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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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“My car hasn’t moved for 3 weeks!”

Suzy was commuting by car five days a week until she joined Leicestershire’s Choose How You Move programme. She now makes that journey on two feet. Choose How You Move is run jointly by Leicester City Council and Leicestershire Country Council, to encourage people to replace car journeys with active travel – walking, wheeling, cycling…
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Amanda lost seven stone by travelling sustainably

Today is World Health Day. The theme is ‘Our planet, our health’, a subject very close to our heart here at BetterPoints. It’s why our platform is purpose-built to encourage, promote and measure active travel: when people change their behaviour and travel actively – walking, wheeling, cycling etc – they are engaging in healthy physical…
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“I’ve swapped many of my normal car journeys for walking and cycling instead”

Jigna works for Leicester City Council and joined their recent Let’s Go workplace challenge. “Because of BetterPoints and the encouragement and incentives offered, I started walking a lot and resumed cycling”, she says. In March, more than 80 workplaces in Leicester & Leicestershire competed to see who could get the most staff to leave their…
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Leicestershire active travel programme enters its fifth year

Leicestershire’s Choose How You Move rewards programme, powered by BetterPoints, enters its fifth year, having been recommissioned for a fourth time. Leicester City and Leicestershire County councils first deployed the BetterPoints behaviour change platform in 2018, to reward residents for walking, running and cycling instead of driving. During lockdown in 2020, we quickly pivoted the…
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New air quality money in England is spent wisely on Active Travel

Active travel initiatives are a really good way to help combat air pollution, and there’s new money to do it in England. Earlier this month, the UK Government announced £11.6m more for local authorities in England to tackle air pollution. Transport Minister, Trudy Harrison, said: “Active travel and the switch to zero emission transport plays…
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