Beat the Street Launches on Glasgow’s Canal!

The wards of Maryhill, Lambhill and Hillhead 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 31 May to 12 July, Beat the Street is a free, fun challenge where people are rewarded with points and prizes for exploring their town on foot, scooter or bicycle.

Nearly 50 special sensors called ‘Beat Boxes’ will appear across Glasgow. 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 team.glasgowcanals@beatthestreet.me.

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

This is the first time the game has taken place in Glasgow with recent games in South Lanarkshire and East Renfrewshire in February that together saw more than 7,000 people participate. Beat the Street is being delivered by Intelligent Health and is funded by Scottish Canals, Glasgow City Council, Scottish Natural Heritage and Paths For All.

Want to find out more about Beat the Street? Visit the website here for more information.

Notes to Editors

About Scottish Canals

Scottish Canals is responsible to the Scottish Government for the management and development of the Union, Monkland, Forth & Clyde, Crinan and Caledonian Canals. As well as the waterways themselves, Scottish Canals care for bridges, buildings, locks, The Falkirk Wheel, The Kelpies and water supply reservoirs in locations across Scotland. The reservoirs cover an area equivalent to 7,494 football pitches and supply the canals with the 332 million litres of water which flow through them each day.

The Forth & Clyde, Union and Monkland canals in the Lowlands, the Crinan Canal in Argyll and the Caledonian Canal in the Highlands together extend over 137 miles from coast to coast, across country and into the cities of Edinburgh, Glasgow and Inverness.

Built two hundred years ago to fire the Industrial Revolution, today the canals contribute to the Scottish Government agenda of developing a Greener; Healthier; Smarter; Safer and Stronger; and Wealthier and Fairer Scotland by acting as a catalyst for sustainable economic development, regeneration and tourism; contributing to education, biodiversity, heritage and promoting active living and healthier lifestyles. The Forth & Clyde, Union, Monkland, Caledonian and Crinan canals are recognised as Scheduled Monuments and attract 22million visits per year.

For more information, visit www.scottishcanals.co.uk or follow @ScottishCanals on Twitter.

For further information about Beat the Street on Glasgow’s canal, please contact:

Niall Norbury at Intelligent Health on niall.norbury@intelligenthealth.co.uk or 0755 723 5497.

Eden Morrison at Scottish Canals on Eden.Morrison@scottishcanals.co.uk or 07976555241.

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