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Challenge FAQs

Thinking of joining the challenge or have some questions?

Read on to find out more

What is the Not Far? Leave the Car challenge?

Not Far? Leave the Car is a free to join rewards program designed to help you get active, earn rewards and support local traders and charities. It rewards sustainable travel for commuting and leisure trips and encourages regular, healthy activity for residents and employees in Renfrewshire. The challenge will run until Saturday 31 December 2022.

How has the challenge been funded?

Not Far? Leave the Car is funded by Renfrewshire Council and supported by the Scottish Government.

Why should I take part?

BetterPoints is an award-winning app that encourages people to get active by walking, running, wheeling or cycling more, for commuting purposes or leisure. Taking part will allow you to earn rewards for travelling in active and environmentally friendly ways. You can support local traders and charities with the BetterPoints you earn. The secure and anonymised data your participation provides will also help Renfrewshire Council to improve provision for active and sustainable transport, helping to make Renfrewshire a cleaner, greener, more liveable county for everyone.

How can I get involved?

Check out the 'Join Not Far? Leave the Car' page, or in a nutshell:

Download the free BetterPoints app from the App Store or Google Play.

  • Register on the app.
  • Join the Not Far? Leave the Car challenge.
  • To manually record a journey, tap the Play button ▶️ at the start of your journey. Don’t forget to press stop when you’re finished.
  • Or, to track your activity automatically, switch the automatic tracking function on - the app will then pick up when you’re on the move.
  • Check your points balance and help your favourite cause via the Donations tab or treat yourself via the Rewards catalogue.

How can I earn points or win a prize?

You can earn points and win lots of fantastic prizes for travelling actively and sustainably. Check out all the rewards here.

What is the difference between BetterTickets and BetterPoints?

BetterPoints can be earned by tracking eligible activities - over time they add up. Your points balance appears in the menu on the left of the app. Once you’ve collected enough points you can redeem them against vouchers in the catalogue on the app or donate them to charity. Every 1,000 BetterPoints is worth £1.

BetterTickets are prize draw entries earned for doing a specific activity. The tickets you earn automatically enter you into our weekly or monthly prize draws. The more tickets you earn, the more chances you have of winning. Prizes can include pots of BetterPoints and specific things such as bike lights or restaurant vouchers.

What can I spend my points on?

You can give your points to your favourite charity by tapping Donate in the app, or check out our list of local and national vouchers by tapping Redeem.

Can I take part if I use a wheelchair, and if so, how do I record my journeys?

Yes! All kinds of wheelchairs can be tracked as 'wheeling' in our app. You download the app as per the instructions above. If you select automatic tracking, the app will automatically track your journey. Due to the motion sensors inbuilt in your device, and our algorithms in the app, it may assume you are cycling, rather than wheeling. In your timeline, after completing your journey, you will be able to amend this to wheeling and your journey will be updated. You will be awarded the same amount of points/tickets as walking, running or cycling journeys.

Do you have any more questions?

If you have any other questions in advance of signing up that are not covered on this page, then please contact customercare@betterpoints.uk.


If you are already a BetterPoints app user and have any questions not covered on this page, then please check out the FAQs in the app. These can be found in the ‘Help’ section in the main menu.

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