MK Council is piloting a new rewards system that could earn local people free vouchers for major retailers if they travel using green and healthy methods.
Betterpoints is a national campaign which encourages people to use healthier and more sustainable ways to get around. The Betterpoints system adds points for every sustainable journey made, logging it through the Betterpoints Get Around MK App.
Participants just need to download the app, join Get Around Rewards, ensure their location is on and points will be allocated automatically. This includes walking, cycling and using the bus – as well as using MK Connect and the Enterprise Car Club.
Once enough points have been built up, users can cash these in for free vouchers at major retailers, including Currys, Ikea, John Lewis, Pizza Express and many more. Alternatively, people have the option to donate their points to local charities, including MK Snap and Medical Detection Dogs.
The campaign is now live until the end of September. More information is available at https://getaroundrewards.betterpoints.uk/. The Betterpoints Get Around MK app is available to download for free on Apple and Android devices.
Sign up to Get Around Rewards, make active and sustainable travel choices and start collecting Betterpoints, every month one winner will be chosen at random to win a £50 gift voucher of their choice or 50,000 Betterpoints to redeem on a variety of vouchers or donate them to charity.
The council is keen for local independent businesses to take part. Any queries should be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cabinet Member for Climate Action and Sustainability, Cllr Jennifer Wilson-Marklew said: “We hope the incentive of useful retail vouchers will motivate more people to try healthy and sustainable travel options. It’s an easy way to grab some freebies from your favourite shops or donate to charity all while getting fit and doing your bit for the environment. Many people have already racked up several points and I’d encourage everyone else to do the same.”