Forget your car, come and Beat the Street in Stevenage

The launch was attended by representatives from Herts County Council, Stevenage Borough Council, Ste

The launch was attended by representatives from Herts County Council, Stevenage Borough Council, Stevenage FC Foundation, outgoing Stevenage mayor Sherma Batson and children from the play centre. - Credit: Archant

An ambitious project is urging people to get active and help Stevenage reach space in just six weeks.

Beat the Street was launched by Herts County Council at St Nicholas Play Centre last Friday.

It starts on Wednesday and challenges people living in the town to earn points by walking and cycling more for the next six weeks.

Outgoing Stevenage mayor Sherma Batson was at the launch and said: “It is a great idea to encourage people from a young age to do more exercise and to be more healthy and the fact that it is a game makes it fun and competitive.”

People will have cards which they can scan at various sensors – called Beat Boxes – that will be placed around the town.


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The more they travel, the more points they will earn. And the highest scoring group will win a share of the £10,000 prize pot.

Four towns in the county are taking part in the project which ends on Wednesday, July 15.

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If between them they walk 500,000 miles – roughly the distance to space – a £1,000 donation will be made to each town’s chosen charity.

You can collect cards from libraries, leisure centres and GP practices. For more email team.herts@beatthestreet.me.

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