collection points.

Tapping cards against two or more Beat Boxes calculates the total distance travelled with points awarded which will go towards individual or team totals, and towards the city's overall challenge total.

Players can monitor their progress online and top scorers - including teams and individuals - will be in the running for some great prizes, including a share of £5,000 worth of goodies for the teams that travel the furthest. There will also be regular "lucky tap" prizes which people can be in line to win simply by tapping their card against a Beat Box.

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Beat the Street is run by Intelligent Health and founder Dr William Bird who said: "We want to see adults and children across Wolverhampton getting involved and really enjoying the game.

"Whether you're an individual, a business, a voluntary organisation or a team, there are great prizes to be won and the incentive of getting more active."

  • released: Thursday 18 February, 2016