Running this autumn from 18 September to 30 October, Beat the Street will see the whole of Hounslow turned into a giant game. Hundreds of sensors called 'Beat Boxes' will be hidden across the borough which players tap with contactless cards and key fobs to track their journey and earn points.
Over the six weeks, players join teams from local schools, businesses and community groups to compete to see if their team can score the most points and win hundreds of pounds worth of prizes!
The launch event will be taking place at Osterley Park with schools and members of the public trying out the game for themselves. Before then, you can check out the Beat the Street website and collect a fob from your local library or leisure centre from the 11th of September.
Agenda for the launch:
9:45am-10:00am Meet at Osterley Library – Tap the first Beat Box.
10:00am-10:30am Led Walk to Osterley Park – Tap the second Beat Box.
10:30am-11:00am Arrival at Osterley Park, refreshments, photography, networking.
11:00am-11:30am Speeches: Mayor, Cllr Dunne, Intelligent Health Operations Director.
On Clean Air Day, the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, announced major plans to help Londoners ‘reclaim’ the streets and get out and about for London’s biggest Car Free Day celebrations on Sunday 22 September 2019.
It's will be an opportunity for cars to take a back seat, allowing citizens to explore the streets by foot or by bike. Not only will it provide Londoners with respite from air pollution and carbon emissions, it will give children the chance to play freely. The event will draw awareness to the dangers of toxic air and encourage city dwellers to “reimagine” their city as car-free.
Along with 17 other London boroughs, Hounslow Council has pledged to make it free and easy for local people to run a play street. Those participating will get a chance to see what happens on their road when the traffic stops for a few hours. To get involved, you will need to consult with neighbours in advance and submit your application by Friday 23rd August 2019 as it can take up to 6 weeks (4 weeks on this occasion) to handle a street closure request.
To ‘swap cars for spacehoppers’ this September, now is the time to make it happen. You can make Car Free Day a carefree day to get on your street and play by applying for a Play Street!
The next social ride led by Hounslow Cycling Campaign will be on 22nd September which also happens to be Car Free Day. HCC's rides aim to show people how easy it is to cycle around the borough and beyond whilst seeing parts of London best seen by bicycle. They also provide practical advice on cycling and training to help you look after your bike and cycle safely on London’s roads.
This ride and many others are for all ages and abilities so nobody will be left behind!
The meeting point for this ride will be Brentford Market Place with the ride starting at 12:45.
Bikeability and Sustrans are teaming up to deliver this year's Bike to School Week, running from 23rd-27th September. It is a great opportunity to promote the positive impact that an active lifestyle can have on pupils' wellbeing and health. Taking part in Bike to School Week is free, there's no need to register, and it's a fantastic way to get ready for Sustrans' Big Pedal in the spring!
There will be a free Dr Bike session taking place at Brentford Market Place TW8 8AH on Sunday 29th September.
At a Dr Bike session, our mechanics will do a general check of your bike and carry out minor repairs, and provide advice on more complex repairs which may require the services of a local bike shop. It’s a great way to check that your bike is roadworthy and fit for purpose.