Travel green in Milton Keynes to earn free vouchers
A rewards system which could earn local people free vouchers for major retailers if they travel using greener methods is back this month.
Milton Keynes City Council is running its Get Around Rewards again this year through the BetterPoints app which lasts until October. The BetterPoints system adds points for every sustainable journey made, logging it through the BetterPoints app. Participants just need to download the app, join Get Around Rewards and ensure their location is on and points will be allocated automatically. This includes walking, wheeling, cycling and using the bus – as well as using MK Connect and the Enterprise Car Club. Each month there will be a prize draw to win £50 or 50,000 BetterPoints and throughout the campaign there will be plenty of opportunities for people to boost their points total by attending any of the Get Around MK events.
Almost 200,000 sustainable journeys were logged in MK last year using BetterPoints, covering nearly 350,000 miles.
Once enough points have been built up, users can cash the points in for free vouchers at major retailers, including Currys, Ikea, John Lewis and many others. Alternatively, people have the option to donate their points to the Mayor’s nominated charities Medical Detection Dogs and MK SNAP or a charity of their choice.
More information is available at getaroundrewards.betterpoints.uk. The BetterPoints app is available to download for free on Apple and Android devices.
“We were really encouraged by how popular the scheme was last year and hope that even more people take advantage this time. It’s a really simple way to grab some freebies from your favourite shops all while getting fit and doing your bit for the environment. I encourage everyone to get involved and make the most of the offer while it lasts.”
– Cabinet Member for Climate Action and Sustainability, Cllr Jennifer Wilson-Marklew