Beryl launches new e-bike scheme in Cornwall, England
Beryl’s latest launch will provide Falmouth’s residents with a fleet of 50 e-bikes, with plans to further expand to the Cornish towns of Newquay, Penzance, St Austell and Truro over the coming months.
Beryl has announced that along with Cornwall Council it has launched the first part of its new e-bike share scheme in Falmouth, Cornwall. Now, a fleet of fifty e-bikes are available to hire across the town via the Beryl app.
The e-bikes can be hired from and returned to 20 ‘Beryl Bays’, which have been located following consultation with communities and key stakeholders. The scheme will be operated by Beryl on behalf of Cornwall Council and has been funded by the Council’s Carbon Neutral Cornwall fund.
Beryl CEO and Co-founder, Phil Ellis, said: “Cornwall is undoubtedly a fantastic place for people to take advantage of our e-bikes, so I’m delighted that we’re up and running. E-bikes are a really fun and versatile way to travel and their extra power can really open up areas, enabling riders to tackle hills and undertake longer journeys. They’re also great for commuting, helping to reduce physical exertion and allowing people to arrive at work clean and ready to go. By swapping the car for an e-bike journey, you’re not only boosting your own health and fitness, you’re also helping to reduce congestion and harmful carbon emissions, so why not give it a try.”
Philip Desmonde, Cornwall Council cabinet portfolio holder for transport, said: “I am delighted that we will be able to bring this scheme to residents in these five areas. I hope it will encourage more people to leave the car at home and use pedal power – with a little assistance. This supports our ambitions to give residents choices about how they travel short distances – in Falmouth alone almost half of all car journeys to work are of less than 5km. Taking these journeys by e-bike can help make a difference not just to our environment, but our health too.”
The scheme will expand further over the coming months to Newquay, Penzance, St Austell and Truro, with each Cornish town set to welcome a new fleet of 50 e-bikes.
Riders can pay for their journeys in a variety of ways to suit individual needs and circumstances, with different passes and bundles available for single journeys and more regular users. In addition, the Beryl app is available for free download from the App Store for iOS, and the Google Play Store for Android users.
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