'Buying a folding bike made the world of difference to me'
Warren works for NTT DATA, supporting the delivery of IT services to University Hospitals Leicester and signed up to Choose How You Move in June 2020. At the time he was travelling into the city 5 days a week by car. Since joining BetterPoints he has incorporated activity into his commute, instead of just cycling at weekends.
As a result he has doubled his active time and feeling fitter for it. Inspired by the app he told two colleagues about the challenge and instantly started earning more rewards by qualifying for the Choose How You Move Ambassador boosts.
We asked how he had reduced his car use in Leicester and what inspired him to change his behaviour?
"Once I signed up for the BetterPoints app I started to split my commute with part drive and part cycle. My car commute has now reduced from 17 miles to 10. I drive from Hinckley to Enderby, making use of the 'Park and Cycle' scheme. From Enderby I cycle the rest of my commute along the Great Central Way and other cycle paths. I love the cycling part of my commute, it gives me a chance to relax and prepare for the work day rather than driving. The benefits are that I get more exercise, I feel less stressed and I feel happier.
Park and cycle works really well for me. I bought a folding bike and that made the world of difference."
What has helped him to make those changes stick and participate in the Choose How You Move challenge?
"It's the work that has gone in to make Leicester a city for active travel. We are really spoilt for choice when it comes to cycle friendly paths. The journey in from Enderby makes me feel relaxed and ready to start my day.
I'm impressed by the variety of rewards you get in the BetterPoints app for all modes of travel too. I enjoy the boosted rewards I get as an ambassador. It's a nice surprise when I win a prize draw. I like picking up points for my walks into and around the city. What sets the app apart is the fact I have the option to donate points to my favourite charities." - Warren from Hinkley
Congratulations Warren and well done for making those changes to get out and be more active.
How can you become the next Sustainable Star?
If you've enjoyed walking, cycling and travelling more sustainably recently - tell us, we'd love to hear from you. Visit your activities tab in your app and complete our ‘Sustainable Star’ survey.
If you're still working from home, tell us about how you're keeping active by using the car less for short leisure and shopping journeys, or how you're gearing up to try cycling or walking to work when you do return.
You can submit an entry each month, so look out for messages in the app to remind you to tell us your story.
Every month we are awarding one user 10,000 BetterPoints as our 'Sustainable Star' in the Choose How You Move Challenge, just for telling us how it is helping you to get back to better to be in with a chance to win.