The BetterPoints Southwark challenge allows everyone who lives, works or studies in Southwark to earn BetterPoints for walking/wheeling, cycling and using public transport. Download the app via the buttons or QR code at the bottom of the page to join in and start earning rewards today!
Gabrielle works in public and community engagement for new developments and lives in Surrey Quays. She has used the app to walk and discover the history and architecture of the backstreets and riverside in Southwark.
Here’s what she said:
“I first heard about BetterPoints from an email from Southwark Council. I like the way there’s a rewards system and thought it would help me stay active. I feel like it’s helped me to make little changes, like walking instead of taking the bus or tube – it’s all for the points!
I love walking the Thames Path, I often follow it up past the docks and all the way over to Greenwich Village, as well as through Southwark Park. One thing I have done recently is start walking on the backstreets instead of the main roads, which have some really nice historical architecture which I hadn’t seen before. With my job, I work on projects in Southwark and do a lot of travel to sites, including a few on Old Kent Road. I cycle pretty much everywhere for work.
It’s really easy in London to end up in the hustle and bustle on public transport, so I’ve really enjoyed the headspace and relaxation of walking and cycling. When I compare the distance and how long it takes, switching to the bike is definitely quicker than public transport a lot of the time.
The app is really good, it does a great job of tracking progress and setting goals and it has a lot of positive incentives. I get messages about my progress throughout the week, to say that I’m hitting my fitness targets. A lot of the time I exceed them which is nice. I’ve also got a competition with my housemates for most distance travelled during the week as they’re all on it. I’m vying to be the first to get a Decathlon voucher!”
Well done to Gabrielle, our newest Southwark Star and winner of 25,000 BetterPoints for sharing her story. Want to be like Gabrielle and 1000s of others across Southwark earning rewards for their sustainable journeys? Scan the QR code below or tap the buttons at the bottom of the page.