East Dunbartonshire latest council to adopt BetterPoints to reward walking

West Highland Way Milngavie
The popular West Highland Way long distance trail starts in Milngavie, East Dunbartonshire. Photo: Jim Cornall/Walking Post

A free app is being launched in East Dunbartonshire in Scotland which aims to get people walking, wheeling, cycling, running and using public transport while earning rewards.

The Council has teamed up with BetterPoints to help promote better health and wellbeing, active travel and efforts to tackle climate change.

The app, which is already used by other local authorities across the UK, allows participants to earn points that can be spent at participating local businesses, redeemed for vouchers at major retailers and hospitality venues or donated to charity.

The BetterPoints app can be downloaded to a smartphone (Android or iPhone) or tablet. Journeys are then detected through the app – so once a user starts moving, activity is automatically recorded.

Whenever someone registered walks, wheels, runs, cycles or rides on public transport in East Dunbartonshire, they will earn BetterPoints. Bonus points can be achieved by travelling sustainably into Bearsden, Bishopbriggs, Kirkintilloch and Milngavie town centres.

Everyone who joins BetterPoints East Dunbartonshire and completes the Get Started Survey before June 9 will be entered into a draw for a £20 Scotland Loves Local East Dunbartonshire Gift Card.

For businesses and service providers, signing up is also easy – and there’s no cost, reward vouchers are paid for by BetterPoints. Organisers say this is a way to reach new customers, boost business, be featured on the app, while promoting local sustainability and good health.

Councillor Pamela Marshall, Vice Convener of the Council’s Place, Neighbourhood and Corporate Assets Committee, said: “I’m delighted that the BetterPoints app is now available for residents, businesses and service providers in East Dunbartonshire. It’s an innovative way to encourage people to get active, improving their health and wellbeing, while reducing carbon emissions.

“We’re lucky that our area offers so many wonderful walking and cycling routes. Find out more about how you could achieve your goals on the go and turn miles into smiles by downloading the app for free or visiting the website.”

For more information, visit the BetterPoints website.