More than 3000 people have now joined an initiative which rewards active and sustainable travel in Brighton & Hove.
The ‘Move for Change’ challenge, powered by the BetterPoints app, was launched in February last year and offers rewards and discounts at local businesses for anyone travelling on foot, by bike or by public transport.
Since its launch, 3,000 users who’ve downloaded the app have:
- *Cycled more than 228,000 miles
- *Walked 584,000 miles
- *Travelled 429,000 miles by bus
- *Burned more than 100 million calories
- *Avoided almost half a million kilograms of Co2 emissions
As well as these, around £800 has been donated by users towards local charities and redeemed around £1250 in offers and discounts from local businesses, saving themselves some money.
Residents have to sign up to the Move for Change challenge on the Betterpoints app,and then they will earn BetterPoints for active or sustainable travel which can be redeemed for discounts and vouchers at local shops. BetterPoints can also be donated to local charities.
Among the charities and businesses involved are the Martlets Hospice, Pedal People. Bagelman and Infinity Foods. A full list of participating organisations can be found on the Move for Change webpage. People can also earn BetterPoints at all the Freedom Leisure sites in Brighton & Hove for gym, swim, sports and classes or by referring a friend.
BetterPoints are also earned for traveling sustainably on all bus and train operator routes in Brighton & Hove. This has been possible by working in partnership with local bus and train operators, as well as BTN BikeShare.
Councillor Steve Davis, Co-Chair of the Environment, Transport and Sustainability committee said: “I think it’s great the week we celebrate Car Free Day we hit a milestone number on the Move for Change challenge.
“We’ve seen steady growth of people downloading the BetterPoints app and joining the challenge. The miles covered, calories burned and emissions saved are fantastic and I’d urge everyone to give it a go.
“Getting people to travel actively and more sustainability is about giving them the infrastructure and incentive to do so and that’s exactly what Move for Change is doing.”