BEAT the Street – a hugely popular walking and cycling scheme taking place in North Liverpool – has been extended by three weeks due to popular demand of residents taking part. Since launching on 18 May, Beat the Street has transformed areas in Anfield, Everton, Kirkdale and Vauxhall into a playground by giving residents points and prizes for walking, running and cycling as far as they can. In just a few weeks, thousands of residents across Liverpool have already travelled over 16,000 miles – that is four times the length of The Amazon River. Due to the overwhelming popularity of the free initiative, Beat the Street has been extended by three weeks to see if communities in North Liverpool can walk, run and cycle even further! Beat the Street in North Liverpool will now end on 20 July, at the same time as a similar scheme taking place in Speke, Garston, Cressington, Allerton and Hunts Cross. There are two leader boards and prizes for the top three teams that travel the furthest and also those teams that clock up the highest average points per person. There is also the chance to win weekly ‘lucky tap’ prizes just for taking part. People of all ages can take part and players can win prizes for themselves and their community team. The competition has been organised through a partnership between Liverpool City Council, NHS Liverpool Clinical Commissioning Group and strategic stakeholders with the aim of encouraging people to adopt a more active lifestyle and to continue being more active beyond the end of the competition. The game is part of Healthy Liverpool – a five-year programme to improve health locally. Helping people reap the benefits of moving more is central to Healthy Liverpool. It is also part of Liverpool’s Physical Activity and Sport Strategy 2014-21 which sets out the vision for Liverpool to be the most active city in England by 2021. Assistant Mayor of Liverpool, Cllr Wendy Simon, said: “Thousands of residents in North Liverpool are already enjoying playing Beat the Street but we wanted to make sure that as many people as possible were able to take part in this fun, free initiative. “With the competition now ending on 20 July there is plenty of chance for new players to get involved and be in with a chance to win some amazing prizes for walking and cycling as far as they can.” Dr Maurice Smith is a GP, and a member of NHS Liverpool Clinical Commissioning Group’s Governing Body. He said: “Being active is the single most effective way to improve our physical and mental health. It is great to see Beat the Street being extended in North Liverpool as it will give more people the chance to make small changes that will have a big impact on their health and wellbeing.” For more information about Beat the Street, visit www.liverpoolnorth.beatthestreet.me or @btslvpnorth or search for ‘Beat the Street Liverpool North’ on Facebook.