Renfrewshire Council launched its Not Far? Leave the Car campaign in March 2022 as part of its commitment to active travel and its drive to meet its climate change aims. The campaign rewards people in Renfrewshire for walking, cycling and using public transport, with discounts and prizes at local Renfrewshire businesses. It is being provided through the free BetterPoints app and has been funded by the Scottish Government.
The campaign now has nearly 1,000 members, and you are encouraged to sign up if you haven’t done so already and to encourage others across Renfrewshire to take part. The campaign is also being promoted through the Beat the Street game currently running in Paisley, which is supporting young people, their parents and carers, and the community to get active.
A recap of Not Far? Leave the Car
You can earn points by walking, wheeling, cycling or using public transport for your journeys – basically any journey that leaves the car at home.
You can use these points to collect vouchers or discounts from more than 125 local businesses in Renfrewshire – including cafes, restaurants, hairdressers, jewellers and more.
It’s a great way to support local businesses while getting healthier.
You can also donate your points to charities like St Vincent’s Hospice, ACCORD Hospice or the Scottish Wildlife Trust.
What’s going on at the moment?
16-22 September is TravelWise Week and there’s £1,300 worth of prizes on offer, including a European city break.
Eurostar top prize
Everyone who tracks a car-free trip over a mile on three days between Thursday 22 September and Wednesday 5 October – and takes a short survey to opt in – will go into the draw for a £500 travel and accommodation voucher from Eurostar, plus £300 of spending money. The winner will be announced on Thursday 6 October
Refer a friend
There are three weekly prizes of 100,000 BetterPoints (£100!) and every friend you refer, up to ten per week, will earn you an entry into the draws during September.
Car Free Day
Every car-free trip of over a mile on Thursday 22 September will earn an entry into the draw for one of two prizes of 50,000 BetterPoints.
You can download the free BetterPoints app from Renfrewshire Council’s website.
As soon as you’re registered, you can start earning points and discounts.