Beryl introduces e-cargo bike scheme pilot in Westminster

Posted: 11 April 2023 | | No comments yet

Beryl’s e-cargo bikes will help reduce traffic congestion and carbon emissions, as well as improve air quality in Westminster, by offering residents and visitors with a sustainable alternative to vans and cars.

Beryl introduces e-cargo bike scheme pilot in Westminster

Credit: Beryl

Beryl has announced that along with Westminster City Council it has launched a new sustainable transport scheme, with four new e-cargo bikes now available to hire in Westminster as part of a new pilot designed to help residents and businesses travel across the city more sustainably.

The e-cargo bikes can be rented using the Beryl app from the following locations:

  • Outside Sainsbury’s Local at Maida Hill, Harrow Road
  • Opposite Westminster Academy, Harrow Road
  • Outside Kennet House residential tower block, Church Street
  • Outside Holland & Barrett, Warwick Way (at the end of Tachbrook Market).

Fitted with an electric-assist motor for extra power, the bikes are ideal for transporting small to medium loads, such as work tools, shopping or sports equipment. They can be used on cycle lanes, making them a sustainable alternative to vans and cars, as well as help reduce carbon emissions and traffic congestion while improving air quality and public health. 

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Beryl CEO and co-founder Phil Ellis, said: “We know from running an e-cargo bike hire pilot scheme in Hackney that our e-cargo bikes can be incredibly useful to many people, from businesses and tradesmen to families and individuals. They’re not only fun and sustainable, they have a wide range of uses and are a great way to avoid being sat in endless traffic queues, while boosting your mental and physical health. The vehicles are also extremely convenient and cost-effective when compared to private vehicle ownership, removing the burden of storage as well as the cost of fuel, tax, maintenance, MOT and insurance.”

Councillor Paul Dimoldenberg, Cabinet Member for City Management and Air Quality at Westminster City Council, said: “We are committed to making the city a safer and more pleasant place to walk and cycle, and to tackle key pinch points for London’s vital bus network. Improvements to walking safety, cycling connections and public transport priority schemes are vital if we are to improve air quality.”

E-cargo bikes can be hired through the Beryl app, available for free download on the App Store for iOS, and the Google Play Store for Android users.

Launched initially as a six-month pilot, the scheme will be monitored and reviewed by Westminster City Council and Beryl.