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Active travel: Three barriers to mass engagement – and how to break them

‘Without changes to people’s behaviours now, the target of net zero by 2050 is not achievable’, wrote the House of Lords Environment and Climate Change Committee in a report last month. But while one-to-one behaviour change – such as in rehabilitation – has proved relatively successful, mass behaviour change is a whole different story. So,…
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How BetterPoints helped Sam give up smoking

Hounslow Council asked BetterPoints for a programme to help people take personal responsibility for their health, particularly among those at risk of developing avoidable long-term conditions. The One You Hounslow programme targets people at risk of developing conditions that arise from factors such as lifestyle and occupation – Diabetes, Asthma, COPD, for example – and…
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BetterPoints is proud to sponsor Modeshift Convention 2022

BetterPoints is delighted to sponsor this year’s Modeshift Convention, which takes place in Leicester next week. To mark the occasion, we are running a special programme in our app, specially for delegates. They simply need to download the BetterPoints app and join the Modeshift 2022 Challenge using a code that will be available at the event.…
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A national behaviour change campaign ‘urgently required’ to meet climate goals, say Peers

A House of Lords committee has called for a national, joined-up behaviour change campaign to meet emissions targets. A third of the UK’s emissions reductions by 2035 must come from people changing their behaviour, says the House of Lords’ environment and climate change committee in a report published yesterday. “We found that we cannot rely…
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Enterprise Car Club and BetterPoints: Rewarding Sustainable Travel in Milton Keynes

Drivers in Milton Keynes can earn BetterPoints as an incentive for using Enterprise Car Club instead of private cars. The initiative is part of Milton Keynes Council’s Get Around Rewards programme, which encourages people to use more sustainable options.     Until the end of October, residents and commuters in Milton Keynes can download the free BetterPoints app,…
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Incentives help increase active travel at the University of Sheffield

The University of Sheffield’s Step Up programme encourages and rewards staff and students for walking, cycling and taking public transport instead of using the car. It was commissioned as a 12-month programme in 2019 and has been recommissioned each year since. Since 2019… 57% of activities replaced a car journey  More than 285,000 kg of CO2 avoided…
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How BetterPoints is going down at Cardiff University

Cardiff University’s Changing Steps Cardiff programme encourages staff and students to use alternatives to car travel, such as walking, wheeling, cycling and public transport, as part of its drive to be Net Zero by 2030. Our app automatically tracks journeys and transport mode, and rewards staff and students for travelling in specified areas without a…
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“The app has helped to me lose half a stone by cycling and walking”

Callum was physically active once a week, before he joined Hounslow Council’s A to B Actively challenge. He has now increased that to five days a week and enjoys a more active lifestyle. “I would always spend my evenings at home in front of the TV”, he says. “Now, I go out for a walk…
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Why Alice uses BetterPoints to help with her weight loss

Alice struggled with her weight and had a lot of mobility limitations, and pain in her back, feet and knees. Walking half a mile was hard and took three days to recover. In late 2019 she had a gastric bypass operation to help her lose weight, and she took up more active forms of travel.…
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Active travel remains a key focus of UK decarbonisation plans

The UK Government yesterday published a review of its Transport Decarbonisation Plan, one year on. Decarbonising transport: one-year-on review. The plan set out the UK’s ‘greenprint’ to create cleaner air, healthier communities and tens of thousands of new green jobs across the UK. The review reports that almost 7,500 extra electric vehicle charge-points have been installed, supporting…
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Fuel costs present big opportunity to clean the air and commit to active and sustainable travel

Today is Clean Air Day, which, among other things, ‘showcases that a cleaner air future is both possible and desirable’ and ‘helps increase levels of air pollution-busting behaviours’. The appetite to change those behaviours is growing, and it would be a scandal if we missed a golden opportunity to feed it. It’s no news to…
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Car Free Jubilee!

This week, a number of BetterPoints programmes are marking the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee with extra prizes for travelling sustainably during the celebrations. Leaving the car at home will make the celebrations more fun for everyone, with less traffic on the roads and more time to soak in the holiday atmosphere. Prizes To encourage greener travel…
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