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1,000 non-cyclists jump in the saddle for Bike Week

Last week was Bike Week (10–16 June), and BetterPoints programmes gave extra incentives and encouragement to have a go at cycling for transport. More than 1,000 people who identified as non-cyclists at the beginning of the week jumped in the saddle and clocked up more than 2,000 miles between them. BetterPoints is working with local…
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Measuring and Realising Return on Investment for Behaviour Change Programmes: A Rare Achievement for UK Local Authorities

Buckinghamshire Council saved £4 for every £1 it spent on its health behaviour change programme, while Sheffield City Council’s sustainable travel rewards scheme delivered nearly 200% return on investment in carbon savings. Download the case studies here. The concept of ‘return on investment’ (ROI) is often associated with financial markets or private sector enterprises. However, it is…
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Local authorities see upwards of 200% ROI on public health and sustainable transport programmes

We have put together a couple of case studies that demonstrate how BetterPoints behaviour change programmes are more than paying for themselves, delivering high value and real change for local authorities in both public health and active/sustainable travel. Some highlights are picked out below, and you can download the full case studies for free here.…
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Inspire active travel in people like e-bike winner Charlie!

Charlie, a Business Support and Events Officer, was recently over the moon when he won a £1,400 Batribike e-bike in the Choose How You Move Warwick workplace challenge. His journey to greener and healthier living began with a casual chat with a colleague, who mentioned the challenge. Intrigued, he signed up. Charlie had been relying…
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It’s National Walking Month, the ideal time to promote active lifestyles

Local councils and health authorities want to encourage people to get more exercise or travel more actively, and walking (for those that can and wheeling for those that cannot) is a great place to begin: its cheap, easy to get started and available to most people. National Walking Month, which kicks off today, is the…
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Climate action is now too urgent to wait for politicians – communities hold the key

The climate crisis is not a distant problem that can be postponed or ignored. It is happening now, and it is affecting millions of lives and ecosystems around the world. Waiting for political decisions is a luxury we simply cannot afford; we must foster a groundswell of urgent change instead. IPPR’s recent call for increased…
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Transforming commutes: how Rebecca’s journey with Get Active in Ebbsfleet inspired green and active living

Rebecca’s journey towards a greener and more active lifestyle didn’t begin with a sudden burst of motivation. In fact, she freely admits that she wasn’t one for regular exercise or walking, preferring the convenience of driving to get around. However, a desire to be fitter lingered in the back of her mind, prompting her to…
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How BetterPoints supports the UN Sustainable Development Goals

Many people were sceptical when the UN announced its sustainability goals in 2015. How could the world achieve such ambitious targets by 2030, especially when some countries seemed more interested in their own interests than the common good? Well, one way to tackle this challenge is to use technology and incentives to motivate people to…
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‘I never used to walk … I’ve lost 4kg with my new active lifestyle’

‘I never used to walk before I joined the BetterPoints Hounslow challenge’, says Ishrat. ‘It’s such a helpful app, it has encouraged me in all aspects, walking, running, and cycling too. ‘Each day is like a new day and a new challenge for me, and the app encourages me to do more every day.  ‘I’ve lost over 4…
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The Surrey ice cream business that’s profiting from the BetterPoints app

We all know the importance of a healthy local economy: it provides jobs, supports businesses, fosters community and belonging, and creates a shared stake in the prosperity and wellbeing of an area. Surrey’s Greener Future is a BetterPoints programme for Surrey County Council that rewards people for travelling more sustainably and shopping locally. Many of…
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Nikki is discovering more about her local neighbourhood by travelling actively

Nikki enjoys being outside and spending hours in the garden, and loves to give something back to the local community. She signed up to BetterPoints Southwark as soon as she heard about it through a local newsletter. ‘It seemed to come at the right time as I was keen to increase my level of activity…
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‘Using public transport has led me to talk to other passengers, hear their stories and learn about the local area’

Teresa used to drive everywhere but made a conscious decision to get rid of her car when she moved to a flat close to Leamington Spa’s town centre, where everything was accessible by foot and public transport. She joined the local Choose How You Move BetterPoints programme to keep her motivated and has found it…
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