Worthing, Lancing, Shoreham-by-Sea, Bognor Regis and Littlehampton are set to be transformed into a giant game this summer as thousands of residents compete to see if their school, community group or workplace can walk, run, scoot, or cycle the furthest.
Running from 19 June until 31 July 2019, Beat the Street is a free, fun challenge where participants are rewarded with points and prizes for exploring their town on foot, scooter or bicycle.
More than 120 special sensors called ‘Beat Boxes’ will appear across parts of Coastal West Sussex.
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 during a journey, the more points they earn.
Schools and community groups will be competing against each other to see if they can travel the furthest, climb the leaderboards and win prizes including sports, crafts and book vouchers.
Families are encouraged to play for their local school while the wider community can create their own teams by emailing email@example.com.
In addition to the leaderboard prizes, registered players can also win weekly ‘Lucky Tap’ prizes for playing along – including vouchers and experience days.
Beat the Street is being delivered by Intelligent Health and is funded by West Sussex County Council Public Health, Adur and Worthing Council, Arun District Council and The Conservation Volunteers.
Councillor David Simmons, Adur District Council’s executive member for health and wellbeing said: “As a Council we are committed to encouraging people to get out an about as well as helping them to lead a more active and healthy lifestyle. I think this project provides a great opportunity to take advantage of the improving weather, enjoy our lovely local countryside and make new friends."
Councillor Val Turner, Worthing Borough Council’s executive member for health and wellbeing said: “It’s great to see a free community initiative bringing people together to explore the town and make the most of the summer. I look forward to seeing our local schools take part and wish them the very best of luck with winning some prizes!”
Councillor Gill Yeates, Arun District Council‘s Cabinet Member for Community Wellbeing, said: “Beat the Street is a fantastic way to encourage youngsters and their families to lead a healthier lifestyle. It’s a fun initiative which will get people together in the great outdoors, and hopefully give them an appetite for sport and exercise which will last a lifetime.”
Want to find out more about Beat the Street? Visit beatthestreet.me/coastalwestsussex for more information.