Beryl E-Scooters Arrive In Bournemouth and Poole
January 25, 2021 - by fusionmedia Client News
Beryl, the bike share provider across Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole, will today offer another form of safe, sustainable and affordable travel with the gradual rollout of Beryl e-Scooters across Bournemouth and Poole.
The trial, part of a 12 month Department for Transport pilot in partnership with Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council, has been fast tracked as a direct response to the COVID-19 pandemic to allow residents another form of socially distanced travel for essential journeys. Beryl’s existing bike share scheme has played a huge role in helping key workers and NHS staff take essential trips and reduce pressure on public transport.
As such, the scheme will launch today with 50 Beryl e-Scooters available to hire through the free-to-download Beryl App. e-Scooters will be distributed across bays that include Bournemouth and Poole hospitals as well as Bournemouth and Poole train stations. More e-Scooters will be added as lockdown measures ease and will be implemented following analysis of journey data and trends to ensure the scheme is in line with the community’s needs.
Beryl’s e-Scooters will operate concurrently with its bike-share scheme, allowing riders to hire and drop off e-Scooters and bikes from Beryl Bays that have been implemented in consultation with BCP Council and other local stakeholders. At launch, the Beryl e-scooter service is permitted for use across Bournemouth and Poole within the service area shown here. These marked parking areas ensure an orderly and convenient scheme, with Beryl’s micromobility services across the UK experiencing up to 94% of trips ending in a Beryl Bay.
Beryl CEO Philip Ellis said: “We are delighted to have fast tracked the introduction of the Beryl e-scooter scheme to Bournemouth and Poole to help deliver another mode of socially-distanced travel. This latest offering of smart travel strengthens Beryl’s ability to offer safe and sustainable journey options to residents and visitors to the area.”
“Since the DfT e-Scooter trials launched in late 2020, we have seen that they are popular and convenient as well as a great tool to help people take greener journeys that would have otherwise been taken by car.”
“Our hybrid operating model that has allowed our bike share in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole to be hugely successful, will play a key part in establishing an e-Scooter scheme that is flexible, orderly and beneficial to the entire community.”
Transport Minister Rachel Maclean said, “The trials of rental e-scooters starting in Bournemouth and Poole could offer a socially distanced way of getting from A to B for key workers and those making essential journeys.”
“Learning from trials already taking place, Bournemouth and Poole’s will see strict safety measures introduced – including license verification and responsible parking incentives, while also helping us better understand any impacts on public spaces.”
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