Two friends resting on a bench near BCP coastline. A Beryl bike is propped against the bench

Summer scooter safety scheme back for 2022

A scheme designed to make Beryl’s e-scooter scheme even safer around Bournemouth and Poole seafront promenades is set to return from 1 July.

The “Go Slow” zones will run from the Jazz Cafe at Sandbanks in the west, past Bournemouth and Boscombe Piers and end at Southbourne Beach in the east.  

Through the use of GPS data and geo-fencing technology, Beryl e-scooters entering the zones will automatically and gradually slow down to a reduced speed of 3mph. Riders will then be encouraged to walk their e-scooter through these areas. 

Go Slow zones were introduced as part of a trial scheme in partnership with BCP Council throughout the summer and festive periods of 2021. They are in line with BCP Council regulations for cycling on seafront walkways and the promenade.

By reducing speeds in areas of anticipated high footfall, the zones allow for safer integration while still encouraging residents and visitors to the area to take active travel measures where possible. 

Beryl CEO Phil Ellis said: “It is safe and convenient to ride an e-scooter throughout most areas of Bournemouth and Poole, and they continue to provide a fun and cost-effective alternative to car travel, reducing congestion and carbon emissions. 

“However, we know from previous experience and from working closely in partnership with BCP Council that the promenade areas are extremely popular during the summer months and attract thousands of people. 

“It is therefore paramount that we not only consider the safety of the wider public, but also our riders too as people venture out to enjoy the picturesque scenery and many attractions. 

“The technology involved in the ‘Go Slow’ zones is incredibly safe and has been vigorously tested by our operations team, so riders can be assured that when they enter these zones their e-scooter will gradually slow down to the set limit.” 

Beryl will send push notifications to riders’ phones when they are entering these areas so they are aware of the incoming speed change. Beryl e-scooters are currently equipped with phone holders for enhanced safety and easy navigation. 

These reduced speed zones which include the Bournemouth promenade and Christchurch, which will be visible in the app. “Go Slow” areas are shaded in yellow with a tortoise icon, and “No Go” areas are shaded in black with a stop sign icon. A clock icon will highlight the operating hours. 

Beryl e-scooters can be used on roads, cycle lanes, carriageways and other areas where cycling is permitted but not on pavements. E-scooter riders will be required to provide a valid UK driving licence before using the vehicle.