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Incentives help increase active travel at the University of Sheffield

The University of Sheffield’s Step Up programme encourages and rewards staff and students for walking, cycling and taking public transport instead of using the car. It was commissioned as a 12-month programme in 2019 and has been recommissioned each year since. Since 2019… 57% of activities replaced a car journey  More than 285,000 kg of CO2 avoided…
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How BetterPoints is going down at Cardiff University

Cardiff University’s Changing Steps Cardiff programme encourages staff and students to use alternatives to car travel, such as walking, wheeling, cycling and public transport, as part of its drive to be Net Zero by 2030. Our app automatically tracks journeys and transport mode, and rewards staff and students for travelling in specified areas without a…
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Fuel costs present big opportunity to clean the air and commit to active and sustainable travel

Today is Clean Air Day, which, among other things, ‘showcases that a cleaner air future is both possible and desirable’ and ‘helps increase levels of air pollution-busting behaviours’. The appetite to change those behaviours is growing, and it would be a scandal if we missed a golden opportunity to feed it. It’s no news to…
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“I’ve swapped many of my normal car journeys for walking and cycling instead”

Jigna works for Leicester City Council and joined their recent Let’s Go workplace challenge. “Because of BetterPoints and the encouragement and incentives offered, I started walking a lot and resumed cycling”, she says. In March, more than 80 workplaces in Leicester & Leicestershire competed to see who could get the most staff to leave their…
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Leicestershire active travel programme enters its fifth year

Leicestershire’s Choose How You Move rewards programme, powered by BetterPoints, enters its fifth year, having been recommissioned for a fourth time. Leicester City and Leicestershire County councils first deployed the BetterPoints behaviour change platform in 2018, to reward residents for walking, running and cycling instead of driving. During lockdown in 2020, we quickly pivoted the…
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New air quality money in England is spent wisely on Active Travel

Active travel initiatives are a really good way to help combat air pollution, and there’s new money to do it in England. Earlier this month, the UK Government announced £11.6m more for local authorities in England to tackle air pollution. Transport Minister, Trudy Harrison, said: “Active travel and the switch to zero emission transport plays…
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Santander Cycles and Rutland Cycling gear-up for new workplace travel challenge in Leicestershire

More than 80 businesses in Leicestershire are already represented in a month-long challenge in March to reduce car use, with top prizes on offer from Santander Cycles and Rutland Cycling. First prize is an electric bicycle worth £1,000, provided by Rutland Cycling. Second prize is a Fitbit with £400-worth of outdoor walking gear. Santander Cycles…
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How partnership working has brought transformational active travel technology to Scotland

It is less than three years since Ansons Consulting in Scotland partnered with BetterPoints, opening up the Scottish market for us and giving them a powerful platform to change travel behaviours in the country. In that short time, BetterPoints programmes have incentivised active and sustainable travel in Arbroath, East Renfrewshire, Falkirk and Glasgow, and a…
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New Active Travel Programme for Renfrewshire

BetterPoints is powering a new active travel programme for Renfrewshire Council. We have worked with East Renfrewshire Council before and so are delighted to add Renfrewshire Council to our list of clients, and bolster our ongoing partnership with Ansons Consulting as part of the delivery. The council wants Renfrewshire to be net-zero by 2030. While…
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Join us at Act TravelWise Annual Conference, 15–17 February

BetterPoints is delighted to co-sponsor the online Act TravelWise Annual Conference next week (15–17 February): ‘”Sustainable Transport 2022: Recovery and Progress” – Recovering from the pandemic and progressing actions from COP26 as we head into 2022’. Our CEO, Richard Kirk will chair the session on commuting in a hybrid working world and Hannah Byk, our Partnerships Manager, will talk…
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Brighton & Hove renews its active travel behaviour change programme for a second year

We are thrilled to be working with Brighton & Hove City Council for a second year, encouraging and rewarding more active and sustainable travel in the area. Over 11 months in 2021, the Move for Change programme reached nearly 12 per cent more people than its initial target, and commanded a high average engagement rate…
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Carey seldom exercised before BetterPoints, now she walks a lot

Carey, from Hounslow, recently won the Move More Hero award for her progress in the council’s One You Hounslow programme. “Before the app, I seldom exercised – and now I walk a lot,” she says. “I’ve got so much more energy. It’s helped to control my weight and reduce my stress levels.” “Since taking part…
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