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Category: Health & fitness

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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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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‘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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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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Agne from London is our final #LockdownLegend!

Congratulations to BetterPoints user Agne for becoming our final #LockdownLegend! Each week, since the lockdown began, we have chosen a #LockdownLegend – someone from our app’s user community with an inspiring story of coping during the coronavirus lockdown. That comes to an end now that the UK Government is easing the rules, so Agne is our final winner!…
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Toni from West Yorkshire is our penultimate #LockdownLegend!

Congratulations to BetterPoints user Toni from Baildon, in West Yorkshire, for becoming our penultimate #LockdownLegend! Each week, since the lockdown began, we have chosen a #LockdownLegend – someone from our app’s user community with an inspiring story of coping during the coronavirus lockdown. Toni had to deal with the death of her father last month and found solace…
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Andrew from Sheffield is our latest #LockdownLegend!

Congratulations to BetterPoints user Andrew for becoming this week’s Lockdown Legend! Each week, we are choosing a Lockdown Legend – someone from our app’s user community with an inspiring story of coping during the coronavirus lockdown. Andrew’s story is a great example of not only going above and beyond, but also of using apps like ours to engage…
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Getting back outside with BetterPoints

We are delighted to be reinstating rewards for more than one outdoor activity a day. The UK Government has slightly relaxed the lockdown rules, so we can now exercise outside on our own as much as we like.  However, the rules on social distancing and transport have not changed: stay more than 2 metres (6.5 feet) away…
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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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