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Beat the Street players clock up 40,000 miles with 11,500 players taking part

Players in the Beat the Street game taking place across Motherwell, Wishaw, Bellshill and Shotts can clock up double points this week.

This week is ‘Go Travel’ week where people are encouraged to think about walking or cycling to work or school rather than taking the car.

And that means they can get double points for checking in on Beat Boxes during traditional commuting hours.

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Participants in the game have already racked up nearly 40,000 miles and more than 11,500 people have signed up to take part.

The free game encourages people to make small lifestyle changes and to incorporate more physical activity into their daily lives.

The aim is to help people explore their local areas and to get outdoors into green space safely, to ditch the car and to walk, scoot, wheel, cycle or run instead.

And there’s still time to get involved in the game, with organisers particularly keen to hear from local workplace and community teams.

to get involved, simply collect a card and map from one of the distribution points listed on the website, join a team and start playing.

There are total and average points leaderboards for schools, community teams and charities with vouchers for the teams that travel the furthest.

Players can also help St Andrew’s Hospice to get a £500 donation simply by walking, cycling and rolling as far as possible.

Mossend Primary School currently tops the total points leaderboard while FRIENDS tops the average points leaderboard.

Craig Bridges, from Getting Better Together at Shotts Healthy Living Centre, said locals loved having Beat the Street in town,

He told Lanarkshire Live: “It has been great to see more kids walking to school and cycling around the town to the different Beat Boxes.

“There’s always an excitement when you get to the next Beat Box and scan your card.

“We are an organisation who do work to promote positive attitudes towards sustainable transport choices and Beat the Street has been a great resource for engaging with the community and helping change behaviours.”

Taking place until October 27, Beat the Street is transforming the towns of Motherwell, Wishaw, Bellshill and Shotts into a real-life game with players tapping 43 special sensors called Beat Boxes dotted across the town.

Beat the Street is brought to you by North Lanarkshire Council, Smarter Choices, Smarter Places, and Paths for All. It is delivered by Intelligent Health.

Councillor leader Jim Logue said: “We are really enjoying seeing people getting out and playing the game.

“It’s great to see people of all ages making the most of the game while it’s here to help incorporate an hour of physical activity into their daily routines.”

To find out more about the Beat the Street game, including where to collect a card, head online or social media @BTSNorthLan.

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