November's Ditch the Car Star: Ruth

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!

Ruth lives in Fiveways with her partner and 3 children. She is a GP in Peacehaven and since buying a bike through her cycle to work scheme last year, has been an advocate for active travel to her colleagues and patients.

“I heard about the campaign through our Green Team in my surgery and through council outreach to help local businesses become greener. I was keen to get cycling to work and the app has helped encourage me to make the change. I now cycle to work much more often than driving. I've been encouraging people to change to a green and active commute to work and promoting BetterPoints as part of that during team meetings.

I really made cycling my norm from the spring of this year. I was keen to be more environmentally friendly and get fitter in the process.  I wasn't a keen cyclist so I bought an electric bike to encourage myself to do the 10 miles each way, with the plan that as I got fitter I could gradually lower the power output.  

It's a glorious and invigorating ride down to the seafront from Fiveways and along the undercliff path most of the way until Saltdean. Then it’s a brief hop onto a road to get into Peacehaven. The Brighton cycle paths have been getting better and better, which has made cycling around town more enjoyable. We’ve also got a family cargo bike too so we can all get around).  

The benefits are plenty! The commute time is much more predictable as there’s no traffic jams to contend with. I also feel great on days that I've cycled, with a much more active and relaxed mind, and smug that I've done my exercise for the day as part of my commute rather than needing to do anything at home. I often feel really pleased with myself as I speed past queues of traffic and I wish I could persuade the people I pass sitting in solid traffic into Brighton to jump on bikes instead!

I think the campaign is great as it just nudges you towards a better behaviour for yourself and the environment, both for those in the community locally and on a global scale. I think it's easy to think things are too difficult, but making little steps to increase your active travel can really help with health - even just walking a bit further to a bus stop or getting off a stop earlier.”

Well done to Ruth, who has won 5,000 BetterPoints by sharing their story.

You could be next month's Ditch the Car Star, just tap the Menu > More ways to Earn > Move for Change Ditch the Car Star and complete the survey.

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