Why electronic boxes are about to appear on lampposts in Derby

People living in part of Derby are being told to look out for the appearance of electronic boxes on lampposts in the area. Sixteen boxes are being put on the street furniture in Sinfin in October as part of a new game called Beat the Street. The game, which is […]

People living in part of Derby are being told to look out for the appearance of electronic boxes on lampposts in the area.

Sixteen boxes are being put on the street furniture in Sinfin in October as part of a new game called Beat the Street.

The game, which is being run by Active Derbyshire, Move More Derby and Active South Derbyshire, aims to get people out and about in the area in an effort to encourage exercise.

The aim of the game is to see how many of the 16 electronic boxes, which are placed on lampposts half a mile apart, you can reach.

Children from some primary schools will be given fobs, while parents and teachers will be given cards, which can be tapped against the boxes. The further players travel, the more points they will get.

Adults can also join a school or community team, or set up their own group of six players to take part as well, and there are no limits on how people can take part – they can walk, run, scoot, wheel or cycle.

It comes as research shows that a quarter of people in England do less than 30 minutes of physical activity a week, with four out of five primary school children not doing the recommended 60 minutes exercise a day.

The game is open to anyone and will take place in Sinfin from Wednesday, October 7, until Wednesday, November 4.

Stuart Batchelor, strategic director at Active Derbyshire, said: “The outbreak of Covid-19 and subsequent lockdown has been difficult for many of us, but it has given us a unique opportunity to think about the way we do things and perhaps reset our way of life, such as ditching the car and walking and cycling more, taking more notice of nature and realising the importance of community.

“We can’t wait to see how far Sinfin can travel together.”

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