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Category: Health & fitness

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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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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How Leicestershire is using BetterPoints to promote and evaluate its pop-up infrastructure

Leicester City and Leicestershire County councils had just started their third year of BetterPoints support for the Choose How You Move programme when restrictions in response to the Covid-19 crisis were announced. Responding quickly to the government guidelines and the lockdown, Choose How You Move participants were encouraged to get active at home, be kind and connect with others, try…
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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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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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Shapps announces £2 billion package to create ‘new era for cycling and walking’

UK Transport Secretary Grant Shapps has announced £2 billion of funding to ‘boost greener, active transport’. The first stage will be rolled out in the coming weeks and includes plans for pop-up bike lanes with protected space for cycling, wider pavements, safer junctions, and cycle and bus-only corridors. The Government’s statement says the plans will…
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Well done to our Lockdown Legend 2.6 Challenge winners!

Well done to everyone that took part in last week’s Lockdown Legend 2.6 Challenge. 26 of them won a £10 donation to their chosen charity (more on that in a later post) and three won an additional 26,000 BetterPoints for their related Lockdown Legend story. Congratulations to our three Lockdown Legend 2.6 Challenge winners: Rachel,…
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Mix it up for National Walking Month with our special activity checklist

Most of us walk for some reason or other – to get to work, to exercise the dog, or simply for the joy of walking. But how much do we really know about where we walk? I’ve trodden the same route at least three times a week for more than a decade, yet I wouldn’t…
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New medals for National Walking Month

May is National Walking Month. To celebrate, we have created a set of brand new medals for our app users to collect. Straight off, they will achieve our May 2020 medal for their first walk of the month. After that, they can rack up the medals as they rack up the miles. First up is…
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Line-dancing in lockdown – and other ways people are staying active at home

We’ve been asking our app users how they’re staying active at home. Some are re-discovering abandoned equipment: What did you do to be active at home?Used my cross trainer to train instead of as a clothes horse. Many are following online fitness videos – and yes, Joe Wicks features a lot – while others are…
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