“I finally took the plunge and sold my car”

Read Becky's story and find out how you could win an e-bike

Becky, from Hinchley Wood is one of over 1,300 people who have signed up for Surrey's Greener Future challenge on BetterPoints, an app which rewards you for leaving your car at home. She signed up to BetterPoints in September last year after finding out about the challenge via her work. Changing the way she travelled made her realise she could easily sell her car and find alternative ways of getting about - so she did just that!

Here's her story on how the reward app helped her become car free:

"I used to walk to work on nice days and drive in on rainy days or when I was running late or feeling lazy! I tended to drive everywhere else - even short trips to the shops. So I was using the car at least four times a week, if not more.

"It seemed like a no -brainer"

When I heard about the BetterPoints app it seemed a no-brainer to be awarded points for encouraging me to make changes to the way I travelled to more eco-friendly ways. These points could be turned into rewards too.

The app is easy to use and it's fun to see the points adding up quickly when I choose good travel options. Interestingly I now walk more and have bought a bicycle using the cycle to work scheme. It has also encouraged me to use buses and trains more regularly.

I finally took the plunge and sold my car not long after joining the challenge. Walking, cycling and taking the bus are most definitely better for me both in terms of physical health but also mental health. I'm also saving so much money by not having a car… insurance, servicing, petrol, car park charges.

A huge well done to Becky for making those changes and taking the leap to being car free with all the benefits it brings.

Not signed up to BetterPoints yet?

Download the free BetterPoints app and once registered, tap 'Challenges' and join Surrey's Greener Future. You can start earning rewards and prize draw entries straight away.

To start off you can have the chance to win an e-bike worth £1,964 from Bike Bros in Guildford or £50 worth of BetterPoints prizes. Simply sign up and complete the e-bike quiz to enter a prize draw.

Visit the BetterPoints website for more details and to download the app.

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