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Amanda lost seven stone by travelling sustainably

Today is World Health Day. The theme is ‘Our planet, our health’, a subject very close to our heart here at BetterPoints. It’s why our platform is purpose-built to encourage, promote and measure active travel: when people change their behaviour and travel actively – walking, wheeling, cycling etc – they are engaging in healthy physical…
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“I’ve swapped many of my normal car journeys for walking and cycling instead”

Jigna works for Leicester City Council and joined their recent Let’s Go workplace challenge. “Because of BetterPoints and the encouragement and incentives offered, I started walking a lot and resumed cycling”, she says. In March, more than 80 workplaces in Leicester & Leicestershire competed to see who could get the most staff to leave their…
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Leicestershire active travel programme enters its fifth year

Leicestershire’s Choose How You Move Rewards programme, powered by BetterPoints, enters its fifth year, having been recommissioned for a fourth time. Leicester City and Leicestershire County councils first deployed the BetterPoints behaviour change platform in 2018, to reward residents for walking, running and cycling instead of driving. During lockdown in 2020, we quickly pivoted the…
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New air quality money in England is spent wisely on Active Travel

Active travel initiatives are a really good way to help combat air pollution, and there’s new money to do it in England. Earlier this month, the UK Government announced £11.6m more for local authorities in England to tackle air pollution. Transport Minister, Trudy Harrison, said: “Active travel and the switch to zero emission transport plays…
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Wokingham adds new local travel programme to the white-labelled Thames Valley Rewards app

BetterPoints is delighted to be working with Wokingham Borough Council to incentivise active travel and reduce car use, particularly around schools and high-traffic areas, and raise awareness of air quality issues. The My Journey Wokingham Challenge, which is being promoted by the My Journey Wokingham team, is part of the council’s drive to reach net…
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‘I’m getting fitter by taking the bus!’

Amanda used to drive to her job at Cardiff University but lost her designated parking space when lockdown arrangements ended. With the encouragement of the Changing Steps BetterPoints challenge, she has taken to walking and using the bus instead – and not just for work, but for social activities too. ‘I had to look for…
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Santander Cycles and Rutland Cycling gear-up for new workplace travel challenge in Leicestershire

More than 80 businesses in Leicestershire are already represented in a month-long challenge in March to reduce car use, with top prizes on offer from Santander Cycles and Rutland Cycling. First prize is an electric bicycle worth £1,000, provided by Rutland Cycling. Second prize is a Fitbit with £400-worth of outdoor walking gear. Santander Cycles…
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How partnership working has brought transformational active travel technology to Scotland

It is less than three years since Ansons Consulting in Scotland partnered with BetterPoints, opening up the Scottish market for us and giving them a powerful platform to change travel behaviours in the country. In that short time, BetterPoints programmes have incentivised active and sustainable travel in Arbroath, East Renfrewshire, Falkirk and Glasgow, and a…
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‘I want my children to think “I can walk or cycle to get there”’

Before she discovered Warwick District Council’s Choose How You Move BetterPoints challenge, Carly would “always hop in the car, however long the journey”. “I was using it at least six days a week”, she says. Carly has bipolar disorder and five herniated discs in her back. She found lockdown very challenging, managing her own health…
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New Active Travel Programme for Renfrewshire

BetterPoints is powering a new active travel programme for Renfrewshire Council. We have worked with East Renfrewshire Council before and so are delighted to add Renfrewshire Council to our list of clients, and bolster our ongoing partnership with Ansons Consulting as part of the delivery. The council wants Renfrewshire to be net-zero by 2030. While…
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Join us at Act TravelWise Annual Conference, 15–17 February

BetterPoints is delighted to co-sponsor the online Act TravelWise Annual Conference next week (15–17 February): ‘”Sustainable Transport 2022: Recovery and Progress” – Recovering from the pandemic and progressing actions from COP26 as we head into 2022’. Our CEO, Richard Kirk will chair the session on commuting in a hybrid working world and Hannah Byk, our Partnerships Manager, will talk…
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‘BetterPoints rewards were just the motivation I needed to do something different’

Hawwah (pictured) drove to college every day but ditched the car when she joined Leicestershire’s Choose How You Move programme. “Before I took part in the Choose How You Move BetterPoints Challenge I would commute by car five days a week. I used to go by car to college every day there and back. “The…
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