How to Play and Frequently Asked Questions

Beat the Street is a real life walking, cycling and running game for a whole community.  The Beat the Street initiative is being delivered in Colchester by Intelligent Health on behalf of Colchester Borough Council and Livewell Colchester.

The competition will run in Colchester from Wednesday 20 September - Wednesday  8 November 2017.

People score points and win prizes by walking, cycling or running from point to point and tapping a registered and activated Beat the Street RFID (Radio Frequency ID) card or fob on sensors (Beat Boxes) which are placed on lamp posts across the dedicated routes where the game is being played.

A player taps their Beat the Street card or fob at various points on their way to and from work, school and to the shops.

There are also fantastic prizes on offer for individuals and teams! Teams are able to win prizes of up to £400 in Decathlon vouchers on our two leaderboards! Visit the leaderboard page for more information. Registered players can win a prize for a ‘Lucky Tap’ on a Beat Box; all you need to do is get tapping. Don't forget - to be eligible to win a prize, players must be registered.


Q. How does it work?

A. Players record journeys and score points around Colchester, in a bid to win prizes! Walk, cycle or run from point to point, tapping your dedicated Beat the Street card or fob on sensors (Beat Boxes) which are placed on lamp posts and other street furniture across the dedicated routes where the game is being played. 

Tapping a card or fob on the first Beat Box sends the location information to a database. The second Beat Box that is tapped will record a journey. You must tap at least two Beat Boxes within one hour to record a journey and earn 10 points. You can then tap as many Beat Boxes as you can find as you walk, run or cycle around Colchester! There must be a time gap of at least 1 minute between tapping Beat Boxes, or the second box will not register points.

A registered player can see their journey appear on their total mileage, that of their team and on the overall Colchester total. Register your card on this website to be able to see your journeys and points, to join a team and for the chance to win prizes!

Every journey helps the challenge. 

Q. How can I take part?

A. People in Colchester can collect a Beat the Street card from a distribution point from 14 September; click here to find your nearest point on the map or find your nearest point from the list:

Colchester Library Tiptree Library Prettygate Library Greenstead Library
Colchester Leisure World Tiptree Leisure World Highwoods Leisure World Hawthorn Surgery
Abbeyfield Surgery

NB: Cards supplied for parent/carers via a school are not connected to the fob and do need to be registered to collect points for their chosen team; click here to register your card online. School children will be given a fob by their school, as well as an information pack (Parent/Carer Pack) for their family. This includes one spare card for an adult that must be registered online to play. (School children’s fobs do not need to be registered on this website in order to play – all fobs issued to school children are pre-registered to their school).

Q. How do I register?

A. Register your card number on this website by clicking here. Your activation number is on the back of the card and the card number is on the front. Only one card is permitted per person.

Adults and secondary school children must register their Beat the Street cards online on this website to be in with a chance of winning a prize. Primary school children will be allocated fobs pre-registered to their own school team; however, they will need to register their card online to be able to win individual prizes.

Q. How do I get points?

A. Go out for a walk, run or cycle, look for a Beat Box and tap your card or fob on it! Hold it against the Beat Box until the lights flash and you hear a beeping noise. This should take 2-5 seconds and needs to be tapped just once for the lights to flash and your location to be identified.

Continue your journey to tap the next Beat Box to earn points. Remember you must tap your card or fob every time!

If you find another Beat Box within one hour and tap it, you will receive 10 points.  You earn 10 points for every subsequent Beat Box you tap on, as long as Beat Boxes are tapped within one hour of each other!  If more than one hour passes between tapping Beat Boxes, then the next Beat Box you tap will act as a ‘start’ point. The process will begin again.

The more you use your card or fob, the greater your chance of winning a prize and the more you will help the community to complete the race into space.

If a Beat Box doesn’t register points we will be unable to add them at a later date.  In a big competition such as this, a Beat Box may temporarily go down due to the mass participation. We keep an eye on our Beat Boxes and try to get them working within 24 hours of being notified they have stopped working. 

Q. Where are the Beat Boxes?

A. Beat Boxes are positioned across Colchester; click here to view the online map. Locations are primarily chosen based on their proximity to key destinations such as schools, businesses, parks and strategic walking routes. All distances are estimated but on average are around ½ mile apart.

Q. How do I join a team?

A. When you register your card, you will have a choice of teams. Look in the drop down list to find a type of team followed by the name of the team. Players can join any team, and everyone is invited! Get all of your friends and family involved, including brothers, sisters and grandparents.

Q. How do I start a team?

A. If you would like to create a team, please email by 27 September 2017.

Teams will have until midday on 4 October to recruit a minimum of 15 participants. If you fail to do so by that date, your team can still take part in reaching the overall total but your team will not feature on the leaderboard. If your team grows and reaches 15 members at a later date, it will reappear on the leaderboard.

Q. How do I find out how many points I’ve earned?

A. You can track your progress online via this website. Register your card online, and log back in to track your progress and see your points. Points can take up to an hour to appear in your account.

Q. How do I know if I have won a prize?

A. Only registered players are eligible for prizes and we will contact you directly via email or phone. Social Media competition prizes will be announced via Facebook and on Twitter.

Q. A Beat Box didn’t beep and the lights didn’t flash, who do I tell?

A. If this happens please let us know by emailing . In a competition of this size sometimes a Beat Box may temporarily become unresponsive. We are unable to allocate points for that Beat Box while it is out of action. We aim to get any unresponsive Beat Box working as soon as possible, within 24 hours.

Q. My card or fob isn’t working; can I get a new one?

A. Please check your online account to check that it definitely isn't working. Points are added to your account quickly but sometimes there may be a short delay – especially when everybody is out and about tapping! If there is a continued problem email

Q. What is cheating?

A. This is a fun competition about getting moving around the town – you can walk, run, cycle, rollerskate, skip.  No use of motorised bikes, cars or other vehicles please. The person who cheats won’t be getting more active. Anyone caught cheating will be removed from the competition and their walking records set to zero.

Cheating also includes tapping more than one card, driving between Beat Boxes and using other people’s cards or fobs. If we suspect players to have done any of these we will contact them directly.

Q. I think someone is cheating, who should I tell?

A. Email and we will investigate.

Q. What happens if I lose my Beat the Street card or fob?

A. If you lose your card, you may collect a new one from a distribution point and you will need to start again.  

Points are non-transferrable across cards and your new card will need to be registered. The points from your lost card or fob will still count towards your team’s score. 

If you are a pupil at a school, then your fob or card will be pre-registered to automatically accumulate points for your school. If you are at school and you lose your card or fob, talk to your teacher.  A small number of fobs may be available for replacements. Remember: only 1 card or fob per player!

Q. Can I join in when the competition has begun?

A. Of course. People are welcome to join in and play throughout the competition.

Q. Do I have to tap every day?

A. It is up to you how often you take part. The Department of Health recommends 150 minutes of activity a week for adults. This works out as 30 minutes a day for five days a week. All children and young people should engage in moderate to vigorous intensity physical activity for at least 60 minutes and up to several hours every day. 

Every time you tap two or more Beat Boxes you help your health, add to your team’s points and the overall community challenge total. Every step helps!

Q. Can I start to play before I register my card?

A. Yes, as soon as you get your card, you can play. When the card is registered, any points already accrued will go towards your selected team’s total.

Q. Any tips to stay safe when out playing the game?

A. Before you go out to play Beat the Street we recommend parents, teachers and community leaders look at THINK! - this is a one-stop resource for road safety education materials. We also recommend learning the Green Cross Code.

Q. What should I wear when out walking, running or cycling playing Beat the Street?

A. Increase your visibility to help drivers and other road users to see you. Wear bright and fluorescent materials in daytime and reflective materials at night.

Use flashing lights on your bicycles, pedal reflectors and wear reflective coats, bags or high visibility tabards.  Use a white or brightly coloured cycle helmet or even one with a light! Don’t forget the family dog - use a high visibility lead and collar, harness or coat. 

Q. Can my pet play the game?

A. Animals are welcome to accompany you on your walks and Beat the Street routes however pets may not be permitted to register as a player. Pets cannot earn points for you. The competition itself is only open to people.

Q. Who is funding Beat the Street?

A. This initiative is being delivered in Colchester by Intelligent Health on behalf of Colchester Borough Council and Livewell Colchester.

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