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Leicester joins list of cities considering workplace parking levies

Businesses in Leicester could soon be charged a levy for providing employees with parking spaces. Leicester City Council wants to introduce the levy to help fund transport improvements, reduce congestion and improve air quality, and will consult on proposals over the next eighteen months. Leicester faces ‘real challenges’, said Deputy city mayor Cllr Adam Clarke.…
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To beat air pollution we must urge people out of cars, say researchers

While CO2 emissions may be reducing, new research shows dust from brakes, tyres and road surfaces contributes to over half of particle pollution from UK road transport and will still pollute the air even when all vehicles are electric. Environment Minister Thérèse Coffey said the papers ‘make clear that it is not just fumes from…
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Mass modal shift in Italy – a two-year comparison

Like many major cities, Bologna struggles to manage traffic congestion and its side-effects. In 2017 and 2018, BetterPoints helped Bologna motivate more than 20,000 people to think differently about their transport options. SRM, Bologna’s the public transport authority, wanted to try a new approach to tackling CO2 emissions. They had tried banning the use of…
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Why HR and CSR benefit from Behaviour Change programmes

HR professionals know that an engaged and fulfilled workforce has significant knock-on benefits for an organisation. These days, that means you need excellent green and social credentials. A study by PWC found that a staggering 88% of Millennials gravitated toward companies with pronounced CSR programmes, and 86% would consider leaving if their employer’s CSR stopped…
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20,000+ people incentivised to travel more sustainably in Bologna

787,000 journeys on foot 590,000 cycle journeys 508,000 public transport journeys 5,450 car-sharing journeys 1.4 million kg CO2 emissions saved 167 million calories burned Like many major cities, Bologna struggles to manage traffic congestion and its side-effects. In 2017 and 2018, the BetterPoints platform powered the six-month Bella Mossa programmes that encouraged fewer single-occupancy car…
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Grab our free pdf of inspiring stories about getting people moving

The BetterPoints smartphone app gets people moving for all sorts of reasons. They might discover it through their employer, to motivate them to use their car less; or through their GP, to inspire them to walk more; or through their local authority, to encourage more environmentally-friendly activity. Take Peter, who set himself a target of walking…
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Video: BetterPoints colleagues consider the role of women in technology

The BetterPoints staff team is predominantly female, which is unusual for a technology company. Just before Christmas, our Director of Programmes, Hannah Bowden, sat on the panel at a 10 Digital Ladies event in London, talking about women in the industry. So, we put together a short video of some of our colleagues sharing their thoughts about…
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Danni gave up her car for Stoptober – and saved money

The annual NHS Stoptober campaign encourages people to quit smoking during October. BetterPoints user Danni decided to take part in a different way this year: she gave up her car.

Walking and cycling can reinvigorate the high street, says TfL

Anyone trying to make the case for investing in walking and cycling will be excited by Transport for London’s new summary report pack on the economic benefits of both. ‘People walking and cycling visit high streets more frequently and spend more money there compared to people in cars,’ says TfL. ‘Over a month, people who…
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How donating to charity got Natalie’s family walking more

BetterPoints user Natalie started using the app so she could donate her reward points to charity. However, she soon found it was encouraging her and her family to walk more too.