January's Ditch the Car Star: Rosie

Move for Change allows everyone who lives, works or studies in Brighton & Hove 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!

Rosie moved down to Brighton from London 9 years ago, after falling in love with the city and its people. She lives in Hove and has a passion for being outside in nature with her family and dogs, but when she’s not in the great outdoors, staying in and playing board and card games.


“I heard about Move for Change through my daughter’s school, and my wife, daughter and I thought that would be great way to get points, be outside, and engage with our health and fitness. At first, in the colder weather the car was tempting, but we decided we weren’t going to do that! I know what’s better, and I have an incentive to make a better choice – even when it’s icy we can still get the bus. The car is now the absolute last resort.
I have a few medical conditions, one of which is narcolepsy which can make daily life quite hard, I can be quite fatigued. About a year ago for my birthday I got an electric assist bike, to get back to exercising as I used to play semi-professional hockey. Due to the health conditions I have, I know I won’t be back to the same level and that’s why I was putting it off. However, I’ve done a lot of self-reflection which has led me to these different forms of exercise, like cycling and walking which I now do a lot of.
The app massively helps me to be active. Reflection and recognition are so important, and seeing and logging how far and fast I’ve gone is a lovely thing, as I can see my fitness improving. I was hit by a car as a pedestrian in 2014, and live with chronic pain day-to-day. During a course I was told that I break through those 5 minutes of pain it strengthens my muscles and improves my whole body. Combined with eating healthily, it makes me the healthiest version of myself that I can be.
Cycling and walking help me to engage with the world around me. We no longer listen to the negativity on the radio, but instead I can play games like ‘I Spy’ with my daughter, which has made me more positive and therefore more resilient. I now see hidden pockets of the city where people have built treehouses, graffiti and all of the things which make Brighton amazing. People hang crocheted hearts and other things with positive messages around the city, and those bits of human kindness are a great way to engage with the world.”

Well done to Rosie, who has won 5,000 BetterPoints by sharing their story. You could join her and 1000s of others Moving for Change in Brighton & Hove - download it via QR code below or the buttons when you scroll down.

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