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Tag: Air quality

Active travel is ‘low hanging fruit’ in the race for Net Zero

Earlier this week, the UK government announced £5 million extra funding for local authorities ‘to deliver innovative projects to improve air quality’. While many of the challenges that councils face are complex, the challenge of reducing road traffic emissions – still one of the greatest contributors to air pollution, particularly in cities – is relatively…
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Climathon Sheffield – an ideathon to tackle e-waste and digital deprivation in the region

The UK is one of the biggest producers of waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) in the world. We consume 1.8 million electronic items every year, yet we recycle less than 20% of our e-waste. Meanwhile, over 30% of parents with school-age children report their child does not have access to an internet device for…
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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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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 builds a unique travel impact calculator for WWF

We are delighted to announce the launch of a fun journey-planning, travel impact calculator that we’ve built for the WWF Cities Team. The new Travel Better tool is designed to help people realise the impact of their current travel choices for everyday journeys, and to encourage them to change mobility behaviours. Covid-19 has turned our world…
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It’s World Bicycle Day and the weather’s perfect for getting back to better!

Cycling is fun, healthy and a great way to escape the crowds. Cars, on the other hand, have a tendency to create congestion and pollute the air. And that impact on our environment has been thrown into stark relief within just a few short months. The air is cleaner, there’s less traffic noise and –…
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BetterPoints moves into Scandinavia with sustainable travel incentive schemes in Norway and Sweden

The towns of Gjøvik in Norway and Kalmar in Sweden are using BetterPoints’ unique blend of behaviour change incentivisation and gamification to motivate local people to travel more actively and sustainably and help improve air quality. Norway and Sweden are already ahead of the game when it comes to sustainable travel policy and infrastructure. With BetterPoints’…
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Over 1,000 Sheffield University Staff and Students join the BetterPoints challenge in just three weeks!

Sheffield University and SU are teaming up and working with BetterPoints to encourage green travel choices. Over 1,000 people have signed up in the first three weeks.

Hundreds in Leamington Spa encouraged to improve air quality by changing the way they travel

BetterPoints was commissioned by Warwick District Council to help them motivate and encourage local residents to travel actively and to use their ‘Park and Stride’ car parks rather than city centre parking. The four-month pilot scheme, which ended on 31 October, used the BetterPoints platform to encourage people travelling to the town centre to ditch their…
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Ansons Consulting and BetterPoints bring transport behaviour change tech to Scotland

Falkirk Council is leading the way in changing transport attitudes by selecting an innovative business engagement solution, provided though a new partnership between transport consultancy Ansons Consulting and behaviour change technology company BetterPoints. The collaboration will give businesses the tools to encourage staff to choose sustainable travel over car use, thereby reducing parking requirements and…
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Most UK areas still breach pollution limits, report says

The UK Government has this week published the latest air pollution data. The figures show that very little progress has been made towards meeting the EU’s legal limits of NO2 with 36 out of 43 local authority areas still having illegal levels, according to analysis published by ClientEarth. The figures, published under the EU Ambient…
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Leicester joins list of cities considering workplace parking levies

Businesses in Leicester could soon be charged a levy for providing employees with parking spaces. Leicester City Council wants to introduce the levy to help fund transport improvements, reduce congestion and improve air quality, and will consult on proposals over the next eighteen months. Leicester faces ‘real challenges’, said Deputy city mayor Cllr Adam Clarke.…
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