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Alice's story

BetterPoints York allows everyone who lives, works or studies in the city to earn BetterPoints for walking/wheeling, cycling and using public transport. Download the app via the buttons or QR code at the bottom of the page to join in and start earning rewards today!

Alice kindly took the time to tell us about her experience of BetterPoints York:

"I have never had a fitness tracker but I do have a smartphone and I liked the idea of finding out how much I actually travel (I mainly bike, scoot or walk). BetterPoints York appealed because it didn't require money to get going, it's easy and by taking part I could improve my physical ability and support York's active travel culture.

I enjoy the themed medals because nobody really gives you rewards for the little things as a grown-up: it's nice to feel like someone cares if you bother to bike instead of drive somewhere! I like the week-by-week chart showing how much activity I've done - I'm often surprised to see how it all adds up.

I definitely feel more embarrassed if I hop in the car for a short journey! I want to do better for myself, and encourage my family to see active travel as a regular and normal choice.

I started a new job near Harrogate recently. In the past I would have driven both ways. However, I have been working on my strength and stamina so I bought a cheap vintage folding bike. I ride 2.1 miles to the station, take the train, then bike 2.3 miles to my office. I do at least an hour of active travel daily - and ride 9 miles in the same amount of time as it would take me to drive through rush hour traffic!

I am lucky - I bike over the Hob Moor nature reserve and along a bridleway section of the Nidderdale Greenway. I get to see nature, take in fresh air and birdsong - it's SO much less stressful than long traffic queues!"

You can follow Alice on Instagram @stronger_bythe_day

If Alice's story has inspired you to try using your car less, you can join BetterPoints York by downloading our free app via the buttons or QR below. You will automatically join the challenge if your home postcode is in York but you can also join if you commute into the city - use the referral code yorkooa

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