Southwark to be transformed into a giant walking and cycling game this Autumn

3 September 2018

Southwark is set to be transformed into a giant game this autumn as thousands of residents compete to see if their school, community or business can walk, run or cycle the furthest.

Running from 19 September to 7 November, Beat the Street is a free, fun challenge where people are rewarded with points and prizes for exploring their city on foot or bicycle.

More than 40 special sensors called ‘Beat Boxes’ will appear across the borough in Peckham, Old Kent Road, Faraday and North Walworth. Players tap the Beat Boxes will cards and fobs to track their journey and earn points for themselves and their team – the more Beat Boxes people swipe the more points they earn.

Schools and community groups across Southwark will be competing against each other to see if they can travel the furthest, climb the leaderboards and win hundreds of pounds worth of sport and fitness equipment. Families are encouraged to play for their local school while the wider community can create their own teams by emailing

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

More than 300,000 people across the UK and Ireland played Beat the Street in 2017 in East London, Dublin, East Sussex, Belfast, Durham and other towns and cities. Beat the Street is being delivered by Intelligent Health on behalf of Southwark Council, Guy’s and St Thomas’ Charity and Transport for London.

Cllr Rebecca Lury, Cabinet Member for Culture, Leisure, Equalities and Communities: “We are incredibly excited to be bringing Beat the Street to Southwark and can’t wait to see how far everyone is able to walk, run, cycle and scoot during the six-week challenge.

“We’ve had some fantastic weather recently so there’s nothing stopping you getting outdoors and making Beat the Street Southwark the best game yet. I hope all Southwark residents don their lycra, lace up their trainers and pound or peddle the streets to rack up those points!”

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

Page last updated: 03 September 2018