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BetterPoints builds its work in Scotland with a new active travel programme in Arbroath

BetterPoints is powering a new active travel incentive programme in Arbroath, Scotland, following our success in Falkirk. The new programme encourages residents and employees in the Angus coastal town to switch to more active travel such as walking and cycling, for the benefit of health, quality of life and the environment. These are substantial ‘win-wins’…
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‘Covid’s impact on my mental health was gradual; I didn’t wake up one morning and say “Oh, I don’t feel right”’

Hannah Byk is BetterPoints’ National Programme Account Manager. Here she opens up candidly and movingly about the onset of depression during the coronavirus pandemic. Unless you’ve been living under a rock the last 12 months, we can all see the impact Covid-19 has had on us all: financially (tick), lack of a social life and…
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UK councils harness behaviour change technology to deliver on active travel commitments

The UK Government recently announced the allocations for Tranche 2 of its Emergency Active Travel Fund. An important difference from Tranche 1 is the emphasis on monitoring reports and the requirement to provide them.  BetterPoints has a track record of helping local authorities both to increase uptake of their active travel initiatives and generate detailed impact reports. At the forefront of mode-shift…
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BetterPoints transport behaviour change for Brighton & Hove

Brighton & Hove City Council has commissioned BetterPoints to help move more people away from a reliance on private motor vehicles to more active and sustainable forms of travel. The 12-month Move for Change programme is open to all residents and employees in the city. The programme is funded by the UK Government’s Access Fund…
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BetterPoints hits 10 million sustainable journeys

8 October was Clean Air Day, ‘the UK’s largest air pollution campaign’. And, as if we’d planned it, the number of active or sustainable travel journeys made by BetterPoints users had just passed 10 million. To mark Clean Air Day, we created a special medal for users of our app who walk or cycle today.…
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Cass Entrepreneurship Fund leads £800,000 Future Fund matched investment in BetterPoints

The Cass Entrepreneurship Fund has successfully completed the Government’s Future Fund £800,000 matched investment into BetterPoints. We are specialists in behavioural change technology and are facilitating a transition towards more sustainable mobility and a lower carbon footprint. We will use the funding to grow our team in order to capitalise on the momentum towards more…
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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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1 billion calories burned by BetterPoints users!

Our app has helped thousands of people change to healthier behaviours. Yesterday afternoon, the total number of calories burned by BetterPoints users passed one billion. To get to this point, they have collectively travelled more than 11 million miles on foot or by bicycle. But it’s about more than burning calories. By combining technology and…
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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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£180m Emergency Active Travel Fund – DEADLINE 7 AUGUST

In May, UK Transport Secretary, Grant Shapps, announced a multi-million pound Emergency Active Travel Fund to help local authorities create an environment that was safer for both walking and cycling. The fund was divided into two tranches. The first has passed, but the second – and much larger – tranche of £180 million is still up…
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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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BetterPoints aims to reach 10 million kg of CO2 savings by December 2021

Since 2010, we have helped our clients motivate people to mitigate 5 million kg of CO2 emissions. We aim to double that by December next year. It’s an ambitious target. But we face a climate emergency and, as many countries begin to emerge from lockdown, now is the perfect time to change the way we…
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