Sheffield City Council has introduced a new app called BetterPoints Sheffield, which is designed to encourage residents to travel by walking or wheeling and other more sustainable modes.
The BetterPoints function as a digital currency that can be spent at university catering outlets, redeemed for high street vouchers or donated to charity.
Sheffield City Council has said the free app is hoped to encourage residents to leave their cars at home.
Tram, train, bus and bike journeys can all be recorded within the app, as well as those made by foot or wheelchair.
The scheme is being rolled out after a four-year pilot run by the University of Sheffield, which saw 27% of its staff switch to either walking or cycling to work.
Jack Windle, manager, BetterPoints Sheffield, said: “We know people who walk, cycle or take public transport to work are happier and healthier, but what we also know is that those people pass and visit local shops, cafes and other businesses to spend their money locally.
“BetterPoints Sheffield will reward people for making healthier journeys, and those rewards can be spent at local businesses or donated to fantastic local causes.”
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