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Author: Michael Grimes

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 millionis still up for…
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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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‘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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Walking in May a huge success – but user feedback suggests there are clear obstacles to cycling

National Walking Month was a great success for BetterPoints. Over 4,000 people took part in our dedicated challenge, walking more than 165,000 miles between them. They burned an estimated 16 million calories. And if those journeys had been by car, they would have generated around 64,000 kg of CO2 emissions. Feedback was fantastic. 585 participants…
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BetterPoints partners with Liftshare to incentivise sustainable travel choices

The UK’s market-leading car-sharing providers, Liftshare, have partnered with behaviour change specialists, BetterPoints, to offer genuine rewards for sharing your journey. In a first-of-its-kind collaboration, drivers and passengers will be able to earn points to put towards gift cards for dozens of high-street and online retailers. The Liftshare app facilities shared travel and the BetterPoints…
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New daily medals for Bike Week

Cycling UK’s Bike Week runs from 7–14 June. Each day has a different theme so we built new new medals for our app users to collect for cycling this week. Day 1Be vocal Day 2Be healthy Day 3Be unique Day 4Be inspired Day 5Be a hero Day 6Go green Day 7Go BIG!Take on your biggest…
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BetterPoints builds a unique travel impact calculator for WWF

We are delighted to announce the launch of a fun journey-planning, travel impact calculator that we’ve built for the WWF Cities Team. The new Travel Better tool is designed to help people realise the impact of their current travel choices for everyday journeys, and to encourage them to change mobility behaviours. Covid-19 has turned our world…
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