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Cash boost to get more kids cycling and walking to school

As Bike to School Week kicked off yesterday (28 September), the UK government announced £2 million to get more young people and their families physically active: support to help more children cycle or walk as part of their journey to school in-school cycle repair scheme to ensure children’s bikes are fit for the road. Half…
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A lady using public transport in Norwich.

New transport funding to ‘transform’ Norwich, Portsmouth and South East Hampshire

The UK Department for Transport today published details of two lots of extra funding for local transport infrastructure. Portsmouth and South East Hampshire will receive £56 million from the Transforming Cities Fund to help overhaul local transport links in a bid to boost the local economy, open up jobs and services and give residents greater…
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1 billion calories burned by BetterPoints users!

Our app has helped thousands of people change to healthier behaviours. Yesterday afternoon, the total number of calories burned by BetterPoints users passed one billion. To get to this point, they have collectively travelled more than 11 million miles on foot or by bicycle. But it’s about more than burning calories. By combining technology and…
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Councils in England face big challenges for active travel

The UK Government has published its new plans for active travel in England. Although the document is titled Gear Change – A bold vision for cycling and walking, it is chiefly a manifesto for cycling (‘cycling’ is mentioned 143 times, ‘walking’ just 75 times). But it is bold. And local authorities will be held to…
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£180m Emergency Active Travel Fund – DEADLINE 7 AUGUST

In May, UK Transport Secretary, Grant Shapps, announced a multi-million pound Emergency Active Travel Fund to help local authorities create an environment that was safer for both walking and cycling. The fund was divided into two tranches. The first has passed, but the second – and much larger – tranche of £180 million is still up…
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Record funding announced for Active Travel in Wales

The Welsh Government has announced the allocation of a new multi-million pound funding package for local authorities across Wales to develop their walking and cycling networks. Earlier this week, Lee Waters, Deputy Minister for Economy and Transport, announced £38m for active travel and road safety. Of that, a dedicated Active Travel Fund of £20m will…
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BetterPoints aims to reach 10 million kg of CO2 savings by December 2021

Since 2010, we have helped our clients motivate people to mitigate 5 million kg of CO2 emissions. We aim to double that by December next year. It’s an ambitious target. But we face a climate emergency and, as many countries begin to emerge from lockdown, now is the perfect time to change the way we…
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Pop-up lanes prove a big hit with cyclists

Cyclists in Leicester tell us the new pop-up lanes make them feel safer and more confident to use the roads. BetterPoints is working with Leicester City and Leicestershire County councils to encourage the use of their new pop-up infrastructure and measure its impact. Local people use the BetterPoints app to earn rewards for tracking their…
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How Leicestershire is using BetterPoints to promote and evaluate its pop-up infrastructure

Leicester City and Leicestershire County councils had just started their third year of BetterPoints support for the Choose How You Move programme when restrictions in response to the Covid-19 crisis were announced. Responding quickly to the government guidelines and the lockdown, Choose How You Move participants were encouraged to get active at home, be kind and connect with others, try…
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‘Together we can get back to better’, BetterPoints CEO tells transport and mobility leaders

As part of Landor LINKS’ Green Transport Recovery webinar series, BetterPoints sponsored a webinar on 27 May to launch our campaign for a high-level, joined-up approach to capitalise on recent changes in transport behaviour. In his presentation – Locking in positive behaviour change: forward to better Richard Kirk, BetterPoints CEO, said we had an ideal opportunity to get…
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