Beat the Street Forth & Clyde gets Bonnybridge, Camelon and Kilsyth residents more active
A report on Beat the Street Forth and Clyde that took place across the towns of Bonnybridge, Camelon and Kilsyth last year has shown that the initiative was successful in helping adults and children to become more active and also had a positive impact on mental health.
Beat the Street Forth and Clyde was one of Intelligent Health’s smaller games and took place in September and October 2020. A total of 2,185 people took part and together walked, ran, rolled and cycled 15,275 miles during the four-week game, scoring points by travelling between special sensors called Beat Boxes placed approximately half a mile apart.
Prior to the game, 27% of adults were less active, that is, did not achieve the government’s recommended guideline of 150+ minutes a week of physical activity. Following Beat the Street, there was a 15% decrease in the proportion of adults reporting being less active. There was also a 19% increase in the proportion of adults achieving 150+ minutes of activity per week. The survey also revealed that the Beat the Street game had a positive impact on mental health among adult players.
During registration, only 21% of children met the Chief Medical Officer’s physical activity guidelines of 60 minutes every day. Following Beat the Street, there was a 10% decrease in the proportion of children reporting being less active and the proportion of children reporting meeting the Chief Medical Officer’s physical activity guidelines increased by 4%.
As well as helping people get more active, another aim of Beat the Street Forth and Clyde was to increase footfall along the Forth & Clyde canal, particularly active travel. In general, there was a 12% increase in residents using the canals daily; there was an 11% increase in the proportion of residents walking along the canals daily and a 5% increase in residents cycling along the canals daily.
Many players reported that Beat the Street had helped get the whole family moving together. One player said: “As I work in a school it helped me to exercise as the children encouraged me to join in. It also helped me bond even more with the children and it gave a sense of community as we were all working together.”
A child player added: “Beat the Street helped encourage us to go out as a family and use the car less on our school runs.”
Beat the Street Forth and Clyde is delivered by Intelligent Health on behalf of the Central Canals Development Project, co-ordinated by the Green Action Trust and funded by the Kelvin Valley and Falkirk LEADER Programme and Paths for All’s Smarter Choices, Smarter Places Open Fund.
Andy Macpherson, the Green Action Trust’s development officer, added: “During this COVID-19 pandemic, it’s more essential than ever that we do all we can to encourage people to get active outside, in green spaces and along our beautiful waterways. We’ve been delighted to see the impact of the Beat the Street game, including raised awareness of how the towpath can play a part in people’s commutes and daily walks, and also to hear positive feedback from so many players on the way the initiative has helped them to create healthy lifestyle habits.”
Could Beat the Street help your town get more active? Please get in touch with us for more information!