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Category: Travel & transport

Cash boost to get more kids cycling and walking to school

As Bike to School Week kicked off yesterday (28 September), the UK government announced £2 million to get more young people and their families physically active: support to help more children cycle or walk as part of their journey to school in-school cycle repair scheme to ensure children’s bikes are fit for the road. Half…
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A lady using public transport in Norwich.

New transport funding to ‘transform’ Norwich, Portsmouth and South East Hampshire

The UK Department for Transport today published details of two lots of extra funding for local transport infrastructure. Portsmouth and South East Hampshire will receive £56 million from the Transforming Cities Fund to help overhaul local transport links in a bid to boost the local economy, open up jobs and services and give residents greater…
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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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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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BetterPoints partners with Liftshare to incentivise sustainable travel choices

The UK’s market-leading car-sharing providers, Liftshare, have partnered with behaviour change specialists, BetterPoints, to offer genuine rewards for sharing your journey. In a first-of-its-kind collaboration, drivers and passengers will be able to earn points to put towards gift cards for dozens of high-street and online retailers. The Liftshare app facilities shared travel and the BetterPoints…
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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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